Peter "Pete" Kenneth Murray is an Australian singer-songwriter whose first three full-length albums have all reached #1 on the Australian music charts. He has been nominated several times at the ARIAs and has had several songs reach the top forty in Australia.His first LP, Feeler, reached number 1 a few months after its mid-2003 release, and his follow-up record, See The Sun reached a similar level of success, with all of the singles receiving widespread airplay. His third studio album, Summer At Eureka, was released in May 2008. To date Pete Murray has sold over 1 million records. Some of the greatest influences on his career are Nick Drake, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.In November 2013, Pete Murray is touring Canada with Paul Langlois and Rob Baker of The Tragically Hip.Early life and career beginningsPete Murray was born on 14 October 1969 and attended St. Joseph's Nudgee College. At Nudgee College, he showed a great deal of talent in sport especially rugby union, athletics and swimming. He briefly played Brisbane club rugby for GPS and Brothers. When he was 18, his father died while he was contesting the Australian championships of the 400 meters.While on the sidelines, Murray started to learn the guitar at age 22 and his ability soon improved with plenty of practice. Eventually, he worked up the courage to take his guitar to a barbecue singing songs by Neil Young and Crowded House. However, his main interest was in pursuing a career in sports medicine and traveling.Eventually, enough people told him that he had the talent to be successful in music and he started a musical career, playing small gigs around the country with flautist Col McIntyre, eventually putting a band together (including keyboard player Ben McCarthy, who works with him to this day). In 2002, he released an independent album The Game in Brisbane and moved to Melbourne to pursue a musical career. Murray signed a contract with Sony BMG Australia in early 2003.The StonemasonsHis supporting band is The Stonemasons, featuring Andy Sylvio on drums, Jonathan Zion on bass, Ben McCarthy on keyboards, and Pete Williamson on guitar. Pete Williamson parted ways with The Stonemasons to pursue a career with the Australian band Mammal, and was replaced by Brett Wood, but as of 2014, Williamson has returned to play guitar.Blue Sky BlueHis fourth album, Blue Sky Blue, was released in Australia September 2, 2011.APRA AwardsThe APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).