Andy Garrett's interest in music began at age 9 when he won a school competition to conduct the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. He then took up the guitar at age 10, wrote his first song at age 13, and began teaching professionally at age 16 for the Palmer School of Music. At age 17, he began playing live in various musical ensembles both at school and in his own locally formed bands. At age 22 he then wrote, recorded, and produced his first EP with the band Horizon. They performed at many live shows and went on to back up such acts as Black Oak Arkansas and Rare Earth. Shortly after this, Andy landed a job at a major guitar-string company (Dean Markley/American Winding) as their exclusive string-tester, which landed him in Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. He also got a degree as an Honor Graduate in Recording Engineering through AIA and started an independent record label called GBMF RECORDS with his brother, Jeff Garrett, in 1994 to release promo tapes and CD-R's of his music throughout the world. In 2004; Andy's first Interactive Instructional Guitar CD-ROM was released through the best guitar site on the internet "Chops From Hell" demonstrating 200 of his favorite licks, musical sequences, and advanced techniques. Andy continues to release demos of his Rock and Shred Metal music through "GBMF Records", while also persuing a new interest in Flatpicking Bluegrass Guitar through his new label "YOG Records".
Currently, Andy has released his very first official all acoustic traditional Bluegrass Guitar CD entitled “Andy Garrett – Live at the Back Porch”, which features his most amazing guitar work to date! He now resides in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area; and plans to make connections with other artists/bands in Nashville along with many other surrounding areas. Watch for more exciting updates to come, soon!!!!