Interview with Lawrence Gray

Date of Birth: 30/01/1975

Where do you live? Imtarfa

Status:  Very happily married

Star Sign: Aquarius

Media-related occupation: Full-time self-employed entertainer/singer/songwriter

Early in his career, the rock band Meer was formed and LAWRENCE GRAY was its singer and frontman. He has taken part in the Malta Song for Europe seven times, placing twice second, once third and twice fourth.  Lawrence participated in The International Festival of Maltese Song twice, winning it both times and also winning a FIDOF award at each Festival. In 2001, Lawrence Gray won the prestigious ’Best Male Singer’ at the Malta Music Awards and in 2002, he won the Malta Independence Festival.

Lawrence’s other achievements and awards were as follows, he was placed second in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu (1999), ‘Best Male Singer’ and ’Best International Voice’ at the International Voice of Asia (1999). He also placed second at an international festival which took place in Prague 2001 and was called, Universetalent. He was also awarded ’Most Popular Foreign Artist’ at the ’111 International Music Festival’ in Zrenjanin, Yugoslavia (2002). And the list goes on, Lawrence was awarded the second prize at the International Voice of Asia (2002). He also won Best Performer, ’Best Voice’ and ’Best Composer’ and ‘Best Promoted Foreign Artist in Cyprus’ by Radio Magic 102.2FM in Cyprus in 2003.

Musicals have always played a very important part in Lawrence Gray’s career. Over the years, he has taken part in a number of musicals as well as shows which are associated with musicals locally. In 2001, Lawrence took part in a master class for musical theatre which took place in London for Les Miserables. From this, he was chosen to play the part of Jean Valjean in the musical at the Palace Theatre in London.

Lawrence also sang Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar in the first Beyond the Barricade show which took place in Malta in 2003. Lawrence Gray has recorded a total of 21 songs in London working with Geoff Morrow of Can’t Smile Without You fame and Paul Murphy who has worked with Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Lawrence was also a guest singer in festivals abroad, such as Premio Top SprintOmaggio alla Sicilianita in Catania, which was shown on Sicilian television and the Golden Magnolia Festival in Louisina, USA.  In 2014, Lawrence Gray was one of the main singers in Gensna.

How did you first discover you had a talent for singing?

I first discovered that I had a talent for singing when I was still at St Francis School. I was asked to be the main singer in St Francis’s School show. I was about seven or eight years old.

Are you working on any new projects at the moment?

The project that am working on at the moment and this is for real is how to survive everyday life, and trying to be a good father by raising my son Liam. I try to do this in the best possible way by teaching him the meaning of life and that is to be happy.

Would you buy an expensive car, or would you prefer the same cash amount in your bank account?

If I buy another car, I am sure that my wife will have something to say about that. So, I think I prefer the same cash in my bank account.

What was your biggest failure to-date?

My biggest failure was and still is to date, that I tend to trust too much and sometimes I trust the wrong people, but because of this, I have learnt a lot, too.

What’s the best bargain you have ever made so far?

That must be having my beautiful son Liam and for that I always thank the one and only God.

In your opinion, what is the best thing in life?

Well this is very easy. At this very moment in my opinion the best thing in life is being a father.