Crofton's Five Free Songs
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Born in New Zealand, Crofton Orr has spent his life around music. By age 14, he had formed his own band, Big Wide World and achieved a New Zealand Top 10 hit. He was then picked-up by a chart-topping local band Katango at age 15 and found himself taking time off school to tour the country, opening for international acts like Tears for Fears. Crofton spent his early 20’s developing his own sound, digging through second-hand record shops. It was there, with artists like Crosby Stills & Nash, Traffic and Stevie Wonder that he found inspiration.
Primarily a drummer at this stage, Crofton knew he really wanted to write and sing. He took up cello, guitar and piano and eventually graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Composition.
Putting together his debut album, Crofton paired-up with longtime friend and producer Derek Metivier and the songs came together, each being meticulously recorded in a simple home studio. After meeting seasoned producer Stephen Barncard, a studio was booked near San Francisco and session musicians were chosen including drummer Rick Schlosser (Van Morrison, James Taylor), bassist Dan Schwartz (Sheryl Crow), guitarist Gregg Arreguin (Seal) and keyboardist Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead). Tragically since those recordings, both Gregg and Vince have passed on and Crofton feels so fortunate to have had their wonderful talents gracing his music. The recordings were made live to analogue tape.