Live From The Artists Den: David Gray
Airs Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, July 19, 2010
LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN showcases stellar musical performances in extraordinary settings. Each hour-long episode features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge musicians. The artists often play a role in picking the venue for these memorable events, which frequently inspire new renditions of songs and special set lists.
British singer-songwriter David Gray burst onto the world stage in 2000 with his multiplatinum fourth album "White Ladder" (which remains the bestselling album in Ireland ever), boosted by the success of the international hit single, "Babylon." In the decade since, the Grammy-nominated artist has sold over 12 million CDs and released three consecutive chart-topping albums in the UK. His first new project in four years, 2009's "Draw the Line" was proclaimed by USA Today "some of his most ambitious, affecting, and densely musical work to date."
David Gray brought his signature mix of acoustic instrumentation and electronic samples to Wall Street for an intimate performance at the Broad Street Ballroom, housed in a 1920s building renowned for its austere Classical Revival style.
The breathtaking hall of the former Lee-Higginson Bank (now part of the first-ever private elementary school below Canal Street) provided a colorful setting for the multiplatinum singer-songwriter as he played songs from the eagerly anticipated "Draw the Line" and his hits.
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