Farryl Purkiss

Farryl Purkiss

 Cape Town, Western Cape, ZAF
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Hailed as one of the most talented singer/songwriters, January 2011 saw Farryl’s single ‘Pennies In the Snow’ air on major US TV Series PRIVATE PRACTICE. Farryl often tours Australia, Europe, USA & SA, performing at some of the biggest festivals. His beautiful songs & great live performance has garnered him a loyal fanbase across the world.


Born and raised on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa), singer songwriter Farryl Purkiss’s music is captivating, emotive and memorable.

His 2005 debut EP release, “Chapter One”, a self financed project, was recorded in collaboration with South African guitar legend Nibs van der Spuy and marketed and released with the assistance of Sheer Sound. Apart from a heavy 2006 touring schedule which has included headline appearances at festivals such as Splashy Fen, Wavescapes Film Festival, Mr Price Classic and The Billabong Pro Farryl has also recently completed two national tours as a guest of Australian superstars Missy Higgins (July 2006) and Ben Lee (April 2006). He has also toured with Donovan Frankenreiter and has played with Jack Johnson, which resulted in a co-composition with Jack. The “Chapter One” EP was nominated for a 2006 South African Music Award (SAMA) in the ‘Best Adult Contemporary’ category. He has completed two succesful Australian tours including a headline spot at Big Day Out (Perth). Farryl has also been featured heavily in the Audi TT (UK) campaign with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” (www.ttremastered.com).

2007 saw Farryl support Australia’s Bob Evans on 31 date tour, where he enjoyed heavy rotation on over 40 radio stations with his debut single “Better Days”. In beween these tours Farryl made his European debut in April & early May of 2007.

2007 also saw Farryl’s single “La-Di-Da” reach the #1 spot in the charts on the French radio station FIP. His debut album was also released in Japan. Farryl also was voted as the #19 “Hottest” celeb in the Heat Hot 100 voted for by the public.

“Fruitbats & Crows” (2009) was the long awaited follow up to Farryl Purkiss’s 2006 internationally critically acclaimed self titled album. In the pastthree years, Purkiss has toured Australia three times, Europe, USA and of course, South Africa. He’s had radio success in all of the above territories including Japan and a #1 in France with “La-Di-Da”. His songs have been used in campaigns by Nissan (Greece), Audi (UK), MTN (South Africa) as well as placement in the international film “Adopted” (featuring Pauly Shore). In 2007 he was voted the most popular musician by Heat Magazine (South Africa) and has been featured by every major newspaper, magazine, TV show and radio station in South Africa as well as an ambassador for Woolworths.

This album was produced by one of South Africa’s most successful producers, Brian O’Shea, who won a SAMA (South African Music Award) in 2010 as Best producer for his work on “Fruitbats & Crows”. The album contains 12 brand new tracks and feature international guest musicians such as Ash Grunwald (Australia) and John Ellis (Tree 63).

2011 brought a great start to the year for Farryl Purkiss after his single ‘Pennies In the Snow’ aired on major US TV Series Private Practice on International TV Screens in January. Fans from all over started contacting Farryl via his Social Network pages and those who were still finding out who Farryl was, were posting blogs across various websites commenting on the song “Pennies In The Snow” which they had just heard on the show. After all the international hype, we get to watch this highly anticipated episode of Private Practice as it airs in South Africa on Mnet and Mnet HD on Monday, September 12th, at 21:30.

“Pennies In The Snow” is taken from Farryl’s most successful album to date, “Fruitbats & Crows”. Since its release, “Fruitbats & Crows” has generated three major hit singles with “A Million Grains Of Sand”, “Kissing Devils On The Cheek” and “Creeping Up On Me” doing incredibly well on radio and Brian O’Shea winning the 2010 SAMA for “Best Producer” for his work on “Fruitbats & Crows”.

This is not the first time Farryl’s had a song placed on Private Practice. The piano mix of his song “Sticks & Stones” was used on Episode 5 in the Third Season of Private Practice, but till now has never been available to fans on any release. “Fruitbats & Crows” has been repackaged as a 2CD Special Edition and released in June 2011 with a Bonus Disc which includes unreleased songs and some brand new material, including the piano mix of “Sticks & Stones”.

Also on the Bonus disc is “In Apostrophes”, an acoustic version of a brand new song for the next Studio album, “Monkeys’ Wedding Live” which has become a fan favourite request at LIVE shows and differs vastly from the Album version of “Monkeys’ Wedding”. “Number Seven” never made the final tracklisting when “Fruitbats & Crows” was released and is now available on this BONUS DISC as the only Instrumental Song on the album, and the release also includes Farryl’s stunning versions of the BOB DYLAN track “Positively 4th Street” and the classic NEW ORDER single “Blue Monday”!

2012 has been a great start for Farryl having performed at some key International showcases. Firstly at MusExpo in Los Angeles at the end of April, followed by Pianos in New Y


- Chapter One (Album, Independent, 2005)
- Ducking and Diving (CD Single, 2 Feet, 2006)
- Farryl Purkiss (Album, 2 Feet, South African release Oct 2006)
- Fruitbats & Crows (Award-winning album, 2 Feet Music, South Africa 2009)
- Special Edition: Fruitbats & Crows (2 Feet Music, South Africa, 2011)