DAVID GRAY FACTS:
Members: David Gray
Genre: Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, Rock
Hometown: Sale, England
Albums: A Century Ends, Flesh, Sell, Sell, Sell, White Ladder, Lost Songs 95-98, A New Day At Midnight, Life in Slow Motion, Foundling
Hits: "Birds Without Wings”, “Shine”, “Wisdom”
Other: Has songs featured in many TV shows including Scrubs, Alias, and Dawson’s Creek
Thanks to his soothing voice and thought-provoking lyrics, English-born singer-songwriter David Gray was mildly successful in the United Kingdom throughout much of the 1990s. However, over the last 10 years his fame has spread to the United States and his mellow tunes remain very popular among music fans throughout the world.
Gray got his start in the early '90s when he released his first two albums, A Century Ends and Flesh, to little fanfare. While they were well received by folk rock fans, the two releases failed to generate much attention outside Gray's niche fan base. After the limited success of his first foray into the music scene, Gray's third album, 1996's Sell Sell Sell, ditched the stripped down sound of his first two efforts and appealed to a much broader group of music lovers. Although the album garnered significant critical acclaim and the song "Late Night Radio" achieved some play on local radio stations, it was several years before Gray hit the mainstream.
Gray's fourth album, White Ladder, was released in 1998 but took off in 2000. The album was the first release of ATO Records, a company founded by Dave Matthews, which gave it a significant boost in popularity. White Ladder contained a number of hits including "This Year's Love," "Please Forgive Me," and "Sail Away." Most successful however, was "Babylon," which peaked at number five on the U.K. Singles Chart in August of 2000. Thanks to its critical acclaim, the album has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide.
Gray followed up White Ladder soon after with 2002's A New Day at Midnight. While it was not quite as beloved by critics, the album still reached platinum status and sold 150,000 copies in its first week.
After the release of A New Day at Midnight, Gray took a three-year break from the music scene. It was not until 2005 that fans and critics were given a new effort in the form of Life in Slow Motion. Much like its predecessor, the album was a commercial success, but unlike its forbearer, it was beloved by critics.
Despite the success of Life in Slow Motion, Gray didn't release another album for four years. 2009's Draw the Line provided listeners with a fresh sound, and the album featured the song "Full Steam," which was a duet with former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox. His most recent release, Foundling, which dropped in August 2010, featured the single "A Moment Changes Everything."
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Felt like David Gray was singing just to me I saw David Gray perform at one of the most intimate venues - Hogg Auditorium on UT's campus. We sat in the front row of the balcony and had one of the best seats in the auditorium. He has the most amazing voice - one that is powerful but still very raw. The set design felt like you were outside underneath a starry sky. This concert is one of my most memorable and I can't wait to see him again! August 9, 2010