Gary Patrick is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist from North East Texas. He was raised in a music rich environment and started playing guitar at eight years old. At eighteen, Gary found himself in Sunny Southern California, where he started his full time music career, playing bars up and down the Orange County Coastline.
What first got you into music?
I was raised in a house full of music. Between my parents and three siblings, there was non-stop music being played. My older brother had a guitar and taught me a few chords. It was something that really resonated with me. My parents could really see how I connected with it, so they helped to cultivate music in my life.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would say that my music is a reflection of all my favorite Genres and Artists that I’ve loved throughout my life. Not that I attempt to create a song like any certain artist, rather than it’s just in my DNA and I can now see little influences that come to light as I write and record songs.
What is your creative process like?
Song ideas can come from many forms of inspiration. A chorus lyric may fall out of the sky while I’m driving, or I can hear a line from a movie and it inspires me. Life is research and development for me as a writer. Sometimes a song starts with a riff on the guitar. I’ve been co-writing songs now for almost 20 years. Co-writing has been one of the best things to ever happen for my writing skills. It’s taught me to be much more objective and less emotional about the writing process.
Where was your current project recorded?
My last four albums were recorded and produced by Chad Mauldin at the famous KSIJ radio studio in Gladewater, TX. KSIJ is a Texas historic radio studio built in 1949. During the Louisiana Hay Ride Tours, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis and Johnny Cash all recorded at the famous KSIJ studio. Johnny’s boot scuff marks are still on the wall in the vocal isolation booth along with Jerry’s signature on the wall.
If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to the next musical generation, what would it be?
Be Authentic. Always be objective in your songwriting. Learn how to edit and co write. Learn to take criticism and always work on your craft of singing and playing your instrument. Be realistic with expectations and learn the business side of music. Educate yourself on how to release and promote your music after you record it.
If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself?
Don’t take yourself so seriously!
Gary Patrick Releases Sixth Album
His new album is called “High to Ride” and incorporates an element of his love for the coastal lifestyle. He’s already released the titled track to radio and digital platforms. Last week “High to Ride” made it #11 on the top most downloaded songs for Nashville CDX. Patrick says, “The song is about finding something in life to inspire you, a reason to get out of bed each day and go make things happen in the world.”
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