Gary Nock began his journey as a troubadour at the advanced age of 17, learning from songbooks, determined to capture the magic formula every classic songwriter seems to have at their fingertips. Considered somewhat a late starter in music, it wasn’t long before Gary had mastered classics by Dylan, Lennon, Cohen & Buckley, steadily learning from their methods and pouring them in to his own compositions. He read Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath and Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning to help him find new and interesting ways to communicate his words, as well as his music, with the public.
As Gary grew as an artist, along came other musicians who shaped his musical journey; Damien Rice, Tom Waits and Dave Matthews to name but a few, all of which have influenced Gary’s art of song writing. Within a couple of years of picking up a guitar he was playing around the bars in Devon where he'd grown up and soon introduced his own material to his live set. Gary then moved back to the West Midlands – his birthplace – to be more centrally located, to have easier access to all parts of the country, and he started touring extensively, performing his original material.
In July 2007 Gary signed his first publishind deal with P & P Songs Ltd and went on to work with some top quality artists & producers including Rich Causon (Ryan Adams), Mads Hauge (Pixie Lott), Guy Massey ( Stephen Fretwell, Manics etc.) and many others.
He also shared the stage with many of his contemporaries such as Ed Harcourt, Tina Dico and Newton Faulkner. After releasing two early EPs, in October 2011 Gary compiled eleven of his favourite tracks and released his debut album 'The Life We Learned To Live' which has seen him gather a substantial fan base online which grows with every show he plays. In May 2012 his music saw him travel to Asia where he was personally invited to play three live shows at the music conference ‘Music Matters’ in Singapore. He also visited Bangkok where he collaborated with other composers/artists and recorded several new songs.
Gary’s well crafted songs have proved to be popular with Music Supervisors for Film, TV and Advertising and 3 songs from his debut album were licensed for synch:
‘Make It Better’ for MARS (UK and EIRE) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytDF5A0KEbs
‘Sunlight’ for Arla Foods (Europe & Middle East) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuUJ3GFG0XM
‘Like My Father Said’ for Microsoft (Worldwide) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmxjAn1AoxY
In 2013 Gary met Natalie Nissim who was Studio Manager at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick at the time. Natalie loved Garys music and forwarded it on to some friends of hers in the music business, Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol being one of them. Jonny loved Garys style, his work ethic and song writing ability and immediately signed Gary to Polar Patrol Publishing which is run by Steve Farris on behalf of Snow Patrol. Gary’s second publishing deal has since seen him starting to write for other artists, both established and upcoming like Brian McFadden, Conor Scott, Liam Tamne, Jessica Bell and Truly Ford to name but a few. Gary also
worked closely with Gary Lightbody and Bo Bruce on the song ‘The Rage That’s In Us All’ that was written by Lightbody and the JJ Abrams and was used in the latest Star Trek movie that Abrams directed. Gary gained his first production credit (vocal production) on the film which went on to achieve great success at the Box Office.
2014 has seen Gary pick up airplay on BBC Radio 2 with his song ‘Like My Father Said’ but is also continuing to write and record for other artists but more excitingly, Gary will be recording his 2nd album as yet untitled with a view to releasing early 2015.