Stu G

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Stu G
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Background information
Birth name Stuart David Garrard
Born (1963-07-06) 6 July 1963 (age 51)
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, acoustic, Christian rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Labels Furious?
Associated acts Delirious?
Treasure Park
One Sonic Society

Stuart David Garrard, b. (1963-07-06) July 6, 1963 (age 51),[1] better known by the stage name Stu G, is an English vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. He is one third of US-based Christian contemporary music band One Sonic Society, and is writing and recording as a solo artist.

He served as the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and secondary songwriter for the rock band Delirious? from 1994 until 2009. His song writing credits for the band include "Come Like You Promise", "Metamorphis", and "Pursuit of Happiness". His most famous work is probably "Majesty (Here I Am)" (written with Delirious? lead singer Martin Smith). Stu G has also produced his own solo material, and released his first album in 1995. He is also a member of the songwriter's charity CompassionArt.

In a documentary coinciding with the Delirious? live DVD Now is the Time, Martin Smith claimed of Stu G that he "can't think of many guitarists that are better than him".

Biography[edit]

Early career 1994 - 1996[edit]

Stu G joined Delirious? (then known as The Cutting Edge Band) in 1994. Prior to this, he had worked as an electrician, played session guitar for other artists, and played with the band Treasure Park. During his time with the Cutting Edge Band, he wrote and recorded his first and, to date, only solo project. The album, titled Have You Heard?, was released in 1995 on a limited cassette run. It has not been re-released since.[2]

Delirious? 1996 - 2009[edit]

In 1996, Delirious? became a full-time band.[3] During the writing sessions for their first album King of Fools, Stu G was the primary songwriter for the title track[4] and the song 'All The Way',[5] both of which he wrote with Martin Smith. He also served as the secondary songwriter on many other tracks on the album, including the bands international hit single "Deeper".[6] Later in the year, the band embarked upon their first full UK tour. During this time, the band regularly played 'Come Like You Promise', the opening track from his 1995 solo album.

Stu G wrote many popular songs for the band throughout the rest of their career. For their third album Glo, the band recorded 'Awaken The Dawn', a track which he had written in 1994 during his time as a solo recording artist. He shared lead vocals with Smith in 2001 on the Audio Lessonover? track 'Fire', something he later repeated on their European hit single 'Inside Outside' in 2003. In 2007, he wrote his first book, 'I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever', with Martin Smith, chronicling their times during the band.[7]

In 2008, he joined the CompassionArt songwriters team, contributing towards their first self-titled album and book.

Post Delirious?[edit]

When Delirious? announced their planned split in 2008,[8] Stu G was quick to reassure fans through his blog that he would be continuing in the music industry,[9] and later hinted that he would work on projects with bassist Jon Thatcher. Thatcher confirmed that he had built his own studio[10] and that he was frequently traveling to Nashville.

He was part of Tim Hughes' live band during the recording of his live album, Happy Day.

Stu G performed his first solo acoustic gig during the Greenbelt Festival in 2009.[11]

Stu G and Jon Thatcher have now formed a new band with Jason Ingram as lead singer and Paul Mabury as drummer. The band, called One Sonic Society, started work on their debut album in June 2009.[12] Two of the songs on their EP One are also featured on the Hillsong LIVE album A Beautiful Exchange.

As of early 2011, Stu G is on the road with Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant as part of the band.[citation needed]

In 2013, Stu G crowdfunded a solo EP titled "Of Burdens, Birds and Stars through PledgeMusic.

Discography[edit]

1995 - Have You Heard?

2013 - Of Burdens, Birds and Stars EP

with Delirious?

with CompassionArt
2008 - CompassionArt

Bibliography[edit]

2007 - I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever - with Martin Smith
2008 - The Art Of Compassion - with CompassionArt

Personal life[edit]

Until drummer Stew Smith was replaced by Paul Evans in 2008, Stu G was the only member of Delirious? who was unrelated to the others; Jon Thatcher was related to the other three members by marriage (each of his three sisters married another Delirious? member). He is married to Karen and they have two daughters.

