Shine your light

youth vocal competition

Raymond Cruz valiantly fought a battle with Stage 4 Ewing-like Sarcoma from 2017-2019. Throughout his battle, he was given the opportunity to share his message of hope with people through his music, from the hallways of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to the stage of the Ryman. Ray and his mother, Blandina, started the Shine Your Light Youth Vocal Competition in 2019 to raise funds for the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where Ray received his treatments.

Ray's family and friends will continue the competition in Ray's name and with his spirit guiding them.

2021 Winners


1st Emily Dengate

2nd Evelyn Dewberry

3rd Atteesha Dixie 

Middle school:

1st Mahalee Shandoff

2nd Matt Silva

3rd Vivian Clark

high school:

1st Gabby Miller

2nd Savannah Grace

3rd Sam Holt