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David Gray was born in Manchester in 1970. By The time he was nine years old he had moved to Wales with his family whew he was raised until he left to study at the University of Liverpool. He began playing in punk bands where he lived and also played in a few bands while at college where he began to experiment with a more poetic form of writing. After Liverpool he moved to London where he could be closer to the action and the heart of the music business. He signed to Hut records in the UK and Caroline in the U.S. His first release followed shortly afterwards ' the single 'Birds without Wings ' in 1992.
His debut album, A Century Ends was released to great acclaim in the first half of 1993- ten tracks of anger, love, passion and just about every other emotion you can think of. It has become a classic in its own right and succeeded in winning over a core of loyal followers who have stayed with him ever since. Following a full tour of Europe, David returned to record his second album Flesh which was released in 1994. Continuing to work with Hut in Europe under the Virgin umbrella, however, a lack of support from the label eventually lead to him being dropped from the label. He was quickly snapped up by EMI records. Meanwhile his profile and popularity In Ireland began to rise rapidly. "No Disco" (Network 2's groundbreaking) alternative music program hosted by the now legendary Donal Dineen) played his videos constantly as well as showcasing his live potential in televised sessions.
b. 13 June 1968, Manchester, England but raised in the Welsh fishing village of Solva. Gray first aspired to being a rock performer after watching 2-Tone bands on television. He formed a punkish outfit at school, cranking out rock classics at double speed, then began writing songs when he was 17. Polydor Records A&R man Rob Holden heard a demo while recuperating from a motorcycle crash and was sufficiently convinced to quit his job and become Gray's manager. Pegged as a "crop-headed Welsh troubadour" with "a chip on both shoulders", Gray's early material was in fact as sensitive as it was angry, and the manic energy communicated with his acoustic guitar thrash set him apart from the folkies. He enjoyed an initial breakthrough in Ireland with "Shine', taken from 1993"s debut A Century Ends. A number of tours as support to singer-songwriters (Maria McKee, Kirsty MacColl, Shawn Colvin) brought him early exposure in America, and a one-off support with Joan Baez led to her praising "the best lyrics since the young Bob Dylan".
Although acknowledging a debt to Dylan, whose music had influenced him from the age of 13, Gray tempered his spirit of folksy protest with a 90s street-level sensibility. This attitude brought comparisons with Mark Eitzel of American Music Club, but also appeared destined to consign Gray to the same perennial cult status as Eitzel. The singer's 1998 collection White Ladder was recorded in his bedroom on a four-track, and several of the tracks featured heavily in the film This Year's Love. The album became a bestseller in Ireland and, backed by the might of EastWest Records, belatedly broke into the UK Top 10 the following year on the back of the Top 5 single, "Babylon". The record's success prompted resurgence in the singer-songwriter format, with the UK's New Musical Express dubbing the trend the "new acoustic movement". The album finally topped the UK charts in August 2001, almost three years after its initial release.
Gray's eagerly awaited new studio album was finally released in November 2002, and duly swept to the top of the UK charts.