Gray Bartlett has been there, done that, in New Zealand showbiz and on stages overseas. He has succeeded in business and even found time to serve as a community leader, being elected and serving on the Auckland City Council until he voluntarily decided it was time to move on in 2001. Then, even after three decades in music, and with two million album sales to his credit, he reached out and shared his wisdom by guiding the fortunes of immense rising talents, Hayley Westenra and Ben Morrison.
Gray Bartlett is fiercely independent, resourceful and determined. He is frustrated and content, young at heart, but eminently wise at the same time. His passion for his music and business really shines through and is one of the reasons he has survived and thrived for so long in a cut-throat industry. Often against the odds, he has relied on his entrepreneurial spirit to create his success.
Album Review Gray Bartlett "Private Conversations"
19 April 2016 : World famous guitarist “Hank Marvin of The Shadows and Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz fame” has written an outstanding Review of Gray Bartlett’s new album ‘Private Conversations’.
“Gray Bartlett is something of an institution in NZ, well that’s what he told me.
Seriously folks I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Gray over the last couple of years and discovered that he’s a man of various talents. However it’s his musical talent that really stands out on his latest CD, “Private conversations” which allows him to display both his virtuosity and versatility as a guitarist, which reminds me I need to practice more.
The choice of material is diverse, engaging and he interprets the compositions with clarity and sensitivity; qualities that many guitarists lack. Gray’s command of different guitar techniques is also demonstrated as he switches easily from beautifully performed finger style acoustic, to slide guitar, to country rock and even to heavy blues rock; yes, our boy has serious chops.
Check out Gray’s version of APACHE it’s almost as good as mine.
Congratulations to Gray on a FAB CD, buy it, you’ll love it.”
Hank B Marvin
Gray Bartlett| Private Conversations | NZ Tour of the Album April May June July 2016 |with Chet O’Connell
GRAY BARTLETT and STEELY DAN
Gray Bartlett spending time with Rodger McCutcheon and Jon Herington of Steely Dan.
GRAY BARTLETT and BILLY CONNOLLY
Billy Connolly caught up with Gray Bartlett back stage during his sold-out High Horse tour in New Zealand.
TOMMY EMMANUEL LIVE IN CONCERT: BOOK NOW, THE LAST TOUR SOLD OUT FAST!
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The crowd goes wild for Tommy's music and demands an encore!
Highlights of Tommy's musical magic!
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KENNY ROGERS and GRAY BARTLETT ... ONLY TWO NEW ZEALAND SHOWS!
Kenny Rogers is an enduring artist with a distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. He has consistently sold out venues where he performs from a chart topping catalogue, spanning seven decades and multiple genres.
Kenny's hit songs include: The Gambler, Coward of the County, Reuben James, Lucille, Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town, Lady, She Believes in Me, Islands in the Stream, We've Got Tonight, Daytime Lovers, Sweet Music Man, You Decorated My Life, Buy Me A Rose, I Can’t Unlove You, Through The Years and more.
Don’t miss a memorable night with the legendary Kenny Rogers on his Through The Years World Tour, where he will be joined by our own stars, the Bourbon County Brothers, who had impressed audiences so much with their brief tribute to Glen Campbell at Kenny’s shows in 2012 that they were invited back to share their own special brand of country music, plus special guests, newcomer Jody Direen in Christchurch and guitar legend Gray Bartlett in Hamilton.
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HANK MARVIN NZ TOUR A HUGE SUCCESS
Audiences throughout New Zealand enjoyed the incredible talent of Hank Marvin.
GRAY BARTLETT and RINGO STARR
Gray was invited to spend time with the legendary Ringo Starr during his recent sell-out tour of New Zealand
The Gray Bartlett story
Guitarist, Musical Director, Composer, Producer and Concert Promoter, Gray Bartlett has been picking his way to success for over 35 years. Through 30 Albums and 20 singles Gray has sold well in excess of a million units of his music.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand on July 22nd 1942, Gray's first musical experience was at age 15 after leaving Auckland Grammar School. One of his four brothers', Barry, (he also has three sisters), taught him to play the guitar and after answering a newspaper advertisement, he joined a band called "The Phantoms". They performed at local dances and came runner-up in a radio completion called "Have A Shot".
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