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About Me

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DAVID MICHAEL CRAY’S BIO

This is David Michael Cray.  I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 2nd, 1973.  I am a classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, lyricist, and published poet.  After attending Cary High School from 1987-1990,  I auditioned and was accepted to N.C. School of the Arts for my senior year.  I graduated from both High School and College at the North Carolina School of the Arts where I majored in classical guitar performance.  I also briefly studied jazz, rock, and classical guitar at Brevard College in N.C. and am an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  I love to perform my music and music from all time periods for music lovers and share life lessons I have learned from all the great teachers and experiences I have had in my life. It is my dream to use my music to spread a message of peace, joy, and love to people so it can be a catalyst for promoting health and well-being.

Guitar Teachers:

I studied guitar privately with Robert Calmes (He is a Professor of Literature and the director of the writing program at St. Joseph’s Seminary College) before attending NCSA.  While at NCSA I studied with the infamous classical guitar teacher Aaron Shearer (He has 13 books with Mel Bay Publishing and the most competition winner students in the world while he was alive).  I also studied privately with a student of the great Andres Segovia named Gerald Klickstien (He is the Founder of Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; He taught at North Carolina School of the Arts (1992-2012), Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (1989-1992), Michigan State University (1986-1989), and Lansing Community College (1980-1985).  While at NCSA I also studied privately with Larry Almeida (NCSA). While at Brevard College I studied privately with Roger Cope (He was a Brevard College affiliate professor,  who also taught at the University of Southern California, He is a Times-News “Ted” Musician of the Year, and a student of Aaron Copeland, Leo Brouwer, Bruce Holzman and other great musicians).

I have performed in masterclasses with many internationally renowned classical guitarist such as:

Aaron Shearer (see above);

Gerald Klickstein (see above);

Larry Almeida (see above);

Roger Cope (see above);

William Kanengizer (He is in the L.A. Guitar Quartet, is a Two time Grammy Award winner with recordings with DG, Delos, Sony, Telarc, and GSP Records);

Bruce Holzman (He is a Professor at Florida State University, and he used to be tied with Aaron Shearer for having the most competition winner students in the world);

David Russell (He has records with GHA, Telarc, and Opera Tres record labels, and is a 2004 Grammy Award winner);

Ricardo Cobo (He was decorated with Colombia’s “Order of Cañasgordas” and the “Order of Belalcazar”, he has records with Naxos, Ellipses, and Essay Records);

Sergio Assad of the Assad Brothers (he is a two time Latin Grammy Award Winner with records with Sony, Nonesuch, and the Assad’s own label);

Paul O’dette (He is a famous Lute Performer with 5 Grammy nominations, he has 120 Recordings, and is a Professor at Eastman);

Norbert Kraft (He was a Professor at Manhatten School of Music, Univerity of Toronto, and Royal Conservatory of Music, He won the 1975 Canadian CBC Radio  and 1985 Andres Segovia International Guitar Competitions, he was Gramophone Magazine “Critic’s Choice 1989”, and was awarded Classic CD Magazine’s “Favourite CD of the Year”, he has records with Naxos Records);

Andrew Zohn (He has Publications with Les Productions d’Oz, Canada, Tuscany publications (Theodore Presser), and FJH Publication, he has recordings with Clear Note and Centaur Records, and he is the winner of 5 national and international competitions).

Performances:

I have given almost one thousand performances in many venues as a solo artist and with various bands and also have performed with the W-S symphony at their “Pops in the Park” concert series.

I performed weekly in the Contemporary Christian Praise Band “Surrendered” for five years at Celebrate Recovery at Pinedale Christian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  I also performed in the Christian Rock Band “Zion” from Eden, N.C. for a little while, even sharing the stage with the band “Overflow” who had two top 40 hits on Christian Billboard Radio Charts. Later, I founded the Christian Contemporary Rock Band “Temples of the Spirit” which was together from 2009-2012, where I met my wonderful wife. She was the lead singer in that band.  We married in 2012 and are still happily married. Temples of the Spirit gave me an outlet to perform my own original compositions and other Christian rock music cover-songs.

