Moray Innes was born on 11th April 1964 in Edinburgh, and it is here he discovered his musical talents, first on clarinet then saxophone. While Moray was growing up, he was greatly influenced by his father’s passion for the music of Jolson, Sammy Davis Jnr, Dean Martin and Sinatra. Their music inspired him to follow a career in music.
On leaving school, Moray studied music privately and spent most of his teens and 20’s playing in funk, soul and rock bands in search of the elusive record deal. Successes at this time included many live television appearances and invites on radio stations.
When Moray reached 28 years old, he joined the Army as a musician and became principal saxophonist in the Band of the Black Watch, laterally the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was in the early days of Moray’s military career, while based in Hong Kong that he was encouraged to use and develop his singing ability. Keen to extend his repertoire, Moray took the gamble and began to introduce some Sinatra Big Band charts to instant positive response! People began to remark how similar Moray’s voice was to Sinatra’s. Buoyed by this enthusiasm, he continued to sharpen and build up his act and has performed twice in the space of a year, with the Scottish Festival Orchestra at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to capacity audiences.
Now that Moray has completed his career in the Forces, he is fully commited to promoting big band music and do his bit to keep Sinatra’s music live. He was once asked why he emulates “a dead guy”; his reply is as follows: “in recent years, Frances Albert Sinatra’s music has been recognised as classic, something that was given to the world and is here to stay, just as surely as Mozart or Beethoven. Why are there so many Elvis’s, Dean Martins, Sammy Davis’s and Francis Albert Sinatras? It’s because the public want the live experience; there’s nothing like live music and unfortunately the Greats aren’t here anymore to give it to us. The best we can do is to tastefully attempt to recreate a piece of the magic they gave to us.”
Moray is now based in Edinburgh and is open to travel and perform his unique Sinatra set with a quartet, big band or just a piano player.
Please visit ’You tube‘ to see Frank Sinatra live in Edinburgh & Glasgow with Moray Innes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF9RBItBJX0
and John & Moray Innes, Help for Heroes Concert “My Way”
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