Pete Murray is an Australian singer song writer and a household name with plenty of impressive accolades under his belt including 17 ARIA nominations and more than one million album sales. You probably know him best for any number of his massive hits like “Better Days” and “So Beautiful”.
After a long and illustrious career, Pete has just released a new but old album comprised of his most popular singles.
While to the outside world he is an accomplished sing song writer and performer, there is so much more to the man behind the guitar.
Pete Murray ‘It was a hard time, really hard time
As die-hard Pete Murray fans will know, his very first album Sky Blue was released 30 years ago and was a massive hit. While CD’s were being sold by the thousands all over the world, Pete was waiting for everything to come tumbling down.
“You know, I thought that that album was destined to fail. I think sometimes you go into a bit of post-album blues after an album can be released and you just can’t hear anything good about it,” he said.
“I just didn’t hear anything good about that album. I thought that I failed and I didn’t think it was going to work and had everyone around me going, this is fantastic, really great, you know and I just couldn’t hear it.”
Despite the undeniable success of the album, it wasn’t until around eight years later when he received a text message that would change his outlook on his music.
“I just thought for some reason I didn’t like the sound of the album and what it was and so it was eight years later that I got a text message from Darren Middleton, from Powderfinger. Darren just said ‘mate, I’ve just been listening to Feeler, its a great album,” he said.
“I thought, you know what, I’ve never been able to listen to this album from start to finish. I just couldn’t do it. I’d get through, you know, the first couple of songs and just stop it and go, I can’t do it. I can’t do it.
“So, I thought today, eight years later, I’m gonna play it, start to finish it. I’m not gonna turn it off. I’m not gonna criticize it. I’m just gonna listen to it and I think after so long, you do stop criticizing and pulling it apart.”
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