Sunn Creative announces the release of ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ by Chris Gray
‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ – Chris’ debut album, produced by Tony Lowe on Sunn Creative, is a unique introduction to the music of Chris Gray, and is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Digipak Here – EPK and Press Details.
The album has had an excellent reception with top-notch reviews and airplay on numerous radio stations, including BBC2, BBC Radio London, many regional BBC stations as well as other stations UK-wide.
Read about Chris Gray in the July issue of Acoustic Magazine; ”The songwriting process can change over time so it’s exciting to see what I come up with next” CG
On April 1st, Chris Gray (accompanied by producer, Tony Lowe) made an appearance on the Robert Elms Show BBC Radio London 94.9, where he had a chat with Robert and played his new single, ‘She Loves The Morning’ live. Playlist
4 Star Review in Maverick – “Diamonds In Your Tree has an ethereal, dreamy ambiance across the 11 tracks. It really is quite addictive and would be almost impossible to compare it. Pretty much out there on its own in style, with oodles of class on top.” See more of Simon Redley’s review in the May/June issue.
An excerpt from the Faeta review of Chris’s new album Diamonds In Your Tree -”Chris Gray has clearly got some chops. On the evidence of this first album, he’s got some damned fine songs as well…if you want to wrap your ears around some quality songwriting that will lift your heart as well as your eyebrows, you could do far worse than seek out this album.” – Nick Churchill
“From the opening track from the debut album, Diamonds In Your Tree, from Isle of Man singer-songwriter Chris Gray, his distinct blend of contemporary indie (think Ocean Colour Scene or The Las) and acoustic pop (in the manner of Elliott Smith) makes an indelible impression on the listener. Not least because he’s clever enough to add just a soupcon of Beatles and Donovan flavours to create an attractive recipe.” More from - Steve Caseman – R2
“…a smart debut album…great to stick on and ease away the day’s ups and downs…an essential.” MH – Full Review – Rock Society
“An assured and enjoyable debut with a couple of songs that are crying out for airplay, especially ‘Suzy Won’t See Me’, a hit if ever there was one.” J. Ritchie – GRTR
The album release is preceded by a 3 song EP release on March 2nd, with songs currently featured on BBC Radio 2 – Dermot O’Leary Show, Manx Radio, UK Country Radio and playlisted on Radio 2XS – Bristol GLR Soundlab and Manx Radio.
Chris Gray’s new single ‘She Loves The Morning’ can be heard on numerous stations including BBC Newcastle, BBC-Tees, Radio 2XS, Blast AM, BCfm.
Pick up the March/April 2015 issues of Acoustic Magazine and R2 RockNReel where Chris Gray songs are featured on their cover-mounted CDs – “…his distinct blend of contemporary indie (think Ocean Colour Scene or The Las) and acoustic pop (in the manner of Elliot Smith) makes an indelible impression on the listener.”-R2
As featured on the ‘Get Ready To Rock Acoustic Set’ – Sunday 19 April, 21:00 – Isle of Man singer songwriter Chris Gray exclusive tracks for Get Ready To Rock Radio from his debut album ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’. Listen to songs as well as background on their meaning and composition.
Listen to Chris’s interview with Bob Harrison and hear ‘Suzy Won’t See Me’ live in studio below!
Chris Gray is a singer songwriter who creates original music from his home in the Isle of Man. He regularly performs live as a solo acoustic artist and with his band. Chris opened shows for Roger Daltrey, Peter Green, Status Quo, Matt Cardle, Feeder, John Power, Echo & The Bunnymen and played alongside The Charlatans, Simon Townshend and Turin Brakes. He recently headlined the Deep South Fest and the Liverpool Food and Drink Fest. Chris’s music has been played on BBC Introducing (Cumbria) and featured numerous times on Isle of Man radio stations, 3FM and Manx Radio; Liverpool stations, Liver Radio, Halton Community Radio, and Internet station, Wolfman Radio. He was a featured artist on BBC ALBA’s TV travel program and his new EP is played on Celtic Music Radio and stations above.
In 2013 Chris was asked to record a cover of The Kinks classic song ‘Waterloo Sunset‘ for the Peter Quaife Foundation. While recording this, he also worked on creating a 4 track EP (Don’t Lose Your Way) with the help of music producer, Tony Lowe. While working with Tony, Chris’ genuine calibre of music was witnessed firsthand and he was signed by indie label Sunn Creative.
Tony’s production credits include; Simon Townshend – David Cross/Robert Fripp – Bram Stoker – Chris Gray – Alison Fleming – Yumi Hara Cawkwell – Gari Glaysher – John Foxx – Toyah Willcox – Pat Orchard – Poppy Gonzalez – Jose Charles – VVV – Flying Colours – Dean Johnson – Rukiza Okera. As a musician Tony played with; Julian Lennon – Pet Shop Boys – Simon Townshend – Roger Daltrey – David Cross – Mark Brzezicki – Mike Peters (Big Country) – Modern English – Bram Stoker – Zoh and Nazia Hassan – B Movie – Phil Ramone – BBC Children in Need – Pat Orchard – Visage – Pooka – Nicola Hitchcock – Belouis Some – Julien Clerc – Toyah Willcox – Ben Chapman – Soulseekerz – Phil Spalding – Steve Gee – Alvin Stardust and more.
Chris creates heartfelt melodies with dynamic folk – brit-pop overtones and engaging lyrics; in the past has been compared to the likes of Noel Gallagher, Elliot Smith, James Taylor and the early Beatles. Chris’ influences range from Fleetwood Mac to Ray Lamontagne, Otis Redding to The La’s and 90′s Britpop.
“For me, it feels natural, I don’t tend to think about the songwriting process too much - guess I’m fortunate. I just like writing music”
“When I write a song, I usually have the music before I add words – mainly, people and situations in my life inspire me the most really”
Chris’ easy going attitude to life is reflected in his charismatic and unassuming songs.
April 2015 Sunn Creative released ‘Diamonds In Your Tree’ – Chris’ debut album, produced by Tony Lowe. The album itself is a unique introduction to Chris’ music and is available on iTunes, & Amazon. CD Digipaks are available Here – EPK and Press Details
His October 2013 – EP, ‘Don’t Lose Your Way‘ is available as a physical EP and on download formats at Amazon, iTunes.
Songs From The Sofa is a highlight in the Isle of Man’s musical calendar and is organised by Chris and held at Amber Bar, Douglas. Chris transforms the stage into a livingroom set with couch, coffee table and even his Nan’s lamp! Acts are invited to come along, play a few tunes and chill out. Follow Songs From The Sofa on Facebook.
Whenever he can, Chris spends time performing at, and occasionally helping to organise, charity concerts.
Some of the charities Chris helped raise funds for are:
The Pete Quaife Foundation
Facebook Page * Twitter
Rebecca House Children’s Hospice
Alder Hay Children’s Burns Unit
The Southern Befrienders
Great Ormond Street Hospital
@ChrisGrayIOM * YouTube
Photo Credits – Gary Weightman/Vannin Photos – Phil Kneen Photography – Matt Mosur – Laura Caldwell