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The Best Music You've Never Heard: The Gray Kid

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The Gray Kid‘s trunk-wobbling anthems and ballads of love and lust have established him as one of independent music’s most dynamic and entertaining performers. Having spent 2008 developing the band SPIRIT ANIMAL with top-call musicians who have recorded and toured with Ben Harper,and others, Gray is poised to enter a new realm of psychedelic soul and dance music that recalls the intensity, grit and eccentricity of The Doors, LCD Soundsystem and Parliament Funkadelic. “FREE MUSIC!!!,” to be released digitally through Gray's website (graykid.com), is the inspiration for a broad effort to offer all of the music he has written and produced, dating back to 2001, in one place for one cost: $0.00. Gray has received high praise from various media outlets (Yahoo, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Interview), shared the stage with leaders of the new school pack (M.I.A., Cool Kids), and licensed a track to NBC’s 30 Rock, all without a record deal. His strong foundation rests partially on the three albums he has self-produced, recorded and released, partially on his stomping, crooning live shows, and partially on the online presence of his hot-button art collective, People-Food(United Talent Agency/BenderSpink). The collective is responsible for 3 million video views and enables Gray to accompany his musical efforts with high-end visual components and alternative multimedia at every turn. This spring he is scheduled to release an MSN commercial, a new music video, and his second Internet cooking segment with VIMBY.com. In 2009, Spirit Animal will complete its debut full-length, "The Cost of Living." This release will be preceded by an EP of cover songs, "Covers I," which reinvents notable numbers from Beirut, Ginuwine, Alphaville and Sheila Hylton.