Murray Porter / Bio

MURRAY PORTER 2012 JUNO Award Winner for `Aboriginal Album of the Year' for “Songs Lived & Life Played”

Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 30 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.

It was with his latest studio album Songs Lived & Life Played that Porter really started to see his popularity grow. The album won the 2012 JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year. It was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It was at the latter awards show where he brought the house to their feet and to tears with the emotionally charged song about residential schools, “Is Sorry Enough?”

“He is a caring man with a powerful creativity and a sensitive curiosity,” said Hugo Rampen, Artistic Director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival.

To watch Porter live, it’s so clear that he loves to perform, and does so with care, love, wonder, and unabashed happiness. He makes it look easy. These emotions are easily shared with the audience and one cannot help but get caught up in his performance. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”

When not touring, Porter supplements his income with gigs all over British Columbia. Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong.

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- Lance Anderson - Artistic Director - Orillia Spring Blues Festival States...
"Murray Porter captivated the appreciative crowd at the 2013 Orillia Spring Blues Festival with a Main Stage set that included some soulful solo work with Murray on the piano, and later Porter was joined by the Pappy Johns Band. These guys are the real deal. Solid groove and real blues playing with a touch of soul. It was a masterful performance by Porter and his former bandmates.

Murray Porter is at his peak, and played piano with an ease and depth that shows his many years of paying his dues. A great and engaging entertainer and artist. Highly recommended".

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His JUNO Award-winning release, "SONGS LIVED & LIFE PLAYED" can be heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio across North America, on Galaxie Blues on Canadian cable TV, and on Indigenous radio programs and networks across North America.

Upcoming in 2014, Murray Porter recorded a one-hour TV special for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Columbia, which will be broadcast in the summer of 2014.

2013 Performances:
Band performances:
• `Native Nations Inaugural Ball’, in honour of President Obama’s Inauguration, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 21/13)
• Canada Day Celebrations, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, B.C. (July 1/13)
• `Aboriginal Blues Showcase’, Kitchener Blues Festival; OLG Clocktower Stage & Solo at Dan Akroyd’s Wine Bar, Kitchener, ON (Aug. 9/13)
• `Rez Bluez All-Starz’, Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Orillia, ON (June 8/13)
• CKRZ 100.3 FM (Six Nations/New Credit Rez’s) ‘Bush Radio Lives On! Concert’, Sanderson Centre, Brantford, ON (Oct. 6/13)
• Oneida Nation Fall Fair - Guest with Robbie Antones’ Blues Machine, Oneida, ON
• ‘Rez Bluez’ with members of Derek Miller’s Band, The Pappy Johns Band, The Healers, at Bixels, Brantford, Ontario (Oct. 10/13); Fairview Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia (4 times a year)
• Sunday Blues Revue, The Columbia Theatre, New Westminster, B.C. (Sept. 15/13)

• ‘Rekindle Tecumseh’s Vision’, 7 Day World Unity Gathering, Delaware Nation Pow Wow Grounds, Moraviantown, Ontario (Oct. 4/13)
• Private wedding, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Oct. 20/13)
• ‘Spirit Within Festival’, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler, B.C. (Sept. 26/13)
• `11th Annual Vancouver Gala’, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 23/13)
• Sunshine Music Festival, Powell River, B.C. (Sept. 1/13)
• ‘Reconciliation Gathering’, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 17/13)
• `2nd Annual Salmon Motorcycle Run’, Chances Casino, Squamish, B.C. (Sept. 14/13)
• Private reception for National Chief Shawn Atleo, Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon, Sask. (Feb. /13)
• Concert for a Cure, Hank’s Place, Ohsweken, ON (Aug. 17/13)
• National Aboriginal Day, Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, Ottawa, ON (June 21/13)
• ‘Rock the North’ Fundraiser, K’san Campground, Hazelton, B.C. (May 18/13)
• Plus numerous Benefit performances for Aboriginal conferences, community organizations and causes.

• Murray has also been a participant in Songwriting workshops for various Festivals, and was a Judge for ‘Aboriginal Canada’s Got Talent’, on National Aboriginal Day in Ottawa, ON.

General Info

Band Members
Artist Name
Murray Porter
Profile Page
Active Since
Blues / Foot-stomping Blues Piano / Native American, Some Country

Contact Info

North Vancouver, BC, CA
Elaine Bomberry

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