Murray Atkinson is a Canadian guitarist, keyboardist and singersongwriter. Atkinson grew up in Ladysmith, BC, in a musical family and became an accomplished classical pianist while simultaneously taking up the guitar. In the mid 90's he rose to local prominence as a hard rock guitarist in his band "Playground". In 1998 Atkinson moved to Vancouver and began working with various artists as a session and live guitarist. One of those artists was Chin Injeti (ex Bass is Base). Injeti mentored Atkinson in hip hop, R&B and funk styles. During a tour, in which Injeti's band opened for Canadian rock and R&B artist Colin James, Atkinson struck up a relationship with exmembers of the Canadian power pop band Odds who were at that time members of James' band. When Odds decided to reunite in 2006 Atkinson was asked to help out on guitar and later became a full member of the band.
Atkinson continued to write and record his own hard rock songs with college pal producer/engineer Paul Silveira at Vancouver's Armoury Studios. The song "El Camino" from these sessions was entered in CFOX radio's "Vancouver Seeds" song contest and emerged as the Grand Prize Platinum Award Winner as a result. With his winnings Atkinson began recording an album under the band name "Swan" entitled "Salt March". Swan enjoyed moderate local radio success with the single "Unfamiliar" which spent 7 weeks in the CFox Top 10, peaking at #4. Recently Murray won the Rock/Alt category of the 2012 USA Songwriting Competition with his song “El Camino”. This win has lead to gear endorsements, shows throughout North America and laid the foundation for the release of “Salt March” in America in late 2013!
Look for new music from Murray Atkinson in 2013 as he continues to define and develop his sound. With the ability to perform acoustic, a full band with two drummers or as a duo with his drummer Pat Steward, Murray offers a unique live experience not to be missed.
Here are some of the other albums Murray has played on or written for in addition to his own material.