Jerry Gray was born in Toronto and is the only original and still continuing member of the Travellers Folk Song Group begun in 1952.
His career with the Travellers included 16 LP recordings, and 7 CD reissues, 85 television appearances, 4 TV specials and a 2000 NFB documentary on the group. Public appearances include command performances for Queen Elizabeth and the Emperor of Japan, and tours of Germany, Cyprus, Panama, Great Britain (including a show at the London Palladium), a one month tour of the Soviet Union, and many U.S. and Canadian dates with Theo Bikel, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Harry Belefonte, Buffy Ste Marie and Judy Collins, and many other folk luminaries.
For the past 15 years, Jerry, in addition to his performance schedule, has been doing “Performance Lecture” series at Canadian and U.S. universities on topics as varied as folk and protest music over the past 100 years, and “From Shtetl, thru Statehood and to America” a musically illustrated series shoing the travels of Yiddish gezang.
In 2001, Jerry was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Canadian Branch of The American Federation of Musicians. In 2009, he was awarded a Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award by the Ontario Federation of Labour for support of labour causes. In 2010, he was nominated by Pete Seeger and others to be the recipient of the “Joe Hill Award”, again for lifetime achievement contributions to labour. Jerry became the first non-American to wind this award given annually by the AFL/CIO.