I began working with people with mental health challenges in 2012 and worked for the Mental Health Association of Greensboro (M.H.A.G.) for five years until February in 2018. While there I began performing live improvisation every week at performances that I gave in support groups I facilitated as a kind of therapeutic music and information session where I gave patients information about M.H.A.G.  I also let them know a little about myself and performed classical guitar repertoire for them.  This helped me to prepare for two albums of improvisational finger-style guitar music that I self-produced in my home studio. “Little Miracles” was released November 30th, 2018.  The next album should be coming out near December 2019.

Don’t forget my special limited time offer! My Album “Little Miracles” is now pay what you want with no minimum payment on Bandcamp at the following link:

https://davidmichaelcray.bandcamp.com/

Also, pick up some of my other great offerings at my Crayfish_Creations Zazzle store at the following link:

https://bit.ly/Crayfish_CreationsZazzle

 

The other album should come out next year sometime (hopefully just after my birthday which is July 2nd, 2019). I also recorded another album from 2013-2014 at a studio in High Point, North Carolina at Ward Street Mission Methodist Church. I mixed the raw tracks with a little editing and am finishing up that album with more tracks from my home studio soon. I learned recording engineering from studying sound engineering in a brief internship at Whitewater Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina in 2000 and also through studying on my own pretty intensely since then. YouTube is so handy and I got a lot of help from online courses, books and hundreds of blog email newsletters too! I was thrilled to make these two albums and am very happy with how they turned out!

In October of 2016, I began my music business “Temples of the Spirit Productions” (given that name in honor of meeting my wife in that band) and left M.H.A.G to pursue my music dreams more seriously. I now perform mostly in and around the N.C. area, but am open to expanding!

Fun Fact: In studies, it was shown that people that attended concerts regularly were happier even than people who practiced yoga regularly.  It is possibly one of the most effective tools for mental health and the most widely used tool too!  Even though I’m not working for M.H.A.G. now, I am glad that I can still contribute to people’s health and well-being through my gift of the music that I perform!

Writing:

I also began writing poetry in 1991 and in the spring of 2000 received an Honorable Mention in Brevard College’s “Chirascuro Magazine” poetry competition and was published in the 2000 issue.  I have also been published in three coffee table books including:

2008: The International Library of Poetry’s “Best Poems and Poets of 2007”;

2007: Noble House’s  “Centres of Expression”;

2005: The International Library of Poetry’s “A Surrender to the Moon”.

I have finished and am preparing to publish two full-length books of original poetry and lyrics (one of which is Christian and the other secular).  I just have to get the covers done soon!  So be on the lookout for those too!

For Booking:

I am available for classical guitar performances for : Receptions, Weddings, Concerts, Dinner music, Meditation Groups, Retirement communities, Dance performances, Yoga groups, Restaurants, Private parties, House concerts, and other events.  I keep my rates reasonable for more opportunity to share different types of music with people who may not have heard that style of music.

I am also available for studio recording, songwriting, composition, and occasionally I have taught guitar privately.

Here is what someone said about my performances:

“David provided a perfect musical backdrop for our Mother’s Day Reception for our Assisted Living Residents. He played a lovely mixture of classical music and gospel favorites on the guitar and the ladies really enjoyed singing along. His style is very adaptive to any particular setting and I would recommend him for any event. I found David to be very easy to work with, kind and respectful. He interacted extremely well with our population.”
Thank you,

Mil Hendrix
Friends Homes at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

 

For more Testimonials look at my Testimonial Page to see what people are saying about me!

 

Links to my music, books and other merchandise will be available on the pages of this website and on my store’s pages on Bandcamp and Zazzle at the following two links:

https://davidmichaelcray.bandcamp.com/

https://bit.ly/Crayfish_CreationsZazzle

 

Don’t forget my album “Little Miracles” is now available for any price (even free!) on Bandcamp.

 

I hope you enjoy this website and check out my other profiles at

Instagram,

Twitter,

Facebook.com

LinkedIn

and Reverbnation.com.

Have a truly blessed day and may God fill your life with peace and joy!

Sincerely,

David Michael Cray                                                                                                Classical Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist/Author/Recording Engineer

Temples of the Spirit Productions

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Header photo of Beach and Sea oats (2018) by Dianne Dailey Cray(my wife).

Page Photo is an uncropped version of Beach and Sea Oats(2018 Emerald Isle) and is also by Dianne Dailey Cray.

Post Photo of Me in a Suit (2012 My Wedding) by Heather Van Looy (my cousin).

Classical Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist/Poet and Lyricist/Composer/Recording Engineer