Growing up in coastal Wales, before a move to Liverpool (where he attended university) folksy lyricist David Gray was making music long before he entered the public consciousness, touring widely and gathering a devoted army of fans throughout the 1990s. The singer released no less than three albums and worked alongside two different labels before eventually going it alone in 1998. His breakthrough finally came in the wake of the crazy/brave decision to self-finance his fourth album, and the gamble paid off. Celebrating his independence and embracing his acoustic edge, Gray's White Ladder burst into the charts in 1999, spawning such memorable tracks as Babylon and This Year's Love. Following a successful appearance on the main stage at Glastonbury, the album soon went multi-platinum. Fresh from a three year break from the limelight, further albums have since followed though none have yet matched the halcyon days of his fourth. His latest studio offering Draw The Line released in 2009 saw collaborations with Scottish songstrel Annie Lennox and folksy US recording artist Jolie Holland.