JAG (band)

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JAG was a Christian rock band that recorded during the early 1990s. The band's name is an acronym for the band's founder and lead singer, John Allen Garies.

John "Johnny" Allen Garies, Jr. (November 11, 1952 – August 5, 2007) was born in Houston, Texas to John A. "Oscar" Garies, Sr. and Shirley A. (Gray) Garies, one of three children (Michael and Wendy, his two siblings). Garies started playing drums at age 10 and taught himself to play guitar and piano. Graduating in 1971 from Channelview High School in Harris County, Texas, John attended Texas A&M University. He married his wife, Ricka Cox around 1973, with whom he had two children, John Joel and Annie Grace.[1][2]

Building on his passion for music, Garies formed JAG in the late 1980s. JAG's original lineup for their 1990 debut, The Longest Road included guitarist J. Paul Brittain, guitarist and keyboardist Joel McCreight, bassist Tim Hall, drummer Chuck Connor, and Garies on lead vocals. Their 1991 follow up The Only World in Town traded McCreight for Michael Lusk and featured additional help from drummer Chris McHugh and guitarists, Jim Williams, Dale Oliver (originally of Geoff Moore's band) and Giant's Dann Huff. Produced by frequent CCM-session keyboardist Blair Masters, JAG's final album, Fire in the Temple, featured songs written by Garies, and the likes of Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl and performed by players Gordon Kennedy, Chris McHugh and Tommy Sims, all of whom were current or former members of the group Whiteheart, a band's sound to which JAG is oft-compared.[3][4][5]

Beyond life as a recording artist and songwriter, Garies once owned Garies Enterprises and a franchise of Precision Tune Shops in North Carolina and South Carolina. Upon his death from liver disease on August 5, 2007, Garies worked for Coach USA.[1]


  • 1992: Fire in the Temple (Benson)
  • 1991: On the Edge: The Cutting Edge of Christian Music Compilation
  • 1991: The Only World In Town
  • 1990: The Longest Road (Wave)


  1. ^ a b "Deaths in Review; Nation & World.(B)(Obituary)." The Houston Chronicle (August 12, 2007): 2. General OneFile. Gale. LIRN. November 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Online Memorial: John A Garies, Jr. November 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 441. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  4. ^ MusicMight Biography: JAG. Retrieved November 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Fire in the Temple Overview. Retrieved November 11, 2007.

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