Bio

Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 35+ years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, who now lives on Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Murray may have a blues soul to the core, but he also grew up on rock and roll, R & B and country music. Porter’s first CD since his 2012 JUNO Award for ‘Aboriginal Album of the Year’ is titled, “STAND UP!” and reflects these early musical influences. He strongly feels that this next album is some of his best music to date.

Murray Porter at the Vancouver Folk Festival

His new music is a little bit of protest songs, a little bit of love songs, and a little bit of fun songs. Murray’s well respected in both the Indigenous and Blues music communities. His voice is as smooth as a velvet growl. 

The new songs address many issues facing Indigenous People today including: ‘No More’ (Idle No More movement); ‘Highway 16’ (Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls); ‘Don’t Let Go’ (Suicide prevention); ‘The Water’ (State of the water today in Indigenous communities); ‘In the Same Canoe’ (Unity amongst all People). Plus, in true Murray Porter fashion, he has some tongue-in-cheek songs and heartfelt songs about Love: ‘Please Stay Gone’; ‘Some Day I’ll Never Learn’; ‘Two Hearts One Soul’; ‘Love Will Find a Way’. 

Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with his four-piece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”  He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed. 

SOME 2019 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Murray Porter Band performed at The Talking Stick Festival at ‘Guilty Grooves’ show @ Guilt & Co.,; Lions Bay House Concert; Calgary Blues Festival; 2 Rivers Remix, Lytton, BC; Celebration of Nations, St. Catharines, ON; Southside Shuffle Blues Festival, Port Credit, ON; plus for Elders gatherings, graduations at Simon Fraser U, Friendship Centres in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, BC

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • With his Band, they performed at British Columbia’s largest summer music Festival in 2018, the Skookum Festival, at Stanley Park in Vancouver; Harmony Arts Festival (West Vancouver), Fort Langley Jazz Festival (B.C.), Assembly of First Nations Gala (Vancouver); Calabogie Blues Festival (ON);Onkwehon:we Festival (Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON); Rez Bluez in Vancouver, Toronto, Kahnawake, Que.
  • Guest Artist with the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble, (20 piece ensemble), Saskatoon, March, 2017  (see links on Video Page) 

OVER THE YEARS:

Murray has performed, either as a solo or with his band at: Edmonton Folk Festival; Saskatoon Winter Blues Festival; Bella Coola Music Festival; Indspire Awards, Vancouver; JUNO Fest, Ottawa; BreakOut West, Regina; Sakewewak Artists Collective, Regina; Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival (3 times); Harrison Music Festival; Pender Harbour Blues Festival, B.C. Plus many community benefit concerts for various health, environmental causes and Indigenous communities across Canada; Downtown East Side for the Homeless; Aboriginal Elders, youth & students; Murdered & Missing Women & Girls, and most recently for Standing Rock, North Dakota. 

QUOTES:

Terry Wickham – Producer: Edmonton Folk Festival (August 2016)

  • “If you are looking to inject some soul and contemporary storytelling from our indigenous cultures into your festival, then Murray Porter is your man. He is also charming, humorous, professional and an excellent blues piano playing singer-songwriter. You can’t miss with Murray”  

Lark Clark – Host, World Spinning, CKUA Radio Network (August 2016)

  • “Murray Porter is an authentic bluesman.  Just hearing that piano pump is a thrill, and when Murray starts to sing – look out!  You’re hooked. His stories, told in truthful blues, are compelling”  

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:

  • 2012 JUNO Award for `Aboriginal Album of the Year’ for “Songs Lived & Life Played” (Independent) – awarded on March 31, 2012, in Ottawa. Also nominated for: 2 Western Canadian Music Awards; and 4 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards; 2015 JUNO awards for Full Circle, with The Pappy Johns Band (PJB)
  • Best Blues Album at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Full Circle with PJB
  • Songwriter of the Year at the first ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in1999 
  • Nominee for Songwriter of the Year, for the 2004 Maple Blues Awards
  • Finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition for Blues  

Discography: 

  • “Songs Lived & Life Played”, (Independent) all songs and music by Murray. 
  • “Full Circle”, The Pappy Johns Band featuring Murray Porter, (Independent), Murray wrote 7 of the 11 songs on this CD, Nov., 2003
  • “1492, Who Found Who?” (First Nations Music/EMI).  Murray wrote all the words and music, 1995 

COMPILATIONS 

1.         “Indian Reservation Blues”: ‘Heart of the Eagle’; ‘Colours’ by Murray Porter included on this 32 song compilation. (DixieFrog Records, France) – released in Europe on Feb. 26, 2009

2.         “Blues sur Seine 2005 Festival compilation-France”, `Make Your Mind Up’ by Murray Porter with The Pappy Johns Band – November 2005.  (Mantes-la-Jolie, France)

3.         “Toronto Blues Society 20th Anniversary compilation 2005” `Meat on the Bone’ written by Murray Porter,  with The Pappy Johns Band, (Toronto Blues Society) – May 2005

4.         “Skin Tight Blues” A First Peoples Blues Compilation (Sweet Grass Records/EMI Music Canada), `Colours’ written by Murray Porter – July 15, 2002

5.         Plus being a Guest Artist on: “Nikawiy Askiy” by Sandy Scofield, 2007  (Independent); “Fusion of Two Worlds” by M’Girl, 2007  (Independent)

TELEVISION PERFORMANCES:

  • CBC-TV BC featured Murray Porter on ‘Absolutely Vancouver’, with a full hour show called “Heart of the Eagle”. Features both solo and band performances. It was originally broadcast 2 years ago, and also featured on their national program ‘Absolutely Canadian’. You can view this on-line at: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2490987463
  • On February 12, 2016, he performed his new original song, `In The Same Canoe’, as the finale on the Indspire Awards, which was broadcast on Global-TV and APTN in June/17
  • On June 24. 2016, he also was featured on APTN’s Solstice Concerts with his own 30 minute segment from his performance at the 2015 Aboriginal Day Live

His JUNO Award winning album “Songs Lived & Life Played” can be heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio across North America, CBC Radio, Stingray Blues on Canadian cable TV, and on Indigenous radio programs and networks across North America. Available thru iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby. Murray Porter’s new CD “STAND UP!” is available on many digital music platforms.

  •  MURRAY PORTER  
  • c/o Elaine Bomberry, Manager   
  • 2666-1959 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, British Columbia   V7P 3G1    
  • Email: ebomberry@shaw.ca    Cell:  778.879.4161