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Chris Murray is a unique force on today's music scene. The Toronto born artist began his career in 1987 with Canadian ska group King Apparatus, later relocating to Los Angeles and pioneering a solo acoustic approach that has now become widespread in the genre.
Life has led Chris down a path to the very roots of reggae music. From jamming with The Specials in a basement club, to recording with Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett of The Skatalites, and performing in backing groups for foundation artists such as Prince Buster, Leonard Dillon (The Ethiopians) and BB Seaton (The Gaylads), Chris has served his apprenticeship with the finest musicians connected with the genre.
Chris hosted Bluebeat Lounge, a weekly concert series at Knitting Factory (Hollywood), presenting hundreds of acts from around the globe during its 2003-2009 run, including such legendary names as Desmond Dekker, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, The Selecter, and Rico Rodriguez.
For his fourth solo album, Slackness, Chris teamed up with New York veterans, The Slackers. His co-writing credits have appeared on releases by such acts as Hepcat (US), Neville Staple (of The Specials - UK), Planet Smashers (CAN) and The King Blues (UK).
A seasoned world traveler, Chris has performed in dozens of countries on six continents, including Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Argentina, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, and Morocco.