Supernova garnered generally positive reception from music critics.
His song "Let It Be Me" was featured on the television series Parenthood and was included on the Parenthood soundtrack in 2010.It was also used in an episode entitled "JJ" from the sixth season of Criminal Minds and in the seventh episode from season one of Fringe titled In Which We Meet Mr. La Montagne's self-produced studio album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs), was released in August 2010.The song, "Empty", appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2010 and was heard during the film credits for the movie The Conspirator.It also appeared in Tony Kaye's film Detachment in 2011, released in the US in 2012.La Montagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1973, one of six children raised by his mother.
In his early teens he lived in Morgan, Utah, and was more interested in drawing images of Dungeons & Dragons than in his school work.Working again with producer Ethan Johns, the album featured La Montagne's touring band of Jennifer Condos on bass, Eric Heywood on guitar, and Ethan Johns on drums and guest vocals from singer/songwriter Leona Naess.The songs "Sarah" and "I Still Care For You" appeared on the television series House.In the summer of 1999 he recorded 10 songs for a demo album that was sent to various local music venues including Maine's Oddfellow Theater, where he was hired as an opening act for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards.A business executive named Ron Clayton discovered Ray at a musical festival in Maine and introduced La Montagne to Chrysalis Music Publishing and in 2004 La Montagne recorded the album Trouble with producer Ethan Johns and sold it to RCA Records in the US and Echo Records in the UK.At Rolling Stone, Will Hermes rated the album three and a half stars out of five, stating, "Predictably, [Dan] Auerbach [as producer] helps the singer pull bright colors from the Sixties' crayon box; less predictably, he makes it seem a perfectly logical progression of La Montagne's 10-plus years of cozy vibes." Thom Jurek of All Music rated the album three and a half stars out of five, writing that "Supernova is unapologetically and indulgently retro; a casual listen might dismiss it as mere nostalgia"; however, the "pairing [of] Auerbach's detailed, careful production with La Montagne's open, expertly crafted songwriting and breezy, sensual, emotionally unburdened signing, that boundary is shattered." At The Guardian, Dave Simpson rated the album four stars out of five, remarking, "There's nothing here that's exactly new, but by assembling an array of unexpected influences in one blissful place, La Montagne has crafted an unlikely perfect summer soundtrack." At The A. Club, Chris Mincher graded the album a B , saying, "Supernova is a surprisingly bold, enterprising follow-up from an artist who could have easily ridden out the rest of his career on adult-alternative autopilot." In May 2015, NBC's The Voice contestant Sawyer Fredericks performed "Please", a song written by La Montagne early in his career and included on his self-released album Introducing Ray Lamontagne.