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Murray Porter / Musical Artist

Murray Porter 2012 JUNO Award Winner for

‘Aboriginal Album of the Year’ for “Songs Lived & Live Played”

Bio:

Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 30 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.

It was with his latest studio album Songs Lived & Life Played that Porter really started to see his popularity grow. The album won the 2012 JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year. It was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It was at the latter awards show where he brought the house to their feet and to tears with the emotionally charged song about residential schools, “Is Sorry Enough?”

To watch Porter live, it’s so clear that he loves to perform, and does so with care, love, wonder, and unabashed happiness. He makes it look easy. These emotions are easily shared with the audience and one cannot help but get caught up in his performance. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”

When not touring, Porter supplements his income with gigs all over British Columbia and throughout Canada and U.S. Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong.

Murray has shared the stage with hundreds of Artists including opening for the late BB King, the late Etta James, Sam ‘Soul Man’ Moore (twice), The Neville Brothers, Tom Cochrane, Marcia Ball, Pura Fe, Derek Miller, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Funk Brothers (twice).

His JUNO Award winning album “Songs Lived & Life Played” can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio across North America, on (Galaxie) now Stingray Blues on Canadian cable TV, and on Indigenous radio programs and networks across North America.

Murray Porter recorded “Heart of the Eagle” a one-hour TV special, Absolutely Vancouver for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Columbia, which was broadcast on August 23, 2014. It was also included in the overall national series Absolutely Canadian, which was broadcast on CBC-TV on January 10, 2015.

Quotes:

Grant Payne – Vice President – Nanaimo Blues Festival 2015 – “Murray Porter gave a truly inspired performance and a great change of pace to the day”

Hugo Rampen , Artistic Director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – “He is a caring man with a powerful creativity and a sensitive curiosity”

Lance Anderson – Artistic Director – Orillia Spring Blues Festival – “Murray Porter captivated the appreciative crowd at the 2013 Orillia Spring Blues Festival with a Main Stage set that included some soulful solo work with Murray on the piano, and later Porter was joined by the Pappy Johns Band. These guys are the real deal. Solid groove and real blues playing with a touch of soul. It was a masterful performance by Porter and his former band mates. Murray Porter is at his peak, and played piano with an ease and depth that shows his many years of paying his dues. A great, engaging entertainer and artist. Highly recommended”

2015 Performance Highlights:

Solo:

  • Guest singer with the legendary Sam Moore (Soul Man) at the Dreamcatcher Gala, Hamilton, Ont., in 2014 & 2015
  • Guest singer with The Healers at the Grand River Enterprises Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov. 22)
  • American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco (Nov. 14)
  • Toronto Blues Society Blues Summit 7- Showcased as a duo with Robbie Antone on harmonica (Jan. 18)
  • Canada Winter Games, LheidlI T’enneh Aboriginal Pavilion, Prince George, BC (Feb. 14, 15 & 24)
  • Pender Harbour Blues Festival, Painted Boat Resort, plus the end of festival Jam (June 5–7)
  • Pan Am Games Aboriginal Pavilion Opening Ceremonies, Fort York, Toronto (July 16); Pan Am Six Nations Concert, Chiefswood Park, Six Nations (July 24)
  • CBC Radio’s ‘Musical Nooner Concert Series’, Vancouver (July 30)
  • Nanaimo Blues Festival, performed as a duo with Chris Allen on harmonica (Aug. 29)
  • First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) 5th Anniversary celebration, Westin Hotel, Ottawa (Apr.15), plus numerous Aboriginal gala’s/graduations throughout the year, including benefit concerts for the Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women, cancer, environmental causes, Aboriginal housing and Indian Residential school survivors events

Band:

  • Performed in an ensemble cast for Marie Clement’s/red diva projects, ‘The Road Forward’, an Aboriginal musical play that was part of the PuSh Festival, Vancouver (Jan. 26 – Feb. 7)
  • `Murray Porter & Friends’ (with The Pappy Johns Band, Robbie Antone & Billy Joe Green),

National Aboriginal Day Live, Edmonton, Alta. (June 20). Was broadcast nationally on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

•Rez Bluez at the Fairview Pub, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, London, ON – 4 times a year

2014 Performance Highlights:

Solo:

