It took years for Arin Ray to find his voice after his 'X Factor' elimination. Now he's on 'Fire'

As a child, he found his first inspiration in Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye (his aunt sang backup for the crooner), the Bee Gees, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Usher and Musiq Soulchild. Attending Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts exposed Ray to other genres, like jazz and classical music.