Chris Murray was the leader of London, Ontario founded Canadian ska group King Apparatus. Upon that band's breakup he relocated to Los Angeles, California and emerged as a solo artist with the album The 4–Track Adventures Of Venice Shoreline Chris. Murray has pioneered a low–fi, intimate singer/songwriter approach to modern ska music. Co–writing and producing credits in various capacities appear on work from the Planet Smashers, the Slackers, Stubborn All–Stars and the Specials' Neville Staple.

Murray has also connected with a number of roots reggae pioneers, having collaborated with Laurel Aitken, Caribbean bandleader Carlos Malcolm, Jamaica's Prince Buster, Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett. Chris currently hosts the weekly ska and reggae concert series Bluebeat Lounge at Hollywood's Knitting Factory.