David Peter Gray was born in Sale, a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England, and was brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire. He moved with his family to Wales where he grew up in the small coastal town of Solva in Pembrokeshire and went on to attend the Carmarthenshire College of Art. He later moved back to the north-west of England to attend the University of Liverpool. Gray is an alternative rock, folk rock, and rock musician, a songwriter as well as a producer. He is an outspoken atheist.
The first single off the album, The One I Love, is a strange beast, an uplifting anthem about the last thoughts of a dying soldier. "We live imagined lives - it's all in our heads and they can just vanish, they can be changed utterly by something completely beyond our control. Obviously on the field of battle you're far more likely to encounter some shard of metal but even walking down the street it can all come to an abrupt end.
Below David Gray explains his atheism and the story behind "The One I Love"
"I don't believe in God but ultimately I think death will have no dominion. My dad seemed to play a trick, he didn't want to show us all the emotional pain he was going through, having to let everything go, and he sort of disappeared in a kind of magical way, somehow managing to say how brilliant his life had been even though he knew he was about to lose it. "Obviously not everyone is given that luxury, so I don't want to start painting some sort of crass picture of happy dying people. It can be very hard to find a thread of hope but there is always one there. So I just imagined this person celebrating the fact that they have actually been loved, and it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." " Neil McCormick interviewing Gray, 'A new shade of Gray', The Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2005