When dreams are shattered, sometimes out of the wake of that tragedy can come new opportunity, new beginnings and may even reveal one’s true destiny. This certainly was the case for singer/songwriter Pete Murray. A rising rugby star in his native Australia, Murray suffered an injury that forced a change in life direction. Picking up a guitar paved the way down his current path, which has seen him record four fan and critically acclaimed albums, a slew of live appearances and has brought him across the world to play right here in Canada with some of our nations best musicians. From the release of his breakthrough album, Feeler (2003), that went Platinum six times in Australia, to his latest release Blue Sky Blue, Murray has made his musical mark on the world and shows no signs of slowing.
Addicted caught up with the handsome songsmith during his last visit to Canada, check out the interview below!
Addicted: What brought you into the music business in the first place?
Pete Murray: It’s really funny how this all started. I was always into sport and never had anything to do with music. I was studying natural medicine, doing athletics and playing Rugby. I was 22 years old when a friend who was studying with me told me that he was going to get a guitar lesson. He had always wanted to learn the guitar so he was finally going to do it. I had never thought of playing any musical instrument but I thought that playing guitar sounded pretty cool so I got a lesson and he never did.
A few years went by and I was about 25 and I was playing some covers one night to some friends and they asked me to play one of my own songs. I told them I didn’t write songs and they said why not, you should. It was from then on I started writing songs. I was 30 when I recorded my first independent album and by 32 I was signed to Sony Music. The rest is history. If someone had of told me, when I was at school, that I would be a successful music artist when I grew up, I would have laughed in their face * laughs*.
If you had to (and you kind of do, because I’m asking you too!) classify your music, how would you describe it? What influences have brought you to where you are today?
I’m an emotive singer songwriter with a cruisey / rootsy / groove / rock feel to my songs. I’m a big fan of older music. I love Rodrigues, JJ Cale, Neil Young, Steve Miller and other cruisey music from the 70s. I think my music has a similar feel to some of these artists.
I also have to say, welcome back to Canada! This is your third visit in three years. What keeps bringing you back to our fair country?
When my first album came out 10 years ago in Australia I thought that the record would be suited to North America but the label didn’t release me. 8 years on and the label has let me go and I’m now happy to be here playing shows.
You’ve toured across Australia and other parts of the world. How do Canadian fans compare to those you’ve played for elsewhere?
Canadian fans are great! I find the audiences over here are really positive. I’m always getting really amazing feed back from everyone. I get the feeling that Canadians are similar to Australians in the way they love to have a good time when they are out listening to music.
Your upcoming tour has you playing in some great Canadian cities with some great Canadian musicians. What are you most looking forward to about this latest musical adventure?
I’ve been very lucky that every time that I have come to Canada I have played with some of the best talent over here. The thing I’m looking forward to the most this time around is making more fans out of you Canadians *smile*.
And last but not least! Our magazine is called Addicted because we want to remove the stigma from that word. Our addictions, like mine to music for instance, can help drive us to achieve great things. What would your positive addictions be?
Surfing and playing music for sure. I think more people should be doing this and chilling out *smiles*.
Watch Murray’s video for “So Beautiful” below and be prepared to fall in intense like just like we did!