David Gray releases the beautiful Alibi as a single on March 27 through Atlantic Records/iht. A Radio 2 Record of the Week, Alibi is taken from Grays double platinum new album Life In Slow Motion, his third UK No.1 album, which was released in September 2005 to widespread critical and commercial acclaim. The accompanying video for Alibi is a censored edit of the winning TCM Classic Shorts entry at last years London Film Festival. Entitled Jane Lloyd and directed by Happy, the judging panel included Dame Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet. Gray has announced a headline tour of the UK in June. He will play four dates, starting at Hull Arena on June 19 and finishing at Londons Hyde Park on Thursday, June 22, as part of this years Wireless Festival. Support at Hyde Park will come from KT Tunstall. These will be the first live shows for Gray in 2006 and follow his sold out ten-date UK tour in December 2005.
Life In Slow Motion is the first of his recent recordings on which David Gray and his group have been assisted by an outside producer, Marius De Vries. His seventh album, Life In Slow Motion is the follow-up to the UK four times platinum selling album A New Day At Midnight.
In the UK, Mojo said of Life In Slow Motion, Those who thought White Ladder would stand as Grays crowning achievement may now have to think again. Time Out wrote, 'Ten evocative snapshots of life... it's clear the man's back on top form.'
The Guardian proclaimed, 'Gray's antecedents aren't sappy MOR balladeers but Van Morrison, Springsteen and the Waterboys' Mike Scott: creators of big, visionary, complex music. Two compositions on Life In Slow Motion - From Here You Can Almost See The Sea and Aint No Love - come from his work on the soundtrack for Amma Assantes debut film A Way Of Life (released in 2004).
The songs landed Gray a 2005 BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award nomination for Best New British Composer.
David Gray has won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award twice - in 2001 for his breakthrough single Babylon and again in 2003 for the single The Other Side. He has also won a GQ Award for Best Solo Artist (2002), a Q Award for Best Single (2001) and nominated twice for Best Male (2001/2003) at the Brit Awards, alongside a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist (2002).
A true music phenomenon, Grays sixth album White Ladder has now been certified nine times platinum in the UK, having clocked up over 2.7 million sales, and spent more than 100 weeks in the Top 40, twice reaching No.1. The album has sold over 6 million worldwide, including 2 million in the US alone.
In Ireland White Ladder remains the biggest selling album of all time. David Gray