Many Spirits Strong:
A Benefit for Marianne Harvey
Graham Whorley is a musician known for his soulful mastery of music and looping technology. Like many of America’s finest artists, Graham was born and grew up in a small town. He soaked up the local gospel, country, and folk music he heard there and mixed it with the finest rock influences to create his own musical voice.
Young Graham formally studied piano and percussion and then taught himself bass and guitar.
It gets cold up in the mountains and on one particularly cold and snowy day, he felt the calling of the beach and decided to follow his sister down to South Carolina where she had told stories of the great climate and funky, cool culture.
He packed up his instruments and headed to the beach – Folly Beach, the edge of America. Folly Beach lies just to the east of historic Charleston but really is another world. He’s been here ever since.
Graham’s laid-back attitude and eclectic musical influences quickly made him a favorite of the local music fans. He committed himself to the community by raising money for worthy projects and organizing concerts to help the needy. His leadership drew the best of the local musicians to him.
His following grew organically from local to regional and then national. National Public Radio recognized his arc and featured Graham in an episode of “Your Day”. The interview profiles his songwriting and feaured songs from his CD “Permission To Think”. MPA Productions created a thirty minute documentary about this fine record that is available on YouTube.
Now, an international audience is being exposed to the virtuosity of Graham Whorley via his TEDTalk in which he performed by himself for technology and business luminaries from around the globe.
In today’s world of disposable, vapid lyrics and forgettable music, Graham’s songwriting stands out as insightful and thought provoking. His experience of life and loss is unique and engaging. He is also a master of interpreting the great songs of other writers bringing new meaning and light to the familiar.
Graham’s music transcends categorizations such as rock, jazz or folk. Graham’s soundscapes touch on timeless themes of the search for meaning, love, and the pain of being human. Once can close one’s eyes and taste the influences of 60’s psychedelia, 70’s rock, bluegrass, raga, reggae, and decades of world music. Through his deep and sensitive music you sense the intense spirituality of the man behind the guitar.
Graham has released six albums, three of which are available on iTunes and CDBaby.
Graham performed as a featured artist on stage for Warren Haynes Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. His band have shared the stage over the last several years with Tim Reynolds, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Lee Oskar of WAR, Members of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Brock Butler, Delbert McClinton, Keller Williams, and Dumpstaphunk to name a few.