We live in a world of constant change, and music changes along with it, serving as the soundtrack to our lives while we figure things out. Music is a reaction to the past as well as the present, and it attempts to guide us into the future. The last decade has brought a lot of changes to the way we find, listen to and acquire music, but one thing remains constant: humanity’s love of honest and real music, created and performed with integrity, heart and vision. This is the foundation of singer/songwriter, Gary Melvin, and the music he creates.
Born and raised in sunny California, Gary has spent the better part of his life with a guitar in his hands. What started as a curious interest in music blossomed into a life-passion for it, leading him through years of determined and accomplished study and training, as well as several years as a professional musician in Los Angeles. Those years included touring Guam, Korea and Japan, and also included four years touring the U.S. playing guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Along the way, Gary became a part of numerous bands and projects creating and recording original music, until late 2007 when he wrote and recorded his first solo album: “Spare Time.” Made almost completely by himself, Melvin sought to find his voice as a singer and songwriter with “Spare Time.” Focused on allowing the songs to evolve naturally and organically, the album flows without the aid of trends or gimmicks, sparking this comment from journalist, Stephen Ivory: “As a lyricist, Melvin is smart and sensitive; as a vocalist, he is clear and expressive, and as a guitarist he simply blazes… Spare Time is every note the auspicious debut. It only gets better from here.”
And things did continue for Gary Melvin. Not one to stay in only one arena, Gary teamed up with artist and producer, Brett Boyett, writing and recording a song called “Taking Over Me,” which has been featured on several episodes of the most popular and successful soap opera of all time, “The Young and the Restless.” The song, simple yet beautiful, garnered immediate attention and praise, and further showcased Melvin’s ability to perform a wide variety of song styles, leaving the realm of one-trick-ponies and entering the world of song crafters.
Before long, music chose to speak through Melvin once again, inspiring him to begin work on another album of his own. Surrendering to creativity, songs began to flow out as if they were writing themselves. Within a short time, twelve tracks were written, destined to form a powerful and truthful sophomore record. Named for the theme that runs throughout, “Trust” speaks to the heart of people from all walks of life, revealing the connection between us all. The songs acknowledge our faults, while providing hope in our strengths. “Trust” is memorable and indelible music with lyrical and conceptual weight and fortitude, sure to grab ears and audiences in droves.
But this is not the end of the story. If Melvin’s past is any inclination to his future, expect to be hearing much more about this humble servant of music. We will always need honest, real music, and Gary Melvin will always need to create it.