Stacy Kray

Stacy Kray

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

small tornadoes eating clouds . . .

Biography

Picture PJ Harvey and Suzanne Vega collaborating with Jean-Paul Sartre and Franz Kafka and you'll get a good idea of the landscape unearthed on Stacy Kray’s My Last Eye. Hard-edged but melodic, Kray’s music is “perfectly balanced, yet has plenty of character” (Performer Magazine).

The music explores relationships, but not just human relationships. “We all have our relationships with the inanimate too –time, guilt, love, justice, etc. These connections frame our bonds with people-- in fact, if we are not careful, they can become the focal point. A missed appointment, a penny on the street, a slight turn of the head. All of these can cause love to rush in or flee, depending on circumstance. I like getting lost in this maze. Usually, I don’t find my way back out..”

My Last Eye features Stacy’s songs, vocals and guitars, with Jon Evans (Tori Amos) on bass, Todd Roper (Cake, Chuck Prophet, Sean Hayes) on drums and Yair Evnine (Spencer Day) on lead guitar and cello. It was recorded and engineered by former Warner Brothers artist, engineer and mixer Mikael Johnston (Smashmouth, the Sounds, Jane’s Addiction), and mastered by Emily Lazar and Sarah Register (David Bowie, Garbage, Natalie Merchant).

Stacy has released two music videos for "My Last Eye." The video for "Someday" was inspired by Hitchcock's "Vertigo." Filmed on the 50th anniversary of the movie’s release, it features some of the San Francisco landmarks Hitchcock used in his film. The video for "Big Bad Wolf" (which has been featured on Fuse TV) was filmed in a heart-stoppingly beautiful forest. It peers into the entwined fate of man and beast, and casts Stacy opposite an enchanted artic wolf.

Stacy is a KFOG Radio Local Scene Artist, and has performed live on radio, including on the KFOG morning show and podcast series. Her songs "Hot & Cold and "Someday" have received radio airplay.

Stacy is an award-winning member of the West Coast Songwriters Association, a voting member of NARAS, a member of the San Francisco Songwriters Coalition, and a past Sonicbids Spotlight Artist.

In 2010, Stacy formed the band ACTION at a DISTANCE with Yair Evnine, who lives in New York City. ACTION at a DISTANCE, which writes and records primarily via the spooky action of the internet, will release its first EP on August 28th, 2010. The band was featured in an artist spotlight in Billboard Magazine's August 7, 2010 issue. Two of the songs on the EP have won West Coast Songwriters awards. For more information, visit the ACTION at a DISTANCE website (link below.)

Stacy’s work also appears on a compilation album she produced. “They Traded The World,” a song about the events of September 11, won a West Coast Songwriter’s Association award, and inspired Stacy to organize The Canvas Remembers September 11, a benefit concert and CD underwritten by Discmakers and CD Baby. The benefit featured songs, poems and art by California artists inspired by the events of September 11. All proceeds from CD sales are donated to two charities in NYC that provide music education and therapy to children.

Lyrics

An Easy Peace

Written By: Stacy Kray

fire met her eyes the night she picked that fight
licked his wound and smiled, sinking that first bite
she’d been growing frantic in his static hand
gradually abandoned the plan

I was stuck in traffic when they broke the news
woke to find she’d fallen for a comic book ruse
they were singing glorias on the radio
celebrating the dues I owe
telling me, I’d been let go
well maybe I just wanted a tow

an easy peace, what she held before
heal me, to my rotted core
with the thunder of beating drums
throw me back to where I’m from
an easy peace

shadow took a turn while she erased the day
circling to find a waif half-turned away
all she saw was blindness in the universe
uplifted paw unleashed a curse
pushing her, she’d been set free
but maybe she just needed belief

an easy peace, what she held before
heal me, to my rotted core
with the thunder of beating drums
throw me back to where I’m from
an easy peace

peace, it seemed so easy
just close the route to doubt
but she could never see
the light in what he said was right

an easy peace, what she held before
heal me, to my rotted core
with the thunder of beating drums
throw me back to where I’m from
an easy peace . . . heal me . . . release . . . me

Hot & Cold

Written By: Stacy Kray

at high noon you are cherishing me
while the sky unfolds
but by one you are burying me
six feet down below

hot and cold, hot and cold
you run hot and cold

yesterday you found me irreplaceable
a kindred soul
now you’re slamming the door in my face again
here we go

hot and cold, hot and cold
you run hot and cold

and still I trust you, eat from your hand
but you are crushing what dares to land

boiling currents they churn and they turn
under ice and snow
alpine flowers sprout burnt by the sun
until nothing grows

hot and cold, hot and cold
you run hot and cold
you run hot and cold

and still I trust you, eat from your hand
but you are crushing what dares to land

you run hot and cold
you run hot and cold
you run hot and cold

Someday

Written By: Stacy Kray

you said there are some things better left unsaid
I said the unknown is all I really want to know
you dream her long and lean
picture perfect from a magazine
when she stops you on a rainy day
will you send her away

thinking someday we’ll have it all
and on that someday she will call
on that someday with all our problems solved
on that someday a house of cards will fall

they say there are some loves better left unloved
the way you hold my hand can be so underhanded
I paint her eyes in blazing green
will she raise her fists, will she make a scene
when she stops you on a rainy day
and demands a parade

thinking someday we’ll have it all
and on that someday she will call
on that someday with all our problems solved
on that someday a house of cards will fall

someday may come any day
or someday may be miles away
someday, this stupid game we play
will someday find us someday

and on that someday we’ll have it all
and on that someday she will call
on that someday with all our problems solved
on that someday, on that someday

someday. . .

