Kerry Gilbert

Country, Rock Vocals

Born: Franklin Co., AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KERRY WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RUSSELLVILLE, AL. THE SON OF A CHURCH OF CHRIST MINISTER, KERRY GREW UP SINGING IN THE CHURCH. HE DEVELOPED HIS KEEN EAR FOR HARMONY THERE. HIS GREATEST JOY WAS GETTING TOGETHER WITH HIS FAMILY AND SINGING GOSPEL TUNES. HIS SISTER AND TWO BROTHERS ALL HAD THE ABILITY, AS WELL, TO HEAR HARMONIES, AND SING THEM WELL. HIS FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO HIM, SECOND TO HIS RELATIONSHIP TO GOD.

KERRY REMEMBERS, AS A CHILD, GOING PLACES WITH HIS PARENTS, RIDING IN THE BACK SEAT, LISTENING TO 8-TRACK TAPES OF THE STATLER BROTHERS AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS. HE WOULD SING THE BASS PARTS, TRYING TO COPY THEM AS BEST AS HIS YOUNG VOICE WOULD ALLOW. HE WAS SINGING BASS, AT A VERY EARLY AGE. HE STATES, " I GUESS I WAS HITTING SOME OF THOSE BASS NOTES AROUND THE AGE OF 11.  HE ALWAYS DREAMED OF ONE DAY, SINGING WITH THE OAK RIDGE BOYS.

HE STARTED  PLAYING THE PIANO IN THE SECOND GRADE.  HE WISHES NOW HE  HAD LISTENED TO HIS MOTHER, AND PRACTICED THE PIANO MORE.  HE GOT A LITTLE OLDER, STARTED PLAYING FOOTBALL AND WATCHING GIRLS, LEAVING THE PIANO BEHIND AFTER THE EIGHTH GRADE. AS HE ENTERED HIGH SCHOOL, HE AND A COUPLE OF FRIENDS STARTED A TRIO, SINGING THE GATLIN BROS. AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS' SONGS ACCAPELA.

THIS INSPIRED HIM SO MUCH, THAT WHEN THEY GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, THEY DECIDED TO CONTINUE SINGING TOGETHER, AND FORMED A QUARTET. THEY CALLED THEMSELVES MOUNTAIN BREEZE. THIS WAS THE SUMMER OF 1985. THEY BEGAN PLAYING FUNDRAISERS AND LOCAL EVENTS. AND BEFORE LONG, THEY DEVELOPED QUITE A FOLLOWING. MOUNTAIN BREEZE TRAVELED WITH A FOUR PIECE BAND, PLAYING MOSTLY IN ALABAMA, TENNESSEE, AND MISSISSIPPI. THEY DID THE FAIR CIRCUITS, AND HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THE OPENING ACT FOR NUMEROUS WELL KNOWN MAJOR RECORDING ARTISTS, INCLUDING GEORGE STRAIT.

AFTER TAKING A YEAR OFF,IN 1992, KERRY COULDN'T STAND IT ANYMORE. HE WAS MISSING THE MUSIC BUSINESS. IT WAS IN HIS BLOOD.

HE FELT THAT HE NEEDED TO BE SINGING AGAIN. SO HE GOT HIS CONTACT BOOK OUT, AND STARTED WHERE HE LEFT OFF. HE BEGAN TO BOOK CONVENTIONS, WEDDING RECEPTIONS, AND LOCAL EVENTS.

THIS TIME, HE WANTED SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. AS OPPOSED TO THE EIGHT PIECE BAND ( FOUR SINGERS AND FOUR PICKERS), THAT HE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO, HE DECIDED TO PUT TOGETHER A SELF-CONTAINED GROUP, HAVING ONLY FIVE MUSICIANS AND EACH OF THEM CONTRIBUTING TO THE VOCAL HARMONIES. KERRY PICKED UP THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND TAUGHT HIMSELF HOW TO PLAY. IT PROVED TO BE A GREAT EFFORT, HAVING A SMALLER BAND.

AND AFTER HAVING THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH SOME OF THE SHOALS AREAS GREATEST MUSICIANS, KERRY FEELS THAT HE HAS FINALLY FOUND THE RIGHT COMBINATION.

"THIS BAND WE HAVE NOW, IS THE BEST COLLECTION OF MUSICIANS THAT I HAVE EVER WORKED WITH", HE STATES. KERRY IS AMAZED AT HOW GOOD THE ATTITUDE OF THIS BAND IS. HE SAYS THAT THESE GUYS ARE LIKE FAMILY TO HIM. "I REALLY DO LOVE THESE GUYS. I HAVE WORKED WITH WELL OVER 100 MUSICIANS, SINCE 1985, AND I HAVE SHARED THE STAGE WITH SOME VERY HIGHLY RESPECTED PICKERS. BUT THIS COMBINATION WORKS FOR US", HE ADDS.

KERRY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE WITH THIS BAND, THE KGB.

Source: http://www.kerrygilbertband.com/bio.htm

http://www.myspace.com/kgband

 

The Song Remembers When

Listen: http://www.emusic.com/label/Kerry-Gilbert-CD-Baby-MP3-Download/442096.html

 

Muscle Shoals’ Kerry Gilbert, reflects on the past, with his debut solo album, 'The Song Remembers When'

 

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Kerry Gilbert, leader of the Kerry Gilbert Band (KGB), is celebrating the release of his first solo album, The Song Remembers When, a 13-song collection, emphasizing lyrics and Gilbert’s vocals.

'The Song Remembers When' is a "stripped-down, laid back, easy listening album that reflects back on songs that have special meaning to me. I want the listener to feel my voice in each and every song,” said Gilbert, who has been performing in northwest Alabama since 1985.

The album not only includes songs covered by some of Nashville’s most recognizable performers, but also includes three original songs written by well-known Shoals area songwriters. The first original track is written by Muscle Shoals hit songwriter Billy Lawson (“Her”); the second original track is written by guitarist and instrument maker Hugh Banks (“Because You Love Me”) and the third is written by Russellville native and president of Crestwood Flash Entertainment, songwriter-producer, Eddie Martin. Martin produced Gilbert’s album at Brian and Luke Waldon’s B&L Studios in the Shoals area. Martin and Gilbert then mixed the album with Daniel Beard at his studio in Harvest.

The title cut was written by Nashville songwriter Hugh Prestwood and originally recorded by Trisha Yearwood. Prestwood also penned Gilbert’s version of “Ghost In This House,” which was originally recorded by Muscle Shoals band Shenandoah. Gilbert includes covers of Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Other songs are Paul Davis’ “I Go Crazy,” Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again,” Conway Twitty’s “Crazy In Love,”(also written by Muscle Shoals native, Randy McCormick), Ray Price’s “For The Good Times” and Dan Seals’ “One Friend.” He caps off the album with “Amanda,” which was recorded earlier by Don Williams and Waylon Jennings.

Gilbert, a bass singer, formed Mountain Breeze with former Russellville High School classmates at Northwest Alabama State Junior College in Phil Campbell in 1985. The following year the group released In Dixie. The group competed on The Nashville Network’s You Can Be A Star. The group dissolved in 1991.

Gilbert formed KGB (The Kerry Gilbert Band) in 1992. The band is working on an album of original music and they hope to release by late 2010.

Source: http://www.digstation.com/ArtistDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000049311

 

 

 

 

 

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