X Factor's Dean Ray performs Dear Darlin' with UK singer Olly Murs. Photo Contributed
X Factor's Dean Ray performs Dear Darlin' with UK singer Olly Murs. Photo Contributed Contributed

X Factor favourite heads to Pilbeam Theatre in August

MUSIC is in his genes, and his sweet tunes are bringing him to the Pilbeam Theatre.

Musician and X Factor favourite Dean Ray will head to Queensland for a series of tour dates in June and August this year.

Raised in the town of Meandarra with his father Chris, a contract stockman, and mother Angie, Dean says he was born into music.

While heavily pregnant with Dean, Angie was playing bass in rock bands.

His parents were musicians on the country music circuit, which led to Dean travelling Australia with his parents, and sleeping in guitar cases while they packed up their gear to travel to the next beer-soaked venue.

"Travelling with musicians you pick up a thing or two," Dean said.

At age six he was keen to learn the drums and after only five lessons, he had it.

Dean and his brother, who played the piano, were recruited into their parents' band Itchy Feet.

"That was the start. I just got better and better," Dean said. "I left home young because I just felt that chapter was over and I wanted to see other things. I wanted to go broke; I wanted to sleep under bridges."

Australian audiences became aware of the Melbourne-based singer on April 4 during the auditions of X Factor Australia.

Australia fell in love, and Dean came home with the runner-up title after the grand final.

Dean's single Coming Back went to number five on the singles charts and hit number one on the iTunes charts.

His self-titled debut album found itself sitting at number five on the national album charts, number one on the iTunes charts and is certified gold.

With 50 gigs under his belt already this year, Dean has been touring nationally, headlining tours since January 2015.

"I've been called mysterious, intense, confusing, crazy and captivating. But at the end of the day, I'm just a guy with a guitar and a story to tell. Live and love," Dean said.

IF YOU GO

VENUE: Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

DATE: Thursday, August 13

TIME: 8pm

COST: All tickets $44

PHONE: Dial'n'Charge 4927 4111



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