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FactBrothers-in-law Phil and Paul Hartnoll formed the successful electronica outfit Orbital.

David Gray (born 13 June 1968) is a British singer-songwriter. He released his first album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of White Ladder in 1998. It was the first of three UK chart-toppers in six years for Gray, of which the latter two also achieved multi-platinum status. White Ladder became the fifth best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK.

Gray has performed at a number of high-profile events, including the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup, Live 8 in 2005 and Glastonbury Festival in 2000. Gray is known for his distinctive voice, and his songs have been used in a number of films and television shows.

Gray was born in Sale, Greater Manchester, and raised in Altrincham. His father was a civil engineer and his mother a housewife. He has two sisters. Gray was educated at Brooklands Primary School and Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 and started writing songs at the age of 21.

Gray’s musical career began in Manchester, when he would play acoustic sets in various clubs and bars around the city. In 1991, he moved to London and released his first album, A Century Ends. The album was not a commercial success and Gray returned to Manchester.

In 1993, Gray released his second album, Flesh, which was met with critical acclaim but again failed to find a wide audience. The album’s title track was later used in the film Closer (2004).

Gray’s breakthrough came with the release of White Ladder in 1998. The album was an instant success, reaching number one in the UK charts and selling over six million copies worldwide. The album’s success was largely due to the single “Babylon”, which was a top 10 hit in the UK and Ireland.

Gray has since released eight more studio albums, the most recent being Mutineers (2014). His ninth album, Ebb & Flow, is due to be released in 2019.

Gray has been nominated for four Brit Awards and has won two Ivor Novello Awards. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Manchester.

Gray is married to Olivia Harrison, with whom he has two daughters. His net worth is estimated to be £8 million ($10 million).


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1Brothers-in-law Phil and Paul Hartnoll formed the successful electronica outfit Orbital.
2Daughter Ivy born in July 2002. Wife Olivia had a difficult pregnancy and suffered post natal illness.
3Moved to Pembrokshire, Wales, when he was 9.



The Voice2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2014 writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2014
I Give It a Year2013writer: "Please Forgive Me"
How I Met Your MotherTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Dancing with the Stars2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
What to Expect When You're Expecting2012performer: "Forgetting" / writer: "Forgetting"
Dancing with the Stars2011-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Bachelor2012TV Series 4 episodes
Bachelor Pad2011TV Series 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance CanadaTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Good Cake Bad Cake: The Story of LIR2011Documentary performer: "Sail Away" / writer: "Sail Away"
The X Factor2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Way2010/Iperformer: "My Oh My"
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Mencap's Little Noise Sessions2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Old Dogs2009/Iperformer: "As I'm Leaving" / writer: "As I'm Leaving"
So You Think You Can Dance2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
JerichoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
The Hitcher2007performer: "From Here I Can Almost See the Sea" / writer: "From Here I Can Almost See the Sea"
ER2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Conviction2006TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Meine verrückte türkische Hochzeit2006TV Movie performer: "Please Forgive Me" / writer: "Please Forgive Me"
Waterloo Road2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
No Sex Please, We're Teenagers2005TV Movie documentary performer: "Babylon"
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2005TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Ladder 492004performer: "As I'm Leaving" / writer: "As I'm Leaving"
A Way of Life2004performer: "From Here You Can Almost See The Sea", "Madder Rain" / writer: "From Here You Can Almost See The Sea", "Madder Rain"
Wimbledon2004performer: "This Year's Love" / writer: "This Year's Love"
The Girl Next Door2004performer: "THIS YEAR'S LOVE" / writer: "THIS YEAR'S LOVE"
SmallvilleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Monkey DustTV Series performer - 2 episodes writer - 2 episodes
Crossing Jordan2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
ScrubsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
On the Edge2001performer: "Please Forgive Me" / writer: "Please Forgive Me"
Serendipity2001performer: "January Rain" / writer: "January Rain"
Crazy/Beautiful2001performer: "This Year's Love" / writer: "This Year's Love"
All Over the Guy2001performer: "Please Forgive Me", "Roots of Love" / writer: "Please Forgive Me", "Roots of Love"
RoswellTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Angel Eyes2001performer: "Sail Away" / writer: "Sail Away"
Like a Hurricane: The Alex Higgins Story2001TV Movie documentary performer: "This Year's Love" - uncredited
DariaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
15 Minutes2001performer: "Sail Away" / writer: "Sail Away"
Disco Pigs2001performer: "Flame Turns Blue" / writer: "Flame Turns Blue"
Never Date an Actress2001Short performer: "Please Forgive Me" / writer: "Please Forgive Me"
Q Awards 20002000TV Special performer: "Babylon"
Top of the PopsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Ride2000Documentary performer: "Babylon II"
This Year's Love1999performer: "Sail Away", "Monday Morning", "This Years Love", "Crazy", "Shine" / writer: "Sail Away", "Monday Morning", "This Years Love", "Crazy", "Shine"

Music Department

Paul Quarrington: Life in Music2010Documentary music producer
Pavane2008Short music producer
The Visit2007TV Series composer - 1 episode


Los Dos Bros2001TV Series
This Year's Love1999Pub Singer


A Way of Life2004


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Good Morning Britain2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2000-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001-2010TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
Paul Quarrington: Life in Music2010DocumentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005-2010TV SeriesHimself
Live from the Artists Den2010TV Series
Mencap's Little Noise Sessions2009TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Later... With Jools Holland1992-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Rove Live2009TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2009TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2009TV SeriesHimself
Xposé2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
The National Lottery: Big 72009TV MovieHimself
The Late Late Show2002-2009TV SeriesHimself
Live from Abbey Road2008TV Series
Songbook2008TV SeriesHimself
Children in Need2007TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Live Earth2007TV Special documentaryHimself
Soccer Aid2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself - England Team
Davina2006TV SeriesHimself
David Gray: Life in Slow Motion2005Video shortHimself
Tubridy Tonight2005TV SeriesHimself
Total Request Live2005TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson2005TV SeriesHimself
CD:UK2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2000-2005TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
UK Radio Aid2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
This Is Your Life2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Bo' Selecta!2003TV SeriesHimself
95.8 Capital FM's Party in the Park for the Prince's Trust 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Power Vision - Pop Galerie2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Brit Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Top of the Pops2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
95.8 Capital FM Christmas Live2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
ITV at the Festivals2001TV SeriesHimself
Party in the Park 20012001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Performer
Austin City Limits2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Música sí2000TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Q Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself - Winner, Best Single Award
TFI Friday2000TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Top of the Pops 22003TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2005Anthony Asquith Award for Best New British Composer (TV)BAFTA AwardsA Way of Life (2004)
2002GrammyGrammy AwardsBest New Artist

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