papaGG is originally from Upstate New York (Utica). papaGG has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old and still has that guitar.
Check out papaGG at www.reverbnation.com/thepapaGGband
He learned the instrument from playing at Catholic Folk Masses each and every Sunday during his Catholic grammar school years.
Early influences were the Dave Clark Five, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. In high school papaGG continued to play lots of music: Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Bread and the Eagles. In his senior year he joined a band (Kidd) and new influences arose: Ted Nugent, Kiss, Alice Cooper and more. More years went by and more bands too.
He moved to Phoenix in 1996 and restarted playing music when he met his beautiful wife Tiffany, who with some other close friends bought him his 1st Martin Guitar. He still uses that guitar at gigs today. In 2004 papaGG starting playing live again at “the Wineburger” almost monthly with first Tiffany at his side, then later his good friend, Uday Walli. Current influences are Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Hawaiian Slack Key music and Ricky Skaggs (yes, bluegrass). He has grown his musical arsenal to include playing: Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukulele and Bass.
papaGG performs Children’s music and contemporary Christian Songs/Videos, Spiritual music. The 1st album is named "Songs for a Practical Day". It is now available for purchase on CDBaby, iTunes, Rhapsody, or on his website (www.papaGG.com). This music features songs that teach children: the days of the week, continents, months of the year and more! This album has been written with good friends, Tara Mott and Danielle McEuen (AMI Certified Montessori Educators) who provided the content and direction to make the music appropriate to use in any classroom setting.
papaGG is also working on three other musical projects:
1. Montessori Moms Music, working with Barbara’s school teachers (and friends) Tara Mott and Danielle McEuen (AMI Certified Montessori Educators), the music (CD’s and Videos) created will fill schools (both Montessori and public) with songs, poems, classical guitar songs (featuring Ed Sipos), meditation music and more which will be used in the classroom setting around the world! http://www.montessorimomsmusic.com/
2. Copper Skies with Ed Mendoza Like an unforgettable Arizona sunset, Copper Skies strives to play the songs from the 60's through the present that bring back great memories. Music that we all love to listen to or sing along to. The material is ageless like fine wine, as classic as rock and roll was meant to be, reproduced for your enjoyment by a duet with energy, great harmonies and a desire to entertain. www.CopperSkies.us
3. Peace and Mind, a collection of songs created for meditation available soon for download or purchase. This is quiet, spiritual music to calm you and energize you.