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David Gray

British singer/songwriter David Gray had already released three overlooked albums by the time White Ladder (and its international breakthrough hit, "Babylon") brought his mix of acoustic instruments and electronic samples to the mainstream. Born in Manchester in 1968, Gray relocated to Wales at the age of nine before returning home to attend the University of Liverpool. While in school, he dabbled in several punk bands and began exploring new styles of writing, eventually uncovering his own poetic penmanship. Following a move to London, Gray signed to Hut Records in the United Kingdom and Caroline Records in the United States, releasing the debut single, "Birds Without Wings," in 1992. The next year saw the release of his first full-length record, A Century Ends, and Gray's trademark style of fiery vocals countered with folksy, acoustic songcraft began to find an audience, particularly in Ireland. However, despite frequent solo tours (as well as an opening slot for Shawn Colvin), Gray's edgy sophomore effort, Flesh, was met with an underwhelming response in 1994, and he was dropped from his label as a result.

Gray signed a new contract with EMI Records; meanwhile, the buzz in Ireland continued to build thanks to No Disco, an alternative music video program that showcased Gray every chance it got. Hanging onto that thread, Sell, Sell, Sell arrived in 1996 in limited quantities. Gray hitched up his touring boots and hit the road again, this time opening for such heavy-hitters as Radiohead and Dave Matthews Band, but a lack of mainstream response resulted in Gray's split from EMI. Recapturing and embracing his independence, he decided to self-finance his fourth album, White Ladder, and release it on his own label, IHT Records, in 1998. Recorded in a London apartment with an easy blend of samplers and acoustic guitar, White Ladder was a sublime leap forward for the underappreciated Gray. Ireland certainly recognized its merit, as the record immediately climbed into the Irish Top 30. Gray found other outlets for promotion as well, offering five tunes (including the elegiac title track) to the soundtrack of This Year's Love. The good fortune continued as former road pal Dave Matthews (who had taken a liking to Gray during their shared tour) made White Ladder the first release on his own ATO Records imprint in 2000. Boosted by this additional release, "Babylon" enjoyed a positive reception in the U.S. and peaked at number five on the U.K. charts. Its success coincided with Gray's performance on the main stage at Glastonbury, and White Ladder went on to enjoy multi-platinum sales.

Gray celebrated his newfound recognition by issuing a handful of albums in 2001, including a pair of compilations (Lost Songs 95-98 and The EP's 92-94) and two reissued records (A Century Ends and Flesh). Although his popularity remained greater in Europe, he maintained moderate success in the States as well, and A New Day at Midnight followed up his successful international breakthrough in the fall of 2002. Gray worked with producer Marius de Vries (Björk, Rufus Wainwright) for 2005's Life in Slow Motion; the reflective album debuted at the top of the charts in both Ireland and the U.K., giving Gray the highest chart rankings of his career. The singer then cobbled together his older material for 2007's Shine: The Best of the Early Years. The career-spanning Greatest Hits followed that fall, featuring two new tracks as well as Gray's most popular numbers.

