Garbowsky performing with the Jonas Brothers during the When You Look Me in the Eyes Tour, 2008
|Birth name||Gregory Robert Garbowsky|
|Also known as||Garbo|
|Origin||South Plainfield, New Jersey, USA|
|Genres||Pop rock, pop|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Jonas Brothers, Ocean Grove|
Gregory Robert "Greg" Garbowsky (born September 10, 1986) also known as Garbo, is an American musician originally from South Plainfield, New Jersey, and is best known as the bass guitarist for the pop rock bands Ocean Grove and the Jonas Brothers.
Garbowsky was born and raised in South Plainfield, New Jersey as the son of Lois and Robert Garbowsky. He has one sibling, Juliann. He attended John E. Riley Elementary School and began playing violin in 3rd grade. He played drums in middle school and when he was 13, he asked his parents for a bass guitar for Christmas. He got the bass and taught himself to play, but got a little help from Andrew Veiss, the middle school's band director. Garbowsky said Veiss would come in early once a week, on his own time, to give him private instruction.
Garbowsky graduated from South Plainfield High School in 2004 and that fall enrolled in Seton Hall University in South Orange. He played bass in a band called Level Zero, which won a Battle of the Bands at Seton Hall in 2005. In the spring of 2005, he had just finished his freshman year when he decided he wanted to go into music production. He was looking to change colleges when he got a call from his music pastor at Evangel Church in Scotch Plains. One of the pastors friends had three sons who were putting together a band and were looking for a bass player. He recommended Greg to Paul Kevin Jonas Sr, the Jonas Brothers' father. He began touring professionally when he was 18 years old.
On April 14, 2012, Garbowsky married musician, Paris Carney.
He has co-written songs with the Jonas Brothers, including "Tonight" off of the 2008 Hollywood Records release A Little Bit Longer. "Tonight" reached up to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, the song "Games" off of the album Jonas Brothers, released in 2007. "Tonight" was remixed by Timbaland in 2009 for a special download through Verizon phones.
Gregory Garbowsky also co-wrote the songs "Poison Ivy" and "Fly With Me" which are on the Jonas Brothers' album Lines, Vines and Trying Times. "Fly With Me" is also featured in the end credits of the movie Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.
He co-wrote the song "Full Moon Crazy" for the band, Honor Society. The song was on their first album, 'Fashionably Late', which came out on September 15, 2009. The song was also the title of Honor Society's first headlining tour.
Garbowsky also gets writing credit on the final Jonas Brothers album "liVe" (2013), which was given through the Team Jonas Fan Club. He co-wrote "Found" with Nick Jonas.
Garbowsky has been on every tour with the Jonas Brothers since their start in 2005. In addition, he has also played bass as part of special live performances with Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dan Aykroyd, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Honor Society (band), Jesse McCartney, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Hannah Montana.
He also was in the band 'Level Zero', when he was in college. They participated in a "Battle of the Bands" competition at Seton Hall, and won. Presently, the band is still playing in the New Jersey area under the name "Afterall".
Television and film
Garbowsky has performed alongside the Jonas Brothers on many television shows and awards shows including Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Moreover, he has appeared in several episodes of Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream with the Jonas Brothers. He also appeared in the theatrical concert films for Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers.
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