David Gray Live has been released on VHS video in Ireland and the UK. Featuring David's sell-out concert in Dublin's Point Depot last December, the video captures the magic that the show generated. The gig took place at a time when his popularity was booming, just before the UK discovered him properly. As well as full concert footage, there is also bonus material of an interview with David Gray. Read more about this new video on the live video page.
Babylon has won the top award in the annual Q Awards ceremony last night. Beating various artists including Coldplay, David Gray's hot single won 'Best Single' award. This is the first mainstream award David has won, and will surely be the first of many. Before this award, his highest accolade was the 'Guest of the Nation' award given to him at the Hot Press awards in Dublin last year.
David Gray is to release a long-awaited live video. Fiitingly enough, he has chosen what he himself terms his turning point, and one of his finest moments - the concert in the Point Depot, Dublin. Recorded in December 1999, the sell out concert was his biggest solo gig to date, and an immediate sell-out of tickets. The concert will be remembered by fans as an amazing transition from small intimate venues to a breathtaking performance in such a huge venue
David Gray's third album, Sell Sell Sell is to be rereleased by Nettwerk Records shortly. The album was originally released in 1996 through EMI, but was not promoted much, and David suffered from much obstruction and record label difficulties. After he left EMI the album was deleted from production, and no more copies were since made available. EMI in the UK are also planning to release the album, on the back of David's recent success there.
David Gray is set to appear on one of America's most popular music and comedy shows, Saturday Night Live. His support in the US continues to grow apace and this showcase should boost him even further.
Following on from the success of Babylon in the UK, 'Please Forgive Me' is set to be the next single released from White Ladder in the UK. Originally, this song was released as the third single from White Ladder upon its initial Irish release. The single release will - like Babylon before it - differ from the album version, and is expected to be a more radio-friendly/dance mix.
It keeps getting bigger and better for David Gray. Having reached enormous success in Ireland and the UK, and snow-balling success in the US, now Australia becomes the next country to get White Ladder.
A very successful summer of gigs and festivals has enhanced DG's image and furthered his booming popularity. Interviews have appeared in most national publications and accross all TV stations and Internet web sites. It seems this is the peak of DG popularity. He still shows no signs of flagging though, as indicated with the recent release of his Lost Songs CD (see below), which has been very well received by fans.
Finally, David Gray's long-awaited acoustic CD, 'Lost Songs 95-98' has been released in Ireland. There are currently no plans to release it elsewhere, presumably in an effort not to confuse the market that are buying White Ladder. The album is better than expected, certainly not a collection of b-sides and rough demos, but a beautifully crafted 11 songs from the past couple of years. Each song a classic, this is an album all fans should own. If you do not live in Ireland, you can buy it on the 'net - see the Lost Songs page for more details.
Fortunes have drastically improved for David Gray in his native country this year. Since signing to EastWest, the re-released White Ladder album had performed brilliantly in the charts, and is finally starting to achieve the critical and commercial success it previously missed.
As he is finally gaining some of the success he deserves in the UK, David Gray is to play a rake of venues during the summer and into the Autumn in the UK. These gigs consist of the major Summer festivals, and mostly college arenas, where he was so successful in the Irish equivalent years ago.
Irish fans are in for a treat this summer with the exclusive release of 'Lost Songs 95-98'. A collection of songs written of the past few years, but not featured on any albums, the CD is set for an Irish-only release on June 30th.
Realising too late what a good thing they had in David Gray, EMI Records are now attempting to milk some extra money out of their brief back catalogue of DG songs. Sell Sell Sell, originally released in 1996 by EMI, was deleted soon after it was released. Soon after this David left EMI and later formed his own record company.
space of a few months, David Gray has signed to another new record label. In the
UK, he is now aligned with EastWest, who have declared him their priority
artist over the next few months. This move follows on from a period where he had
no other representation, as he maintained his own label, iht Records.
