Greg Meyer, simply called GM by his contemporaries in the music scene says:
“I try to do something right, or
not at all!”
Greg always had an ambition to be a musician or singer. As a child he would sing along to his mother's records, mainly from the swing and motown eras.
Greg tried the drums for a while and later took piano lessons. In the end, he realised his real passion was singing.
After some time focusing on developing his skills, he was invited to “sit in” with various bands and was soon being recognised as “that singer with the smooth voice.”
Greg then formed his own Quintet and was soon in demand to perform all over Australia.
“You only perform to the standard around you”, Greg says,
“and the members of my quartet are good!”
In 2003, Greg met arranger/trombonist Bob Johnson, and was invited to sing with the “Bob Johnson Big Band”. Greg had sung with 11-piece groups before, but the experience of singing in front of a fully rehearsed 18-piece big band was the next step.
In 2005 Greg and Bob Johnson discussed the possibility of recording an album.
Prior to recording, Greg attended a concert by the highly acclaimed, 6 times Grammy Nominee jazz singer Mark Murphy, and once they had been introduced, Mark offered some invaluable and professional guidance to further develop Greg's vocal talent. This turned out to be very positive for the album, with Mark being extraordinarily impressed with the outcome.
In 2005, whilst Greg was studying and singing throughout Europe, he snapped up the opportunity to confer with one of London's leading ladies of jazz, and friend, Anita Wardell.
Very soon after, Greg was invited to support George Benson on his 2005 Australian Tour. It was a great show. George enjoyed Greg's performance and met with him after his show. He provided sincere encouragment, and suggested he record an album and start touring.
Greg has developed his own contemporary style over the years. Most
singers start out taking a leaf out of their idol's book. His style is swing-based as he has done so many jazz gigs over the years - "it is
purposely contemporary and more clipped than the classic crooners of
the '40s and '50s". He likes adding his own element to songs. Subtle blues licks in parts of “Blue Moon” and “More” on his album are a good example.
Greg's objective with his debut album has been to create a CD that is great to listen to from start to finish. New arrangements of great songs, combined with varied tempos and his unique contemporary vocal style, make this album a winner.
Greg's passion is to go on developing new ideas and continue performing as long as he can.
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