David Gray Biography
David Gray is an English singer-songwriter.
Gray was born on June 13, 1968 (some sources say 1970) in Sale, Cheshire, England. He moved to Wales at age 9 and later returned to the north-west of England to attend the University of Liverpool. His musical career got early support from a dedicated Irish fan base. At an early gig in Ireland, Gray was introduced by comic playwright Pat Ingoldsby.
After a few marginally successful releases through the 1990s, Gray's breakthrough came with the worldwide release in 1999 of his fourth album, White Ladder; this was a critical and commercial success and included his best-known songs, "This Year's Love", "Babylon" and "Please Forgive Me". In the United States, the album received a boost from jam-band leader Dave Matthews, who made it the first release by the record company he co-founded, ATO Records. In Ireland, it remains the biggest selling album ever.
On August 11, 2001 White Ladder finally reached the top of the UK albums chart, on the back of the single success of "Babylon" (a remixed and edited version for radio, which cut the third verse completely). The album had been selling steadily since its re-issue the previous May, thereby setting a new record for the longest uninterrupted climb to Number One. The 2002 follow-up (not counting the Lost Songs 95-98 release), A New Day At Midnight, went straight in at Number One, whilst Gray's seventh album, Life in Slow Motion also hit the top in its first week in September 2005.
Gray's early music was in a contemporary folk-rock, singer-songwriter mode; his primary instrument was acoustic guitar, with occasional piano. 1996's Sell, Sell, Sell featured some rock arrangements and electric instrumentation. Starting with the release of White Ladder in 1999, Gray began to make significant use of computer-generated music to accompany his voice and acoustic instrumentation, a technique which differentiates him from many of his peers. Despite the move to more complex music, Gray has used small-scale, often home-based, recording methods and equipment and espoused a "do it yourself" approach to music production.
However, Life in Slow Motion is a collaboration with noted producer Marius De Vries.
Gray is currently working on a video for Slow Motion which is taking a relatively long time to complete, after which he'll be taking a short break from his music career.