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David Bray (And Friends) - Crowded Isolation

Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/06/04

Who is David Bray? For many of us in the world of smooth groove, the name may not immediately register. Until you look at the who's who of WHO he has worked and is working with - Daniel Lanois, John Capek,  Garth Hudson of the Band, Motown’s legendary bassist Bob Babbitt, Colin Linden, Jeff Healey and Kim Mitchell. David is certainly one of Canada’s most distinctive songwriters, as evidenced in this new project, the second installment of a musical trilogy showcasing his compelling lyrical flare and unmistakable musical hooks.

From the lead-off single "Crowded Isolation Pt. 1" (and yes there is a Pt. 2 on the album) to the brassy, bluesy "Give and Take" to the final soulful track "I Don't Like Love Anymore", this exquisite record combines the sweetest R&B, Soul and Blues, culminating in a soul-searching examination of “Crowded Isolation” and the challenges of urban life.

David wrote and co-produced every song, and also shares vocal duties with an incredible roster of killer singers. His musical partner Lorraine Reid must be counted as one of Canada’s most soulful new vocalists.

Mr. Bray says:n, sample the lyrics and find out more about the friends accompanying a writer who commands All of the players have worked on outstanding material. At heart, I remain a fan so sitting talking to Bob Babbitt talk about playing with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins or talking to Garth Hudson about recording “The Weight” or being flown to the stage of the Woodstock festival by helicopter is interesting to say the least. Even better is having them respect me enough to work with me on fleshing out my songs. 

When discussing his style he continues:

I like to think of my approach as lyrical flare combined with an ear for musical hooks. Musically there are debts to Motown, Laura Nyro and contemporary R&B. Lyrically, I have been inspired by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Elvis Costello and the poets Margaret Atwood and Evelyn Lau. The goal is to create the emotional impact of Motown/Soul with thought provoking lyrics that you wouldn’t have expected.

He achieves all of this and more with Crowded Isolation, a musical feast for your ears, your heart and your soul.

 

Vickie van Dyke

Morning Host

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