Once again, David Gray found himself without a record label as he prepared to work on his eighth studio album. After setting up shop in his own London studio, dubbed the Church Studios, Gray began shaping his first set of original material since 2005. Vocalists Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland joined him on several songs, and the resulting Draw the Line was released in 2009 by Gray's new label, Polydor Records. "Fugitive" became a Top 40 hit in America, and the album itself charted well in multiple countries. Gray quickly returned with another album, Foundling, which drew its material from the Draw the Line sessions and hit stores less than 12 months after the previous album's release. His next record, Mutineers, was recorded at Church Studios and produced by Andy Barlow of Lamb. The June 2014 album was preceded by the single "Gulls," which displayed a change of direction for Gray, morphing from a minimalist, almost ambient, keyboard-led arrangement to a dark, noisy, powerfully haunting chorus. ~ Andrew Leahey & Kelly McCartney
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he has gracefully interupted my my very soul. he has tapped in and manipulated thought process.
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i just heard this man for the first time... the song was "my oh my"... i've never heard anything quite like it... i'm going through hell right now in my life... songs like this... people like him... remind you that you're not alone in the darkest days of your life... that others have been there, some are still there, and understand.. . a heartbreakin g beautiful and haunting song... thank you david gray...
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Nice and easy, I'm chilling in the 5-oh!
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I enjoy listening to David Gray,very relaxing
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David gray is amazing and one of the best concerts I've ever been to In my life
I hear people who have been to many amazing shows of his and follow him !!
So talented amazing my fave artist !!
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photographed in a coffin...whe r e is it?
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no more David Gray please. he sounds fake and forced like he wants to be Bob Dylan but doesn't have the depth or scope or experience to be anything more than a poser
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life in no motion. zzzzzz
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This is a beautiful song, David Grey is so poetic!!
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andreakeenan c r e w
I've been a loyal fan of David's since 1997. I've seen him countless times in various venues. My love for his music grows as he matures as an artist. I'm usually front row in Redmond Washington but will also be in the 6th row in Santa Barbara:) I love when he toured with the DMB, but am truly looking forward to seeing him with Amos Lee! David is a perfectionis t when it comes to the quality of his music and performances . . July 8th can't come quickly enough!
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I have been looking forward to seeing David in concert for well over 10 years going. This summer he and Amos Lee are teaming up for a show in Santa Barbara and I will be there in the 6th row. Should be an outstanding performance by both of these talented artists
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When your done press f6 in the comment section, your lover's name will come in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
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raping and abducting a three year old.. DON'T forgive whores who park molecules on my face.
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Always think of Babble On Babble On.
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bjohns7778
On the Draw The Line cover he looks like Lenny from Of Mice and Men.... I can tend dem wabbits George...
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Good music never herd of you till know you must get the girl I do to but you. Right get more.
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Love David's music! Have all of it! Heartfelt lyrics!
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Thankfully no one try's to copy him.Rare gem of a talent!
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His music says more than I could.
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I love his music so much! One of my favorite songs is Back In the World :)
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cool
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I've seen him 3 times. The last was this summer. I will see him every time he comes to my area. He and his music is MAGICAL.
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stephen, I feel precisely the same about David Gray - this song speaks especially to my heart & soul - David I would marry you if only...
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It connects with me somehow on the lower level that I cannot understand I feel like he's a friend of mine even though I've never met him. Hey David let's go for a beer man
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Loved this in Crazy/Beauti f u l <3
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nicolas1216
he was wonderful last week at the Oakdale theater in Connecticut, went with my mum.
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nemesis life itself. yes
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needing a bear hug right about now
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sadly i think this song got butchered by American Idol's Sam Woolfe :/
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You know I'm in love with u "D" ��
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moonlightpat h 4 5 1
Just saw him in Indy! He was amazing!!!
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I wanna see him SO BAD! he is amazing
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Just saw him last night. Tremendous show!
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Going to msg in NYC. Can't wait
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cheeesejerky y
Bob* ._.
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cheeesejerky y
Kinda reminds me of bon dylan's voice!
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sb.panniello
I just saw him live in Boston and it was one of the best rock shows I have seen in a great while. Fabulous, wonderful performer!
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sb.panniello
I just saw him live in Boston, one of thebest rock shows I have seen in a grat while!
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David Gray is amazing....S a i l Away is hands down the best song.
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David I am in love with you........L i s a Michelle Blythe...
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If you think he sounds great, then when given the opportunity, you must see him in concert. Unbelievable performance. The absolute best concert. The talent is overboard with this artist.
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david060014
I want to know who he is now!
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jwbiere
I heard him just once, and created a station for him. I have been mesmerized ever since.
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Pure passion in his voice
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nemesis profound deep and dark from a poet
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nemesis ,
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Brilliant
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silver lining ++++




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deep and dark
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legoluke21
Black&Green is right, everybody dies. Sadly, not everyone is born.
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