Music has always been a part of Greg Hager’s life. He wrote his first song and learned to play guitar at the age of seven and has been playing, singing, and writing ever since. While growing up, his family regularly traveled putting on gospel music shows. Hager says, “All five of us sang and/or played an instrument. We always had a keyboard, a couple of guitars, a bass, banjo, trombone, trumpet, or flute along to support the songs that we sang as a family.”
The first song that he wrote was about his favorite show at the time…The Dukes of Hazzard. Oh, how the times have changed! Since that time, so many new songs have been written.
Growing up on a grain and dairy farm near Valley City, ND is one of the experiences that he says he cherishes the most about his life. Times seemed simpler then, and the hundreds of acres that he had available around his farmstead was the greatest playground that any boy could ask for. However, like all childhood experiences, they now exist only in memories, photographs, and daydreams.
Cowboys, cattle, and farming have shaped the music that Hager writes. He averages about 100 concerts each year in the region, and regularly performs his original western and country music at Rodeos, Fairs, Festivals, and feature concerts.
He has been twice nominated as the Western Artist of the Year with the Academy Of Western Artists. He says that he “sings stories about love, life, and living – experiences common to us all.”
When Greg graduated from high school, he put himself through college as a member of a traveling public relations gospel singing group.
He says that he has discovered through observation and experience that almost all people want the same things. “It seems that there exists for most people the life they live and the life they wish they lived. And, unfortunately, the two are almost always separated.” In many ways his life and experiences are the same as yours. And so, the songs he writes and sings are really your songs too. The raw emotions of tragedy, happiness, and success are cleverly captured. He sings the stories of the people around him, about the times that were, and the times that are yet to come.
I guess you could say that his songs are about “love, life, and living.”
Hager has been influenced by great story-tellers like John Denver, Roger Whittaker, Gordon Lightfoot, and many others. His style is described along the lines of what Country and Western music used to be before all of the Pop influences. Easy-going, melodic, and clever.
Greg Hager looks forward to the times that are shared together as he travel down the road of life. Life is a ride!!!
Hager is a Nashville produced musician who has recorded seven CD’s of 100% original music.
Connect with him at www.greghager.com