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In 2021, the Luke Combs, number one hit “Does to Me” co-writer, Ray Fulcher, made the decision to talk about his own mental health struggles, in hopes that it would help others to reach out for help with theirs.  

After talking with his manager, Fulcher decided to start mental health fund to raise awareness of the struggles that musicians and songwriter’s battle and to leave the door open for those who reached out for help. It was in May of 2021, that Fulcher announced that he was partnering with the Music Health Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization, that helps connect musicians, singers, and songwriters, with health-care professionals, and that he had created the Pretty Good Ball Fund (named after a line in his song “Love Ya Son, Go Dawgs”), to help them get the help they needed. 

 Fulcher had always dismissed his mental health care and thought it was just something you were supposed to power through. “When somebody said, ‘mental health,’ I was like, ‘Well, that’s up to you to be tough or not,’” Fulcher said, “But two things can be true at once: You can be a badass and still say, ‘Something’s not right, I don’t know how to fix it, so I’m going to find someone who does.’” 

Fulcher, who has co-written 21 songs with Luke Combs, 4 which have gone to the #1 spot on the charts, and also just released his debut album, Spray Painted Line in June, started facing his own mental health battles head on during the pandemic shut down. “When the pandemic came around, it gave me a chance to really take stock. In a lot of areas of my life, I hadn’t done a good job of upkeep. In particular, some relationships that were important to me fell by the wayside. I realized that I’d been dealing with some anxiety. I looked into therapy and then I just went and did it. I went and did some counseling,” says Fulcher. “So many lightbulbs went off for me. I came away from that going, ‘This stuff is really important.” 

he’s in a good head space, and his willingness to talk openly about his mental health has already been inspiring fellow artists. 

  

“People have come up to me and are just getting really honest. I’ve had a few text me and go, ‘I’ve been watching your Pretty Good Ball stuff and I want to say how awesome it is — and I want to start therapy. Do you have anywhere I can start?’” Fulcher says. “I think it’s important to open the conversation and try to eliminate the stigma.” 

If you would like to donate to the Pretty Good Ball Fund, please visit the website at www.prettygoodball.com 

To keep up with Ray Fulcher and any Pretty Good Ball events, please visit www.rayfulchermusic.com 

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  1. Cara Faulkner on September 2, 2022

    RAY
    IM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR HELPING THE OTHERS OUT. YOUR ONE AMAZING GUY AND YOUR MUAIC HELPS ME OUT ALOT. KEEP THEM COMING. ILL SUPPORT YOU ANDTHE PRETTY GOOD BALL FUND OUT.. LOVE YA STAY STRONG 💪 ❤️


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