However, running his own record label took too much time away from his primary,
It will be a busy summer for DG as he tours around the US in May and June. Coming soon after the State-side release of White Ladder, this tour will hope to capitalise on the previous tour which brought him all over the country. This time, 21 dates have been announced (tickets on sale now!), which will see him play new venues, including Nashville and Atlanta among many others. The full touring schedule can be seen on the live page.
a major Dublin summer 2000 festival has just been announced, sponsored by
Guinness. The festival will feature over 50 live acts across 5 stages over
2 days. Headlining the massive gig, to be staged in Dublin's Fairyhouse
Racecourse is David Gray. Other artists confirmed to appear include Beck,
Travis and Ocean Colour Scene.
Just as the
dust settles on a highly successful US tour, David Gray is now to perform a
brief tour of the UK. He will take in Manchester, London, Oxford, Brighton
and Bristol. Tickets are expected to sell out very quickly.
years after its Irish release, White Ladder has finally been released in
America. The CD is released on ATO Records, and features slightly
different packaging than the original version. Also, all of the song lyrics
are printed inside the cover too, which certainly is a bonus. The main
difference lies on the CD itself. There are two bonus tracks - Nightblindness
and Babylon II - which fit in perfectly to the running order, and
more importantly, the CD is enhanced with an interview and concert footage.
They were filmed at the concert at the Point Depot, Dublin. The concert
footage features Please Forgive Me, one of the best songs of the
As David Gray steams ahead with his whistle-stop promotional tour of America, he is
set to appear on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', a late night NBC chat show. The
show will be recorded, and aired on Tuesday, 21st of March, coinciding with the US
release date of White Ladder. He is likely to perform, but it is not known if he will
be interviewed also.
As well as numerous live gigs across America in the space of a few weeks, David Gray is
also set to appear on a number of key radio stations, for interviews and live performances!
-15 March - Live on KGSR (Austin, Texas) at 3pm
*Note: David Gray's appearance on KCRW's 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' will be broadcast across the internet via their net-radio webcast. In case you can't catch David's interview and performance, it will be archived for later listening. The web site for KCRW is www.kcrw.org.
David Gray's mini tour of the US has expanded to take in a wide selection of cities and venues,
some chosen from fans' recommendations over the Internet. The tour now encompasses such important music
festivals such as SXSW, and cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, LA, San Francisco, Seattle,
and Chicago. This hectic shedule, as well as radio and in-store appearances (see above for more details)
should help kick-start sales of White Ladder in the States.
Now that he has signed up to an American label to distribute White Ladder (read down page for details), David Gray will
play a mini tour of the States to promote the album's release. His first gig Stateside is in Boston on St. Patrick's Day. No doubt hoping
the strong Irish contingent in Boston will kick start the year's gigging, he will then play in
Philadelphia, New York, LA, San Francisco and Seattle soon after. Interest in this tour has already
begun to grow and it is expected to be a sell-out, such is the 'Internet-following' of his over there (until now,
most US-based fans had to purchase White Ladder over the Internet, or through friends).
More than 15 months after its initial release, White Ladder is finally
set to get a general release in the USA. This news is a result of David Gray signing to
US record label, ATO. ATO is a brand new label run by Dave Matthews and his manager, with
David being the first signing. This will undoubtedly offer David an excellent starting
point in his quest to conquer the US.
It has been announced that David Gray's new accoustic album will get an Ireland-only release. The working title is Available Light, and the tracks are mostly solo, unproduced, back-to-basics style songs.
There are some indications that the new accoustic album from David Gray may be released over
the Internet, rather than through usual outlets. As David now runs his own record label,
iht Records, he has often commented on the difficulty in administrating record deals
while touring and recording. It has been reported that David sees the Internet as an
opportunity to do something different, and also emphasize that this isn't 'White Ladder 2',
but merely a one-off accoustic album.
The year 2000 is set to become yet more successful for David Gray, following on from the
explosion in popularity during 1999. 1999 was a year that saw David successfully embark
on his largest tour to date in the British Isles, while he released 3 singles from his
White Ladder album. Gaining precious radio play as well as
a vigourous touring schedule meant that White Ladder has almost gone triple platinum in
Ireland, remaining in the charts for over a full year.
If you have any stories or items of interest about David, please e-mail them to me, so we can
share them with other fans.
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