This week­end Pete Mur­ray brings his na­tional tour to the Gold Coast and he’s ded­i­cat­ing it to those who have sup­ported him over the years

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - KERSTIN KEHREN Pete Mur­ray, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, Sun­day night

It’s been more than 10 years since Pete Mur­ray be­came one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic acous­tic artists, and now he’s back for one of his big­gest tours of all time.

Af­ter tour­ing last year for the 10th an­niver­sary of his num­ber one al­bum Feeler, Mur­ray is hit­ting the road again and will ar­rive on the Gold Coast on Sun­day.

The Aussie artist will play Twin Towns as part of his ex­ten­sive Yours Acous­ti­cally tour, on which he will per­form a to­tal of 33 shows through­out the coun­try.

For the mu­si­cian, the acous­tic show for­mat is more fun than play­ing with a band.

“You can hear peo­ple call­ing out to you and ask­ing for songs,” Mur­ray says.

The By­ron Bay res­i­dent de­scribes the shows as “stripped back” and says, for him, the tour is about giv­ing back to those that have long sup­ported him.

Join­ing Mur­ray on tour is Jeremy Marou, who will play guitar and sing har­monies with him, and By­ron lo­cal Gar­rett Kato.

“(Kato) is a su­per tal­ented guy who has got a great voice and I just like help­ing the guys that need a bit of a leg up,” he says.

A Queens­land boy at heart, Mur­ray was a late starter com­pared to most mu­si­cians. But when he was fi­nally signed to Sony BMG he quickly found suc­cess with pop­u­lar hits such as So Beau­ti­ful, Bet­ter Days and Op­por­tu­nity.

Mur­ray’s first three al­bums reached num­ber one on the Aus­tralian mu­sic charts and he has been nom­i­nated for nu­mer­ous ARIA awards.

Now, at nearly 46, Mur­ray hasn’t stopped liv­ing his love of mu­sic.

The singer re­cently spent four days in the stu­dio in Syd­ney (“That was about my limit,” he says of his time in the big city), work­ing on his next al­bum due out in 2016.

Pete Mur­ray is tak­ing his acous­tic tour on the road.

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