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Reclusive bedroom-pop and basement-rock auteur Chancellorpink is long-time Pittsburgh vocalist, songwriter and modern rock musician Ray McLaughlin, who makes swirling, heart-rendered distortion and guitar-based indie rock and is also an attorney.

As a boy, McLaughlin culled music from his mom's record club collection, movie soundtracks like "The Graduate" and LPs from crooners like Tom Jones, Andy Williams, Noel Harrison. 45 singles from AM radio also made a mark, along with records cut from the backs of cereal boxes, like “Sugar, Sugar”, by The Archies. His first instrument was a play-by-number organ, where he used a songbook to learn Bacharach/David tunes. Then he sang grown-up words he didn’t understand yet into a tape recorder, until his mom finally bought him a guitar at age 12.

In 1986, after years of songwriting and home recording, McLaughlin joined Six Gun Jury, a popular alternative guitar rock band that played in the city of Pittsburgh, PA from 1986-1990. The band was comprised of cousins Mark Urbano (guitar) and Ray McLaughlin (vocals), along with Jim Perry (drums) and Buddy B. (bass).

In 1987, Six Gun Jury's songs "All Alone in Rock 'n Roll" and "Chancellor Pink" both finished in the Top 50 songs of the year on WPTS (University of Pittsburgh radio). In 1988, their song "Climb the Scene" was in regular rotation on WXXP, Pittsburgh's most influential and best loved commercial alternative radio station. In 1989, Six Gun Jury's only official album, their debut "Res Ipsa Loquitur", earned the band 2 nominations at the 1989 In Pittsburgh Music Awards (Album of the Year, Best New Band). Six Gun Jury broke up in 1990, as McLaughlin began his legal career as an attorney.

In 2006, McLaughlin forged the solo project Chancellorpink, releasing his eponymous debut album, and the album’s first single, “Annajo”, received regular rotation airplay on St. Louis underground internet radio giant 3WK. 2007 brought the Chancellorpink album Darkrazor, with hit “Lock Me Up” excelling on college airways like Chicago’s WZRD, which lauded the “use of atmospherics” and “palette of tinny distorted glazes to evoke a fragile vulnerability.”

Chancellorpink continued recording literate, clever and passionate songs, releasing Valentine Parade in 2008, which gave airplay to single “Unfinished Valentine”, an album David Cowling of Americana UK called “an amalgam of David Bowie, Scott Walker and Stephin Merritt.” 2009 brought Life Like Sad Music, with radio hits “Muster” and “Walk on Water”, and Jonathan Leonard, of Leonard’s Lair, wrote, “Now more than ever, McLaughlin is heading towards the sinister but tuneful territory of Babybird and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti; There’s that same sense of reclusive pop genius at work here." While TC, of the UK’s God is in the TV, compared Chancellorpink’s “endearing appeal” and “dreamy and laidback sound” to David Bowie, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

In February 2019, McLaughlin released his first Chancellorpink album in 10 years, All of Them Monsters, named after the book (“All of Them Witches”) the character of Hutch gives Rosemary in Roman Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby”. The album’s first single was “A Rainbow’s Knocking”, one of Chancellorpink’s few love songs of legitimate optimism.