Backed by an expert band, singer-songwriter Scott Gray sounds like a born optimist, his romantic pop-jazz songs conveying a single-minded pursuit of romantic bliss in all its grandeur. The bouncy, buoyant “Raincoats” is a platonic, lighthearted tribute to a special girl. The mood turns sensual and smoldering with “Maybe It’s You,” where Gray, backed by bluesy piano, expresses a more physical objective. The bluesy mood intensifies with the emotional trumpet swoon in “She Remains” as he croons, “Can’t get you out of my mind.” Gray has a solid, likeable voice with plenty of character. We urge him to try collaborating with a nimble lyricist who can bring a fresh turn of phrase to familiar romantic situations.
Seeking: Booking, TV/Film
Style: Pop, Jazz, Singer-songwriter