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Gary Roberts is a gifted vocalist, songwriter, and live performer. He has been singing since he could walk and talk but got his start in music as a drummer in middle school when he, his brother, and a few friends decided to put a band together. He picked up his brother's guitar and realized he had musical ability beyond singing and keeping a beat. He wrote his first song at the age of 15, a song titled "You're On My Mind", to help him deal with the struggling and distant relationship between him and his father. It became an even more emotional song upon the sudden death of Gary's father on his 21st birthday. He was attending East Tennessee State University on a vocal scholarship at that time, he withdrew from classes shortly after to move to Nashville and pursue the "Dream". He met his wife Kristie about that time, both young and afraid, in a strange new place with a child on the way, he decided to move back home to the Tri-Cities to regroup and assess a few things. While back home, he formed the regionally successful band, Midnight Station, where they changed the landscape of live music within the region. Gary's dynamic stage presence, strong and versatile vocals, coupled with the band's ability to successfully pull off any genre of music made for an interesting and highly demanded live show.
Discovered during that time by then guitarist for Clay Walker & aspiring producer/songwriter Harry Smith, he encouraged Gary to move back to Nashville where they put together a good run of writing, recording, playing fairs & showcases under the name Bootleg Jake, and just missed on a developmental record deal with Broken Bow Records in 2008. Gary lost his "day job", and subsequently most everything he owned in late 2012 & was forced to move back to East Tennessee, where he currently lives with his wife Kristie, & 3 boys.
"I know God has a plan for me. I don't question any of the tough times I've been led through. If anything, I blame myself for trying to take over the wheel myself, and drive through doors He doesn't want me to go through. He knows best, & His Glory shines greater through the weak and the humble."