FEELER-ING THE LOVE

Pete Mur­ray didn’t like his own land­mark al­bum when it first came out but ev­ery­one else did . A decade on, he’s come to terms with its suc­cess

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It’s a decade since Pete Mur­ray’s ground­break­ing

Feeler was re­leased but he could only bring him­self to lis­ten to the en­tire al­bum two years ago.

Mur­ray has re­leased a 10th an­niver­sary edi­tion of Feeler, in­clud­ing a bonus CD fea­tur­ing the Bul­gar­ian Sym­phony Orches­tra, and will em­bark on a na­tional tour this month which sees him on the road un­til April.

When Feeler came out in 2003, the for­mer rugby player thought he had ru­ined his mu­sic ca­reer.

He dis­liked the record that ended up go­ing plat­inum seven times over.

“I strug­gled to like the al­bum when it first came out,” he says.

Mur­ray says he wrote Feeler dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time in his life when he was an in­de­pen­dent mu­si­cian with no money, hav­ing just moved from Bris­bane to Mel­bourne a year ear­lier.

“I didn't like it that much and it was hard for me that every­body else did and it was so pop­u­lar.” He first lis­tened to

Feeler in its en­tirety af­ter for­mer Powderfinger gui­tarist Dar­ren Middleton texted him say­ing it was great al­bum.

Feeler topped the ARIA charts and was nom­i­nated for 12 ARIA Awards.

Mur­ray has been writ­ing some new ma­te­rial and hopes to record it af­ter wrap­ping up his tour next year.

Pete Mur­ray’s Feeler 10 Year An­niver­sary Tour plays Twin Towns on Fe­bru­ary 21 and The Tivoli, in Bris­bane, on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Aus­tralian singer Pete Mur­ray

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