Don Bray

"A keen observer of the human condition, with sensitivity and wit.  A brilliant songwriter... poetry married to an unsurpassed guitar style... lyrics clear as water."
[David Francey, Juno award-winning singer-songwriter]

With songs ranging from the heartfelt to the humorous, singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Don Bray presents images and characters that sweep us in to his vivid imagination, passion for life and compassion for his fellow man.  As a songwriter, Don's works have earned him many awards and accolades, including those from the 1999 Great American Songwriting Contest (acoustic/folk category), the Tuscon Folk Festival Songwriters Contest (2005 finalist, 1999 first alternate), and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals' 1998 Songs From the Heart award.

Visit his website at www.donbray.ca

I Am Myself

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©2012 Don Bray
Produced by Don Bray and Ray Dillard
Executive Producer, Alyssa Wright

The title couldn’t be more accurate. Bray’s musicianship distinguishes him and, based on the power of these 14 original tracks, you’ll want to position him alongside some of Canada’s greatest folk heroes.

Each song is perfectly crafted: whether you’re a lyrics- or music-first style of listener, one will surely lead you to the other. Bray also has an uncanny ability to sound familiar – as if you’ve loved his work for years, which is no mean feat and a measure of how good a fit he is so quickly. From material that embraces life’s lessons, be they happy or sad ones – gains or losses, finding the positive despite the darkness, self-discovery or learning through man’s inhumanity to man, Bray assigns an array of tempos to set each mood.

Sophisticated arrangements by him and co-producer Ray Dillard augment each mood and tone, pulling the listener in new directions.

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  1. 1 They Were Right 03:23 Info Your price

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  2. 2 Oh So Much Pavement 03:42 Info Your price

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  3. 3 Took the Dark 04:37 Info Your price

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  5. 5 What Clouds Can Do 04:05 Info Your price

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  10. 10 We Forget 04:00 Info Your price

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  11. 11 I Am Myself 03:54 Info Your price

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  12. 12 Upstairs 02:58 Info Your price

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  13. 13 A Winter's Night 04:33 Info Your price

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  14. 14 The Water 04:50 Info Your price

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Taxi Moon & I

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©2008, Don Bray (SOCAN)

Produced, engineered and mixed by Don Bray
Assistant producer Alyssa Wright
Recording assistance by Roy Hickling
Mastered at Phase One by George Seara
Cover Painting by Gary Campbell

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  1. 1 Fall By the Grace of You 02:55 Info Your price

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  2. 2 Damn The Torpedoes 04:02 Info Your price

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  3. 3 Meany and the Sailor Boy 03:03 Info Your price

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  9. 9 If I Had A Prayer 02:58 Info Your price

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  10. 10 All Your Love 03:37 Info Your price

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  12. 12 I Will Never Forget 04:18 Info Your price

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Chosen

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©2004 Don Bray

Produced and engineered by Don Bray
Mixed by Keith Mariash

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  1. 1 Saddle Song 02:37 Info Your price

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  2. 2 I Believe In Heaven 03:13 Info Your price

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  5. 5 Only A Song 02:32 Info Your price

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  8. 8 All The Joys Of Home 04:04 Info Your price

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Waiting To Arrive

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©2001 Don Bray / Meek Monk Music (SOCAN)

Produced by Don Bray
Engineered & mixed by Keith Mariash
Mastered by Jeff Wolpert

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  9. 9 Paddle Hits The Blue 04:30 Info Your price

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Decisions

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©1998 Don Bray / Meek Monk Music (SOCAN)

Produced by Keith Mariash & Don Bray
Engineered by Keith Mariash

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  2. 2 Eventually 04:13 Info Your price

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Live Love Dream: CD
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Live Love Dream is The Brights’ debut CD, featuring all original tunes (eleven songs and one instrumental). Those who have become fans of Don Bray and Alyssa Wright as solo artists will find something familiar about the music on this album, yet their collaboration has allowed them to venture in to places previously unexplored, producing a whole “much more than the sum of its parts” [Paul Court, Orillia Folk Society] – probably best exemplified by their three new co-writes, which “show the best of both” [Jennifer Ives, music promoter]. Co-produced by Alyssa Wright and Don Bray, Live Love Dream was recorded at their Orillia studio in early 2009 – engineered and mixed by Don, and mastered by Juno nominee GEORGE SEARA at Phase One in Toronto. The musical arrangements on the album stay very close to The Brights’ live duo sound, with Don alternating between guitar, dobro, Hawaiian king and mandolin, and Alyssa on cello or accordion, with her cajon and other foot percussion. They just couldn’t resist adding an extra layer or two at times, though – so on a few tunes you’ll hear some extra harmonies and cello lines, harmonium, hand percussion, and the rich tones of bass player PATRICK MCPHAIL. Live Love Dream was released in 2009 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. The CD is distributed by Take Note! Promotion. Tracks from Live Love Dream have been played across Canada on the CBC, as well as campus, community and other folk-friendly radio such as CKUA, CFMU, CIUT’s Back to the Sugar Camp and Acoustic Workshop, CKPC's Just us Folk and Erin Radio’s Acoustic Planet. Both Don Bray and Alyssa Wright bring to this project their well-known instrumental proficiency, rich imagery and strong writing. Together, they add soaring harmonies, intricate arrangements, and a true balance between two talented and hard-working artists.

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