It’s an unlikely story… a rising Rugby football star gets so badly injured that he has to leave his sport behind. He picks up an acoustic guitar, teaches himself how to play it and records an indie CD that he sells after shows from the back of his Kombi Van.
His debut album, the roots/rock infused ‘Feeler’ (2003), snowballs through old-fashioned word of mouth and sell out shows until a year later he becomes Australia’s most popular singer/songwriter. ‘Feeler’ goes on to sell 6 x platinum in Australia (450,000 copies) and earns 12 ARIA Award nominations
(i.e. Australian Grammies).
‘Feeler’ eventually spends over two and a half years, yes years, in the Top 100. The acclaimed album spawns his classic ‘So Beautiful’ which goes on to become the Most Performed Australian Song of the Year, and several other radio tracks including ‘Bail Me Out’, ‘Feeler’ and ‘Lines’.
Pete and his band stay on the road with repeated homeland tours and everincreasing crowds, headlining festival performances and the beginning of an international career with sold out dates in England, Ireland and Continental Europe.
In late 2005 his sophomore album, ‘See The Sun’ debuts at #1 in Australia. The first single ‘Better Days’ becomes a #1 airplay track while ‘Opportunity’ becomes the biggest song of 2006, earning the most played track at Australian radio. Pete tours internationally twice in 2006 and his own shows sell out major venues in New York, Dublin, London, Manchester and Amsterdam.
In 2008 Pete releases his third album ‘Summer At Eureka’. The album debuts at #1 in Australia – making this Pete Murray’s third consecutive album to hit the top of the charts. A positive energy radiates through this album, Pete’s first self-produced effort.
In support of ‘Summer at Eureka’ Pete embarks on a major Australian tour which is a sell out across the country before heading back to Europe for another successful tour, selling out clubs across Continental Europe. In 2009 Pete returns to Europe and the UK to perform at a number of festivals in addition to his own shows.
In 2011 Pete Murray releases his fourth studio album ‘Blue Sky Blue’ showing a more upbeat and fun side of Pete. The album sold GOLD and spawned the hits ‘Always A Winner’ and ‘Free’ followed by sold out shows in Holland, Brazil and Canada.
In early 2013 Pete released ‘The Byron Sessions’ an album with new acoustic versions of tracks from his Blue Sky Blue album. It was a labour of love and featured guest appearances by some of Pete’s muso mates including Bernard Fanning and Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Ash Grunwald, Scotty Owen (The Living End), Katie Noonan, and Fantine.
To celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the release of Pete’s definitive debut album ‘Feeler’, on November 15th, 2013, Pete Murray re-released this definitive album as a special Feeler – 10 Year Anniversary Edition, remastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. It also includes 12 bonus tracks featuring the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra performing Feeler in full, mixed with original album masters.
During Jan – May 2014, Pete Murray tours Australia performing Feeler in its entirety along with all the favorites. Most of these shows are sold out – including iconic venues like Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, Melbourne’s Forum Theatre and Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre. In June 2014 Pete Murray takes his 10 Year Anniversary Feeler tour to the UK and Holland to relive the magic of this classic album, followed by a series of intimate acoustic shows across Canada.
10 years on from the release of his breakthrough studio album and now with 4 x studio albums and 2 x special edition releases under this belt, Pete’s live audiences are the strongest they’ve ever been – and his unlikely success story continues.