Famous First Words – Gil Grand – Cover Jack Adams

This is such a catchy song by Gil Grand …just had to try it, Please read a little bio on Gil Also Gil singing his song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmmZARnoWH0

Gil Grand hails from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Commonly referred to as “the nickel capitol of the world”. This northern Ontario town is not only known as a mining community, but has also been “home” at one time or another to Canadian country music singers Michelle Wright, Diane Chase and Shania Twain.

When asked, what’s in the water up there, Gil replies; “it’s not surprising to me. Sudbury is, and has always been a HUGE country music community. I believe that a big part of who you are is where you come from. There was never a shortage of country pickers and you could always find a place to plug in and play.”

It was the perfect environment for this aspiring country star to develop his live performance skills and incorporate some of his biggest musical influences, like Conway Twitty and George Jones, with his own vocal styling. Gil Grand was definitely on his way. He would go on to win several local singing competitions and also became a 3-time National Singing Champion, earning his name on a plaque, which is now on display in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 1998 Gil left home and headed for Nashville, Tennessee. He would eventually sign a major US record deal with Sony Music Nashville’s Monument Records. His debut album “Famous First Words” immediately gained the attention and accolades of the country music industry. He received three CCMA nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album Of The Year and Wrangler Rising Star. This proved to be an impressive debut and a solid foundation for a brand new artist to build on.

Almost immediately, Gil found himself on the road, opening shows for American headliners like Tracy Byrd and the Dixie Chicks. Although an impressive line-up, Gil recalls one of his favorite moments as being billed on a show in Phoenix, Arizona with his idols Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. “I realized very quickly that I had just played the show of a lifetime.”

Gil Grand’s career was heating up, and Nashville was becoming more than aware of Gil’s songwriting abilities. This led not only to friendships, but several successful collaborations with two of Nashville’s best – Odie Blackmon, who wrote George Strait’s chart-topper “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” and Byron Hill, who penned another #1 for Strait, “Fool Hearted Memory”.

With a bunch of new songs under his belt, the stage was set for the release of his second album entitled “Burnin”. Released December of 2002 Burnin’ has become virtually a “greatest hits” album. “Cry A Little”, “Break It To Them Gently”, “Run” and the title track all blazed their way up the charts and were mainstays on radio airwaves across the country.

The success of this record earned Gil 5 CCMA nominations in 2003 including Single Of The Year, Socan Song Of The Year, Video Of The Year, and Best Album Graphics, with Gil taking home the award for Independent Male Artist Of The Year.

Whether sharing his songs and stories in an acoustic setting, or performing at one of his energetic full-band concerts, Gil Grand continues to wow audiences with his pure traditional voice and his ability to entertain and connect with the fans. “It’s an incredible feeling to share your music with the fans and to know you’ve touched someone’s life. I feel blessed and proud to be a Canadian country artist. This is the best job in the world!”


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