Gary grew up listening to pop music of the 1960's and 70's and was heavily influenced by great pop melodies. After learning how to play the guitar at age 12, Gary wrote his first song when he was just 13 years old. He has been performing since he was 15 and has been playing in professional club bands since the 1980's as well as many years of experience performing at various music events and fundraisers, outdoor festivals, weddings and has opened for artists such as Molly Hatchet and Blue Oyster Cult.
Gary's songwriting influences include Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, and classic rock bands like Boston and Supertramp. Gary currently performs with the Lansing, Michigan based band 'Updraft', who released their debut CD in 2010, which features mostly songs he wrote or co-wrote.