Dylan Murray – Commodore Ballroom – January 9, 2013
For nearly a decade, Torontonian Dylan Murray has been perfecting his craft while happily playing venues big and small around the city. One fateful evening Nelly Furtado came to see a show and she liked what she heard. Liked it enough to sign Murray to her own Nelstar record label to record his debut album, Inspiration, and perform on the lead single “Be Ok”. Furtado continues her mentorship of Murray on the road this month as he plays an opening slot on her Spirit Indestructible Tour across Canada.
The tour coincidentally began in Victoria on the release day of his album Inspiration, January 8, 2013. Seeing the second show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, myself and the Vancouver audience got our first taste of Dylan Murray’s sound. As hard as it is to tell from a 20 minute set, you could hear and sense the potential in the performer. With a wild array of influences, from The Beatles to reggae his sound hovers somewhere between Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. In addition to his short solo set to start, Murray returned to the stage later in the night to perform the aformentioned Be Ok with the headliner. While his sound was slightly quiet, unsure if that was technical or vocal, he held his own beside the seasoned veteran. He left the stage and left the audience hearing just enough to want to hear more from this up and coming Canadian.
Dylan Murray’s album Inspiration is available on iTunes
Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @IAmDylanMurray
The Spirit Indestructible Tour continues across Canada throughout January, 2013.