Gary Allan Images from www.CMT.com Mini-Bio and Listening Guide Accompaniment to Gary Allan Paper by Emily Briggs Music 1010-052 Spring 2014
Career Beginnings • Allan began performing early, at only 13 years old. • For his father’s band • Later with his own band, The Honky TonkWranglers. • He was encouraged by both parents and industry scouts. • First album recorded in 1996 with Decca Records. • Switched to MCA in 1999 for his 3rd album.
Inspiration • Allan co-writes much of his music and is inspired by “real” life situations and feelings. • He views “pop” music as fun and carefree whereas country, in his view, tends to be focused on everyday life including commitment, love, sorrow, and the simple joys in average life. • Allan’s wife, Angela, died, tragically, after shooting herself in their home. • Angela suffered from severe, untreated depression. • Allan’s music has been signi- ficantlyinfluenced by her death. Image from www.CMT.com
Process • Allan, very purposefully, dedicates time for writing and producing ideas. • He prefers an open and honest atmosphere in order to get the best quality music possible. • He is willing to take criticism and suggestions from his partners in order to accomplish this most fully.
Albums Man to Man 1st#1 song (2002) It Would Be You See If I Care Used Heart for Sale Smoke Rings in the Dark 1st #1 Album (2005) Living Hard Get Off On The Pain Album covers from www.wikipedia.com
Watch Learning How to Bend Image from www.CMT.com