David Gray brings unique style to the Orpheum


June 27th, 2011

Omaha, NE – David Gray is a genre-bending musician whose sound was transported from the English folk scene to mainstream success in the United States. Gray is a pianist and acoustic guitar player, and his music has an Irish feel. He blends folk and rock melodies that can almost sound like lullabies.

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The song This Year’s Love was recorded on Gray’s first commercial hit album – White Ladder. It was originally recorded in his London apartment, and first released in 1998. Gray was praised for his innovative use of simple recording techniques – often home-based and do-it-yourself. The album brought him to the mainstream, and was followed by A New Day at Midnight, which was deemed a disappointment by critics. Speaking on NPR’s The World Café in 2009, Gray was asked about his success, and he said it can be an inhibitor.

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“I’m not going to talk about it like it’s ever a bad thing,” Gray said. “But it takes time maybe to feel sure about what you’re doing and where you’re going next. There is an imprisoning element to the snapshot of you that everybody knows. It takes a certain amount of confidence and guts and determination to break out of that and do something else. I think there’s an aspect of success and fame and everything that comes with it that you must go out against.” Gray added, “There’s really no trick, I just think everyone has to find their own way through it.”

Gray regrouped in 2005, and has released three albums since, each hailed by critics as a return to his true sound and recording roots. David Gray performs July 11th at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Omaha.

(Click on the audio button above to hear samples of Gray’s music)

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