Drugs From A Drive-Thru Lane

Written By: Stacy Kray

yeah, I knew the rules
but never thought you’d be so cruel
I heard the sirens, felt the pressure boiling over
but what did I see?
surely, that ain’t me

you say we’re not the same
as you lay on me the blame

drugs from a drive-thru lane
little pills to dull the pain
now I’m on t.v., wedding picture made the paper
they say I tried to run
slower than a gun

and you say we’re not the same
as you lay on me the blame

you found my fatal flaw
people can’t just break the law
you’d never stoop to put yourself in my position
but what about the time
you blow that stop sign

will he say “you’re all the same”
as he lays on you the blame?

Call Out The Cavalry

Written By: Stacy Kray

when I make my last stand
I will stake it on brilliant romance
I will give up everything
with a faith unwavering

so call out the cavalry
I’m coming through
and I’ll find a way
I will get to you

if I’m given only one wish
life’s riches I can resist
health and happiness I’d let go
for one moment just so you’d know

to call out the cavalry
I’m coming through
and I’ll find a way
I will get to you

when I have just one day
you will find me carried away
from my moorings I’d cut loose
leave a raft of petty excuse

so call out the cavalry
I’m coming through
and I’ll find a way
I will get to you

call out the cavalry
I’m coming through
and where there’s a will
there’s a way to you

Freeze

Written By: Stacy Kray

I could take you, I could waste you
but can’t eradicate you
you get me going, then you’re gone
if I watch you, then I’ve lost you
after all this I thought you’d
slow but you’re coming on so strong

your pulse is constant, mine weak and unstable
but I will be chasing you long as I’m able

I beg you to freeze, give me space to think
but you just tease, say it’s not space I need
as you undo what continues with you

I could save you, I could make you
I’d even celebrate you
but your direction is all wrong

when a minute sets the limit
the hare and tortoise can’t win
it’s you they’re racing all along

you’ve got some nerve though you’re heartless and empty
regardless of how fast I run you have been there already

I beg you to freeze, give me space to think
but you just tease, say it’s not space I need
as you undo what was new. . .

I want to turn you in- side out
I want to spin you round and round
I want to turn you in- side out
I want to spin you round and round and round and round and round
tick tock, unlock
tick tock, unlock
Chorus (shortened)/Outro
but you just tease, say it’s not space I need
as you undo
what continues with you . . .
what continues but you?

Big Bad Wolf

Written By: Stacy Kray

thought I heard a mockingbird
well, this might sound absurd
were you threatening me?
I’m dazzled by your charms
no need now for alarm
but I can’t guarantee . . .

there is war, war, war inside me
there is war, war, war inside me

put down the tea and cakes
drop your scarlet cape
and stay for a spell
we make a charming couple
the faithful fool and the ne’er-do-well

you’ll be warm, warm, warm beside me
you’ll be warm, warm, warm beside me

these hands, these hands
the best to hold you tight
keep you safe in the deepest, darkest night
these eyes, these eyes
though of a foreign hue
the best to look right through you
with this mouth, this mouth
I wear a frozen grin
but the best tinge of crimson

you’re in a war zone, a war zone
there’s no room to flee
so come on closer, get closer
and let me see
come on closer and closer
get next to me

if I’m an illness, you’re the cause
it’s you who got me lost
in polite fantasy
now that you can feel my breathing
our hearts can beat in harmony

and you are warm, warm, warm inside me
you are warm, warm, warm inside me

Avalon

Written By: Stacy Kray

I hear a whisper cross a field
and I trip in your heels
I hold your palm in my locket
when the calm comes stalking
ah, avalon

I catch your breath, regain my poise
I can’t remember your voice
when you told me I mattered
left alone doubts gather
ah, avalon

I shut the door but you can turn the key
I’ll wait it out if you just help me believe
show me something that I know is real
‘cause I’m looking for a sign

ten thousand knocks will rock the night
how I will savor daylight
my spirit breaks I am shaken
will you be there to wake me
ah, Avalon

I shut the door but you can turn the key
I’ll wait it out if you just help me believe
show me something that I know is real
‘cause I’m looking for a sign

won’t you ring my wind chimes
I’m a mess, it’s the least you can do
and blowing out this candle is more than I can handle
I’m restless, restless for you

I feel a chill lay down beside me
are the stars aligning?
ah, avalon

I shut the door but you can turn the key
I’ll wait it out if you just help me believe
show me something that I know is real
‘cause I’m looking for a sign

I shut the door but you can turn the key
I’ll wait it out if you just help me believe
show me something that I know is real
‘cause I’m feeling left behind

Tonight

Written By: Stacy Kray

what’s your hurry
are you worried
about the wonders you might miss
eyes unlocking
you’re fast talking
your aim is steady but your focus drifts

you could go anywhere
you could do anything
tomorrow
but you’re here with me tonight

long to wander
over yonder
marveling at the glitter and shine
you’re revolving
well, I’m calling
and what you pass will soon be out of line

I might go anywhere
I might do anything
tomorrow
but I’m here with you tonight

we’ll set the skies alight
tonight
I lie within your sight
but only tonight

you train your vision
on far flung missions
with all engines blazing
while you’re appraising
and calculating
I grow impatient

tonight
we’ll set the skies alight
tonight
I lie within your sight
tonight . . . . .
(I see morning, coming toward me; now it’s morning, and you fall from my view)

Discography

ACTION at a DISTANCE (EP) - release date 8.28.10

My Last Eye

KFOG Local Scene 4 (track #2, "Someday) (radio compilation of "exceptional" Bay Area musicians)

International Pop Overthrow Compilation CD

Broken Symmetry

The Canvas Remembers September 11
(compilation produced by Stacy Kray)

Set List

The full band can play two 45-minute sets consisting of songs from My Last Eye, as well as unreleased originals and a smattering of cover tunes.

Solo, 1-2 hours. We can also do acoustic sets with less than the full band.