Update: Chris Gray Events, Happenings and Music!
Since then I have been hosting the weekly Open Mic at The Bath & Bottle â€˜Jam-tini' and pop over to Liverpool to play when possâ€¦phew! Itâ€™s been a busy year and truly enjoyable one too! My last gig of the year was a charity concert in aid of Manx Cancer Help, â€˜Shave, Rattle & Rollâ€™. MCH encouraged the lads to show off their facial hair and help raise money for a really great cause. MCH provides practical, emotional and psychological support to people whose lives are touched by cancer. Their free and confidential services are available not just to those with a cancer diagnosis, but to carers, families and friends who may also be affected, so it was good to be a part of the night, and a great way to end the year. The sold out event was compared by MCH patrons Katie Melua and James Towesland.
I feel happy with all my music happenings this year, from playing at the first ever Butefest in Scotland to supporting Tristan Mackay in the beautiful St Pancras Old Church, London
and Echo & The Bunnymen in IOM. April 2015 saw the release my debut album â€˜Diamonds In Your Treeâ€™, with a track played on BBC Radio 2 by Dermot Oâ€™Leary, as well as a live appearance on the Robert Elms Show, BBC Radio London 94.9, where I had a chat with Robert and played â€˜She Loves The Morningâ€™.
Looking forward to 2016 - In between the gigs I have been putting pen to paper and have written a good solid batch of new songs, I purposely decided to take my time rather than rush as I have done in the past and I think it has made a huge difference to enjoying writing, now I walk away and revisit as and when. â€˜Leave A Light Onâ€™, â€˜Flames In The Fireâ€™ and â€˜The Fighterâ€™ are standing out for me at the min and Iâ€™m very excited at the thought of a new release in 2016, keep your eyes on my Facebook page or website for more info in the new year on this.
My calendar for next year is already starting to fill up nicely, which is brilliant â€“ a couple of festivals, UK & IOM dates confirmed and Iâ€™ll be announcing these dates as soon as I can. As always, Iâ€™m looking forward to getting out there and playing live, gigging these new songs as well as seeing old and new faces too. The support and feedback Iâ€™ve had this year has been amazing and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who came out to watch me live, bought a copy of the album, played me on their radio show, supported me on the likes of FB â€“ you guys have all been fab!