Instruments[edit]

In pre-Delirious? days, his preferred guitars were a Fender Telecaster and a Gibson ES-135 through a Marshall JTM45 and Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Tremoverb.

For many years, his preferred Guitar has seemed to be the Gibson Les Paul, although recently he has been frequently seen playing Fender Telecasters, and sometimes a Fender Stratocaster. He also plays many others, including a Gibson ES-135, an Epiphone SG double neck and a Gretsch duo jet, as well as a number of acoustic guitars. His choice of Amplifiers include the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Tremoverb, the Gerlitz Revelator, the Marshall JTM 45, the Orange AD-30, and a Vox AC-30. In the USA, however, he only uses up to two of those amps at one time, due to cargo limitations.

Duesenberg - Starplayer TV
Fender - Tele'72 Deluxe
Gibson - Les Paul Standard, (sunburst)
Gibson - ES135 (black)
Fender - Telecaster (metallic blue)
Gibson - Les Paul Deluxe, (goldtop '74)
Dobro - 1937 single cone
Gretsch - Silver Falcon
Fender - Stratocaster (1978)
McPherson - Redwood Acoustic
Epiphone - SG double neck
Takamine - Acoustic
Gretsch - Duojet ('66)

Have You Heard?[edit]

Have You Heard?
Studio album by Stu G
Released 1995
Genre Rock, Christian Rock
Label Furious?
Producer Martin Smith
Stu G chronology
Have You Heard?
(1995)
Of Burdens, Birds and Stars
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Cross Rhythms 7/10 stars [13]

Have You Heard? was recorded and released by Furious? Records in 1995. It features many members of Delirious? as guest musicians, whilst the lead singer of the band, Martin Smith, served as producer.[2] It received a fairly positive review from Cross Rhythms. "Like You Promise" was later restyled as "Come Like You Promise", and released on the band's 1996 live album Live & In the Can, 1998 live album d:tour, 2001 single "It's OK", and 2002 compilation album Deeper. "Absolutely Absolute" was also released as a b-side to the band's 1997 single "White Ribbon Day".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Like You Promise
  2. The Rain
  3. Wilderness
  4. Have You Heard?
  5. Rest
  6. Absolutely Absolute

Of Burdens, Birds and Stars[edit]

Of Burdens, Birds and Stars
Studio album by Stu G
Released 2013
Genre Rock, Christian Rock
Stu G chronology
Have You Heard?
(1995)
Of Burdens, Birds and Stars
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Louder Than The Music 4/5 stars [14]

Of Burdens, Birds and Stars was released in 2013 following a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic. Stu G describes its tracks as "therapy songs" which were "written in the last 4 years or so in my time of transition and figuring out what's next now that delirious? has ended."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Long Way Down
  2. Don't Really Know Me
  3. Eyes
  4. Carry My Burdens
  5. King Of The Stars
  6. Little Bird

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Band". Delirious.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.delirious.org.uk/discog/rarities/haveyouheard.html[dead link]
  3. ^ "About - Biography". Delirious.org.uk. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Lyrics - King Of Fools". Delirious.org.uk. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Lyrics - All The Way". Delirious.org.uk. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Singles - Deeper". Delirious.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.delirious.org.uk/features/icouldsingbook.html
  8. ^ "News 2008 - Delirious? Announce Plans To Break Up". Delirious.org.uk. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ "D: Living Room". Delirious.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  10. ^ "Interviews - Jon Thatcher - Delirious?". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  11. ^ Greenbelt Festival (2009-08-31). "Greenbelt Festivals : Where arts, faith and justice collide". Greenbelt.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  12. ^ "Mabes Cutting Drums With One Sonic Society". YouTube. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  13. ^ "Stuart Garrard - Have You Heard? | CROSS RHYTHMS REVIEW". Crossrhythms.co.uk. 1996-02-01. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  14. ^ "Stu G - Of Burdens, Birds and Stars Review". LouderThanTheMusic.co.uk. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  15. ^ "Stu G Interview". LouderThanTheMusic.co.uk. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-11-18.