In the summer of 2003, millions of viewers across the country tuned in to
Canada's most popular TV show to cast their vote for singer Gary Beals. His
uniquely soulful renditions of pop classics such as Sarah McLachlan's Angel
and Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed captured the hearts of the nation - and the
attention of industry manager and producer, Farley Flex.
Flex immediately teamed Gary up with a team of acclaimed producers and hit
makers, including multiple Juno Award winner Orin Isaacs and international
multi-platinum producer Marcus Kane. The resulting self-titled debut CD
showcases Gary's amazing voice and song writing skills. The first single,
Summer Nights, was played at stations across the country, and the
accompanying videos' rotation at MuchMoreMusic and MuchVibe helped to launch
Gary Beals into the Top Ten.
Born and raised in Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia, Gary graduated from Auburn
Drive High School, is an active member of the Cherry Brook United Baptist
Church and president of the Provincial Baptist Youth Fellowship. It was at
church that Gary first sang to an audience, and where he and his brother
Shawn formed the gospel group Light of Day.
Gary remembers a childhood heavily influenced by soul music: he grew up
listening to greats like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Lenny
Williams. The influence of these soul masters, combined with his gospel
roots, define Gary's music, capturing the essence of an era when soul music
penetrated your core and made you sing along. It was the beginning of a
faith and love of music that continues to this day.
Not one to forget his roots or the people who helped him succeed, Gary
penned a track on his new CD called Thank You specifically to show his
appreciation to the millions of fans who have overwhelmingly supported his
music and helped to drive his CD up the charts.
Gary is still heavily involved in the communities he touches: he recently
participated in the "Drop the Chrome" campaign as a member of the Peace
Prophets, recording a single speaking out against gun violence. Produced by
Marcus Kane, the song was played on radio stations across Canada. Gary is
eager to continue touring nationally and internationally, and as always,
gives credit to God for his success.