Chris Murray is a unique figure on today’s music scene. As leader of Toronto-based King Apparatus, an electrifying six-piece blend of rockin’ ska and pop sensibility, Chris developed a strong reputation as a dynamic frontman and one of the genre’s finest songwriters. Over the group’s eight year reign, King Apparatus released two-full length CDs, two EPs, made eight videos and toured coast to coast more than a dozen times, sharing stages with virtually every top act in the field, from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones to The Skatalites. Upon the band’s breakup, Murray relocated to Los Angeles and emerged as a solo artist. Around southern California, Chris has made recent live appearances as guest lead vocalist for renowned Caribbean bandleader, Carlos Malcolm and His Afro-Jamaican Rhythms, as well as playing drums and guitar for Ethiopian reggae artist, Isaac Haile Selassie. From jamming with The Specials in a basement club, to trading songs on an acoustic guitar with 72-year-old boogie-ska pioneer Laurel Aitken, life has led Chris Murray down a path to the very roots of a living tradition in ska and reggae music.
Chris Murray – one man ska band