IMG_7089Pat Murray is a one of a kind, sultry songstress with an extensive background in the performing arts. Over the last fifteen years she has focused her talents on her first love, the jazz genre, recording four albums and performing in Toronto’s hottest jazz clubs, but Pat has in the past sung everything from rock to her original pop to 1960s doo wop. Born In Orillia where she was baby-sat by Gordon Lightfoot, and raised in Montreal, Pat moved to Kingston with her family in 1967. Her mother was a prominent jazz singer in the 40’s and 50’s in Montreal. Her father was a Jazz guitarist who played with Oscar Peterson and gave Gordon Lightfoot lessons on guitar. Pat was encouraged from the age of three to sing and perform and she has called Toronto home since 2001.
Through her extensive career Pat has performed with Canada’s most sought after musicians including Robi Botos, George Koller and Davide Direnzo. She is known both for her capacity to flawlessly re-create a pop song or standard into an excitingly fresh new interpretation, making any song truly her own. This talent was best demonstrated on her recent album, ‘Ticket to Ride – The Beatles Book”, which saw Pat breathe new life into beloved Beatles songs with her unique and often haunting renditions.
Pat’s loyal fan base is made up of all ages and types as she has the ability to entertain any crowd with her broad vocal range, her humour, raw emotion and her passion for her craft, which shines effortlessly through every song she performs.
A graduate of Drama from Queen’s University, Pat is also a high school drama teacher and continues to share her dramatic talents with her students on a daily basis. She has directed over 20 productions both in and out of the classroom. As an actor she has also appeared as Kate in The Tarragon Theatre production of “Finnegan’s Wake”, Olive in Theatre Kingston’s production of “The Female Version of the Odd Couple” and at Queens in “Outside and in the Cold”, a one-woman musical docudrama. Pat can count playwriting as one of her many talents, with eight in her collection, two of which have been produced on stage or on radio.
Her fifth CD is in the making, featuring her original compositions and some innovative jazz arrangements by collaborator Bruce Cassidy (Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse).