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Gary Beals

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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 mover and shaker, Farley Flex.

Flex immediately teamed Gary up with 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, released August 17 of this year, showcases Gary's amazing vocal and songwriting talents, debuting at the #10 slot on Canadian sales charts. The first single released from the album, Summer Nights, enjoys a lot of play on stations across the country, and the accompanying video's rotation on MuchMoreMusic and MuchVibe reached the coveted Top Ten status with stunning speed.

Gary remembers a childhood heavily influenced by soul music. He grew up listening to such greats as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Lenny Williams. The influence of these soul masters, combined with his solidly gospel roots, define Gary's vocal tones, capturing the essence of an era when soul music penetrated your core and made you want to sing along.

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 the presiding president of the Provincial Baptist Youth Fellowship. It was in church that Gary first sang before an audience. When he was just 16, he and his brother Shawn formed the gospel group Light of Day. It was the beginning of a depth of faith and love of music that continues to this day.

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. With his first CD behind him, Gary is eager to resume touring both nationally and internationally, and as always, gives credit to God for his success.