David Gray brought his signature mix of acoustic instrumentation and electronic samples to Wall Street for an intimate performance at the Broad Street Ballroom, housed in a 1920s building renowned for its austere Classical Revival style. The breathtaking hall of the former Lee-Higginson Bank (now part of the first-ever private elementary school below Canal Street) provided a colorful setting for the multiplatinum singer-songwriter as he played songs from the eagerly anticipated Draw the Line, his first new album since 2005.
British singer-songwriter David Gray burst onto the world stage in 2000 with his multiplatinum fourth album, White Ladder (which remains the bestselling album in Ireland ever), boosted by the success of the international hit single, “Babylon.” In the decade since, the Grammy-nominated artist has sold over 12 million CDs and released three consecutive chart-topping albums in the UK. His first new project in four years, Draw the Line was proclaimed by USA Today “some of his most ambitious, affecting, and densely musical work to date.”
The Broad Street Ballroom was built in 1928, originally known as the Lee, Higginson, & Company Bank Building. It was designed in a late 1920’s Classical Revival style by the Cross & Cross architectural firm, an aesthetic popular in New York City at the time. The facade is decorated by sculptural work of Leo Friedlander, whose creations can also be found on the Washington Memorial Arch in Valley Forge, the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington D.C., and in several collections held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Since 2005, the building has been home to Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, which uses the Ballroom as a community space for artistic performances and school celebrations.