SINGER-SONGWRITER David Gray will kick off a greatest hits tour in Newcastle, it was announced today.
The chart-topper will start his The World To Me tour at the Carling Academy Newcastle on November 6, with tickets on sale from Friday.
Gray’s Greatest Hits will be released through Atlantic Records on November 12 and will feature 14 tracks documenting a career spanning more than 14 years, seven albums, three record labels and 11 million album sales.
The CD will include two new songs – You’re The World To Me and Destroyer – the former to be released as a single on November 5.
Trained as a painter at Liverpool College of Art, Gray eschewed art for a career in music. Since then, he has had three UK No 1 albums and won the prestigious Ivor Novello Award twice – in 2001 for his breakthrough single Babylon and again in 2003 for The Other Side.
He has also won a GQ Award for best solo artist (2002), a Q Award for best single (2001) and was nominated twice for best male (2001/2003) at the Brit Awards, alongside a Grammy nomination for best new artist (2002).
Two compositions from his most recent studio album Life In Slow Motion came from his work on the soundtrack for Amma Assante’s debut film A Way Of Life and landed Gray a 2005 BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award nomination for best new British composer.
A true music phenomenon, Gray’s fourth album White Ladder has now been certified nine-times platinum in the UK, having clocked up more than 2.7 million sales.
The album has sold more than six million copies worldwide, including two million in the US alone. In Ireland, White Ladder remains the biggest-selling album of all time.
Tickets for David Gray at the Carling Academy Newcastle are on sale from 9am on Friday.