Greg Wyard
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Greg Wyard

| Established. Jan 01, 1996 | SELF

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Greg Wyard @ The Black Dog Pub

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

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"CD Review: Greg Wyard “Encore”"

This effort has it all – great performances, lyrics, arrangements and a crisp sound reminiscent of great bands like Crowded House. It’s clear Greg put a lot of effort into this release, and the efforts show... All in all, this is a fantastic record for those who like singer/songwriter type projects and in my opinion, Wyard’s best work to date. He is currently getting rave reviews on his tour in Norway, and I’m almost positive North American audiences will feel the same way about his new album and performances. - My Freakin Ears


"Something I made up - review"

The second album by this Toronto-area band is a perfect compliment to the understated, intelligent melodic pop of singer/songwriters such as Michael Penn and Neil Finn. While most of the first half of the album is fairly solid and radio friendly, songs like "A Likely Story" and "I Get That All the Time" tend to veer toward the slightly harder, rockier sound of Canadian rockers the Odds . The band appears to hit pay dirt during the latter half with more introspective and catchy tunes. A gem such as "Just Be You," with its infectious, yet quirky, Beatles backbeat is surpassed only by "Few and Far Between," a tender, acoustic-tinged ballad. Perhaps hard to find, but hard to pass by upon listening. — Jason MacNeil - All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)


"The First - CD Review"

There's nothing like a killer hook to pull you out of a dark day, and there's been a few of those lately. Ottawa's Greg Wyard (alongside the occasional co-conspirator) writes impeccably crafted pop tunes in the vein of Squeeze or Crowded House - the kind of grown-up tunes that leave you humming the chorus and feeling good knowing that there's more to the current crop of male musicians than Ricky Martin and Kid Rock. The First has a full sound, polished without being slick, and includes a wide range of instruments: Hammond B3, piano, sax, trombone and luxurious strings. The uptempo songs shift in style from the Argy Bargy-ness of "Nothing left to the Imagination" to the Stax feel of "Let Your Hair Down," but Wyard maintains strong melodies on weepers like "Looking In From the Outside" and the sweet title track. Wonderful. (Greg Wyard plays tonight at C'est What?)
- ERIN HAWKINS
- Eye Magazine, Toronto


"Greg Wyard"

If your goal is to graduate from the University of Melodic Pop-Rock, the professors you want to study with are obvious: The Beatles, of course, and other tune-scholars like Crowded House's Neil Finn. These are the melody-masters Greg Wyard has obviously been studying, and by the sound of things, he's been getting straight A's. Originally from southern England, Wyard moved to Ottawa as a teenager and has spent the past 20 years becoming a fixture on the local music scene. In 1995 he formed a band and released his debut CD, appropriately titled The First. Very favourable press and local radio airplay soon followed, with songs placing first and third respectively in Ottawa and Toronto radio station-sponsored songwriting competitions. Relocating to Toronto, Wyard released his second album, Something I Made Up, in the spring of 2001. Taking a page from Professor Neil Finn's text, Wyard excels in writing melodies that are extremely catchy, yet sound completely natural amidst some wonderfully wily song structures, as found on the lead-off track, "Leave It Like That" and "Ready To Come Back Home". For Wyard, melody is king. "It's always the first thing when I'm working on songs," he says. "Usually the words come last, and it's usually just something that sounds like it fits the melody." No doubt he's heard all the puns: "Wyard for sound", "A Wyard World", etc. But that's okay, because now he can call himself Greg Wyard, TS.d. -- Doctor of Tunesmithology.
- Canadian Musician Magazine


"A Conversation with Greg Wyard"

As a songwriter, as a musician, and as a human being, Greg Wyard is top shelf. What’s more, he’s a master at crafting great love songs himself. Greg wrote one called “The First” that moves me beyond belief. - Not In Hall Of Fame


Discography

The First - released 1998

Something I made up - released 2001

Encore - released 2014

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Bio

Greg Wyard is a quadruple threat - a singer, a songwriter and a guitar and bass player - who has been doing all four from the age of 10. Since moving from his native England when he was 13, he has earned a reputation around Toronto as a solid solo performer, received a music degree from McGill University, and released two original CDs from which his songs "Something I made up" and "What are you trying to prove" both placed in the Standard Radio National songwriting competition. His collaboration with filmmaker Marc Morgenstern and lyricist Len Sussman for the song "What makes a man", gave him a Platinum award at Houston's World West in 2007.

Unapologetically melodic in his writing, Greg's songs can't escape the influences of the music that shaped him - The Beatles, Crowded House, Squeeze - and he loves to write pop songs that surprise you with intricate little guitar lines here or an unexpected key change there.

In June 2014, Greg released his third CD entitled "Encore" to a great response at Toronto's "Hugh's Room" at a release party hosted by his good friend Jeanne Beker. He is currently busy promoting his new release and booking festival dates over the upcoming summer season.

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