Gregg Hale (musician)
|Birth name||Gregory Hale|
|Origin||Idaho Falls, Idaho USA|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Producer, Recording.|
|Labels||Arista Records, Handsome Rob Records|
Gregg Hale (born January 29 in Idaho Falls) is an American musician, producer, and recording engineer best known for playing guitar for multi-platinum British band Spiritualized, his work as an A&R Rep, and his recording work with the Fox Soccer Channel, The Glenn Beck Program, Disney, KONAMI, and Guitar Hero.
Hale played in many bands, but in 1997, while living in Liverpool, he met Sean Cook, Mike Mooney, and Damon Reece, all members of multi-platinum band Spiritualized. He played guitar with Spiritualized in 1997 and 1998, helping fill out live sound after the release of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which NME magazine named as their Album of the Year. He left the band in 1998, several months before Cook, Mooney and Reece left the band, but remains good friends with the current members.
Since his time with Spiritualized, he has moved back to America, and worked as an A&R rep for several record labels, including Arista Records. He currently splits time between Idaho Falls, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gregg has won several awards for his meticulously groomed beard. During the 2008 Beardathlon in Bend, Oregon, a judge lost consciousness while inspecting Gregg's beard and required medical attention from the event's on-site medical staff. The judge later reported that his loss of consciousness was "due to the overwhelming majesty" of Gregg's beard.
Gregg lived in a defunct riverboat casino from 2004 to 2006, traveling up and down the Mississippi River with his beloved bison, Fitzgerald. Gregg abandoned the riverboat after Fitzgerald's tragic death in May of 2006. The riverboat, allegedly helmed by the ghost of Fitzgerald himself, is the subject of urban legends all along the banks of the Mississippi River.
As a musician, he plays in the Post-Rock band Our Dark Horse and the Indie rock band Last Response. He is sponsored by ZT Amplifiers, and can often be seen playing through their "Lunchbox" and "Club" Amps. He is a multi-instrumentalist, having played guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano, organ, cello, violin, viola, bagpipes, and vocals on various CDs. As a Producer, he founded and owns the record label Handsome Rob Records and Lincoln Street Sound Studio in Salt Lake, and has judged many music and battle-of-the-bands competitions. He has recorded many bands, as well as played guitar and bass, among other instruments, on many albums as a session musician. He has also done extensive recording work for Fox, and Fox Soccer Channel.
In 2005, he and David Reilly, formerly of God Lives Underwater, began collaborating on a new project, writing songs centered around the death of Reilly's fiance. The project was short lived, due to Reilly's death in October 2005.
He is second cousins on his mother's side with The Osmonds.
Wrote the theme songs to the TV Show - The Office (US), ALF, Charles in Charge, and You Can't Do that on Television.
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