  • Opened for country superstar Ricky Skaggs at Fisher River Cree Nation, Man. (Aug. 3)
  • Guest performer with Rob Montgomery & Friends ‘Blues in the City’, Edgewater Casino, Vancouver (Sept. 19)
  • `3rd Annual Salmon Motorcycle Run’, Chances Casino, Squamish, BC (Sept. 21)
  • Nanaimo Blues Festival, as a Duo with Chris Allen on harmonica (Aug. 24)
  • CBC ‘Musical Nooner Concert Series’, Vancouver (Aug. 20)
  • North American Indigenous Games, First Nations University, Regina, Sask. (Aug. 23)

Band:

  • Showcased with Robbie Antone at the 2015 Blues Summit at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto (Jan. 17)
  • ‘Blue Mondays’ at the Vancouver Fan Club (Oct. 6)
  • `Murray Porter & Friends’ (with The Pappy Johns Band, Robbie Antone & Billy Joe Green), National Aboriginal Day Live, Winnipeg, Man. (June 21)

Awards & Nominatons:

  • 2012 JUNO Award for `Aboriginal Album of the Year’, for “Songs Lived & Life Played”
  • The album was nominated for two 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards for `Aboriginal Recording of the Year’, and ‘Blues Recording of the Year’
  • Also nominated for four 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards for `Male Entertainer of the Year’; `Single of the Year’ for Rez Bluez; `Best Blues Album of the Year’, and with Elaine Bomberry, they were nominated for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ for Is Sorry Enough?
  • Nominee for Songwriter of the Year, for the 2004 Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards
  • Finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition for Blues
  • With The Pappy Johns Band, “Full Circle” (Independent), nominated for a 2005 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year
  • Best Blues Album at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
  • Songwriter of the Year at the first ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 1999

Links to Murray Porter’s Music:

  • Murray Porter – Heart of the Eagle, on CBC-TV BC, produced by Sheila Peacock, co-produced/directed by Jon Siddall, broadcast Aug. 23/14. Can be viewed on-line:

http://www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/vancouver/

  • Murray Porter – A Musician’s Love, produced/directed by PD Chalifoux (14:18 min); September 16, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v774vI0rvLQ

  • Day 443 – That Man Was Me, solo; produced by EveryDayMusicTV (3:46min); May 31, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rgTYLT5dZo

  • Day 443B – Meat on the Bone, Murray Porter Band; produced by EveryDayMusicTV (8:13 min); May 31, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uaG7L62Iqs

  • Murray Porter Band performing Is Sorry Enough? on the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Friday, November 2, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxUUB09DEQQ

  • Tom Lee Music Steinway Art Case Piano Collection – `The Way Of Our Ancestors Unveiling’ at the Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre, North Vancouver. The white Steinway baby grand piano was designed by Coast Salish Artist, Jody Broomfield. Murray was the first person to perform on this gorgeous white grand piano, and wrote a song for it called ‘Remember’, in January 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek51esvtrJY

Web Pages:

  • ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/murrayportermusic
  • CBC http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Murray-Porter
  • Murray Porter http://www.murrayporter.com  (to be launched by October 1/15)

Additional Info:

  • Murray has also been a participant in songwriting & blues workshops for various Festivals
  • Contributed an essay, ‘My Blues Journey’ to Me Artsy: An Exploration of Contemporary Native Arts, compiled and edited by Drew Hayden Taylor, published by Douglas & McIntyre 2015
  • Is Sorry Enough? Written by Elaine Bomberry & Murray Porter, was included on the “Songs from the Indian Residential School Legacy” CD compilation by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Released (Aug. 1/15)
  • Participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch of ‘A Brush of Hope’ Celebrity Paintings, by submitting a self-portrait (Sept. 19/15)
  • Was a Judge for ‘Aboriginal Canada’s Got Talent’, at the 2013 National Aboriginal Day in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Murray’s music is available on-line through iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/murrayporter

Contact:

c/o          Elaine Bomberry, Manager

Voice:      778.338.3814

Cell:         778.879.4161

Address:  2666-1959 Marine Drive

North Vancouver, British Columbia

V7P 3G1

Email:      ebomberry@shaw.ca

One of Murray’s Most Memorable… Performances in 2015 Singing with the Legendary Sam ‘Soul Man’ Moore