“I think my work is to sculpt musical ideas – focusing on the essential parts, so the feeling comes through powerfully and connects with the listener. If you keep it true, people respond.”
A talented multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and mix engineer, it was during his college years at University of Pennsylvania, where Gary was spending as much time sitting in with local bands as studying, that he realized his life would follow a musical path. This path soon led to a life as a touring musician and shared stages with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent and Deep Purple.
Touring led Gary to New York, where he quickly found himself in studios playing guitar and bass for artists both up-and-coming and legendary, including Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, and Arrested Development. Many of these tracks have found placements on albums such as the Orange County soundtrack, the Super Size Me soundtrack and the Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack and on national commercials for clients such as Verizon and Budweiser.
New York session work soon plunged Gary into production and writing. He co- produced, with the PopRox production team (Sam Hollander, Dave Schommer), Michael Tolcher’s debut album for Octone/J Records, which featured ?uestlove and Warren Haynes, cuts from which were heard on Scrubs (NBC), Life As We Know It (ABC) and the feature film Wedding Crashers.
Since then Gary’s produced more than 15 Billboard Top 10 albums including the Kidz Bop series (which has yielded just as many #1 albums on the Children’s chart) and a cut on the Now That’s What I Call Music series with indie-rockers Born Cages. His original songs and compositions have been featured on TV in diverse settings – from Late Night with David Letterman to Pretty Little Liars, from The Hills to So You Think You Can Dance?, from Pawn Stars to NFL Football, an international Heinz ad campaign and many more.
“I’ve been very fortunate thus far; creatively, I’ve been able to work on a very diverse range of projects, with a diverse range of people. There are so many aspects to making music and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to explore them all.”