Garry Moore is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Garry is an extremely prolific artist, having penned over 400 songs since the age of 12 in the Urban, Pop, Soul and Gospel genres. We were therefore really happy when Garry agreed to complete a full feature interview for Essential Pop. Read on to find out about Garry’s musical background, what he’s currenty working on and what he’s hoping to achieve throughout the rest of 2011.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?
“Urban Pop Soul Gospel” with an old school twist! That’s how I define my style of music, because it is a combination of styles within those particular genre’s that had a major influence of me musically! You can also throw some Jazz and Rock in there too. I grew up listening to all of these styles of music almost everyday of my life! I didn’t just listen to music as a child, I became a student of music at an early age. I literally studied it and analyzed song over and over again. Notes, chords, melodies, riffs, sounds, harmonies, passion, feeling, delivery, lyrics, intros, bridges, endings, and so forth! All of the nuances I would dissect and pick a song apart until I knew it through and through!
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Music of power and inspiration, uplifting, full of hope! By an artist driven by passion to impact lives through music.
Q: What is your musical background?
Gospel, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Rock describes my musical background from age 6 to age 19. By that time my musical taste and style was pretty much shaped. I started singing before audiences at the age of nine ( 9 ) and playing the guitar at age ( 11 ) and I knew this was something that I wanted to do for life! Singing and playing brought me joy and a sense of total fulfillment. By age 12 I wrote my first song. I also played in many bands as a teenager, and recorded my first record at age 20 in Nashville Tennessee for H.S.E. Records. Opened up for Grammy award winning groups, performed concerts, and have made many recordings since then.
Q: How was 2010 for you? It was a good year.
TMG record label released my 3rd Cd album titled “Paradise” and that was a success. Many lives have been touched tremendously through that CD album. I hear testimonies all the time!
Q: Who inspires you musically?
The Holy Spirit basically! However, the artist that has inspired me the most would be Gospel music legend Andrae Crouch and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy. The secular group that has inspired me the most would be the legendary R&b Pop Jazz group Earth Wind & Fire. Also, whenever I hear a good song or beautiful melody, that inspires me as well!
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel, Anthony Evans, Mary Mary, and Marvin Sapp.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Yes, all of the above that I mentioned in the last question! All of these artists are phenomenal.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
None at the moment!
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
99% of the time the music comes to me first. A melody or a bass line. Secondly the chorus follows shortly after that, then the verses or bridge. The lyrics are usually last and quick because I get so excited as the song is being completed! In the studio I always lay down the music or the main rhythm section first ( Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano ) once I’ve got a good solid foundation I start building around the song. Sometimes I record a scratch lead vocal track as a guide, and for feeling how to play the rest of the musical parts in through the song! ( Certain riffs and melodies belong at certain points of the song ) you have to know how to construct a song. It should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. A song should always build and come to a climax as it progresses. I always have the vision of each song before I record it. I have all of the instrument parts programmed in my head while I’m writing the song! I hear the song in it’s completion before I even record it. For instance, on my new 2011 Cd “A Blessing For You” some of those songs were written 15 and 20 years ago, but they stayed in my head all this time. And I recorded them the way I first heard them in my head when I wrote them back then! I’ve written over 400 songs and I still remember them all enough to build on what I heard when I first wrote them and I don’t even read music! I absolutely “LOVE” the process of recording in the studio!!! (I live for it )
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Q: Where are you based?
Mt.. Vernon Illinois or MT.V for short.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I love it personally, it’s a small town of about 20,000 which I prefer over a town of 200,000 any day! I was born and raised in Mt. Vernon and I only moved away for a short time to live in California as I pursued a music career when I was age 18, but it didn’t work out as planned. I was young and ambitious, but too inexperienced to make it out west. I still had a lot of growing to do and I wasn’t ready yet, and this was not Gods plan for my life! So I moved back home disappointed, discouraged and crushed! But I held on to MY DREAM TO BE IN MUSIC!
Q: What are you currently working on?
Promoting my June 2011 CD titled “A Blessing For You” and a few concert dates… I’ll also be going back into the studio at the end of summer to start on my 2012 project which I am very excited about!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Singing on the same stage “Live” with “The Mighty Clouds Of Joy” in St. Louis, who I grew up listening to!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Reaching more people with my music, to impact and change lives around the world! I would also LOVE to win a Grammy, that’s my BIGGEST DREAM! Just to be nominated would be satisfying for me. Having your music recognized in such a way is one of the greatest rewards in the music business. I don’t do music for the purpose of winning a Grammy award. I make music because it is part of my purpose on earth while I am here. However, I can not deny that I would love to win a Grammy! I’ve dreamed of this since I was a teenager in my bed room writing songs and honing my skills for hours everyday as a singer and musician. Music has always been in my bloodstream. In a sense, my food, my drink, my air, my world and divine destiny!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m waiting on a gig in Hollywood that’s in the making. which will lead to other gigs on the west coast. That’s all so far this year! My focus is more on promoting my new Cd online, on radio and on T.V right now! I decided to be more hands on in the promoting and marketing of this new CD this time. I want the world to hear the message in the music that God has given me. People are looking for hope in these tough times!
Q: What do you do to relax?
Listen to a lot of music! It never ends for me, I can’t escape it! It is my work and my pleasure, it is my life! Just as teaching the word of God is to my congregation! I am a pastor also ( for 14 years ) and I love what I do. Shaping lives for eternity! “THAT’S WHAT I DO”
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I am also the author of 2 books entitled “Designed To Make Me Stronger” and “Thirsty!” A 3rd book is in the making! Titled “Faith Race”
Editor’s Note: Garry Moore draws on his profound love of music to create uplifting and meaningful tracks. Definitely one of Essential Pop’s “Ones to Watch”.
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