David Gray found his White Ladder in the end
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I think the material is excellent. I’ve benefited so much. I’ve now begun to improvise with some confidence and have written songs that feel authentic. I can now develop musically in a broad and rich way. Your work has illuminated an exciting path forward.– Roger
David Gray is an English singer-songwriter who, after many years of struggling with unsuccessful releases on different labels, ended up recording the album ‘White Ladder’ in his bedroom.
The single ‘Babylon’ and his head shaking singing style made him world famous. Since the release of ‘White Ladder’ and the success that followed it, David Gray has toured the world and released several albums.
Prior to this homemade album, David had little success as an artist but never gave up. Even though he had been dropped by labels for almost a decade in various line-ups.
With only his drummer, Craig McClune helping him produce ‘White Ladder’ from home, it went on to become a massive success with a total of eight singles released from it.
On the back of this success, David Gray ended up supporting Dave Matthew’s Band on tour around America. Matthew’s even released ‘White Ladder’ on his own label.
At the time Gray started the recordings for ‘White Ladder’, he was seriously considering giving up his musical career.
Life on the road had finally got to him and depression had started to kick in. His relationship was on the rocks and he had no money left.
This is evident in the song ‘Nightblindness’ where David sings “What are we gonna do when the money runs out, I wish there was something left to say”. He later spoke about finding it weird that people can relate to that kind of pain.
‘White Ladder’ earned David Gray a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year in ’02.