Gary Melvin | Spare Time

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Spare Time

by Gary Melvin

Songwriter's rock-pop delivered in an organic fashion
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Make Me Whole
4:10 $0.99
2. Listen
3:55 $0.99
3. Out of Excuses
4:17 $0.99
4. Life Is Not a Competition
5:25 $0.99
5. After You Know Me
4:19 $0.99
6. Epiphany
4:19 $0.99
7. Line It Up
4:39 $0.99
8. Waiting
3:59 $0.99
9. Always
4:52 $0.99
10. I Need You
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Who knows how it works, but things tend to fall into place the way they were always meant to. Such is the case with the events that led to a guitar falling into the hands of Gary Melvin. This simple endeavor sparked a passion that began as a lit match, and has grown into a healthy fire that burns strong with no sign of fading. Focusing on more than just the guitar, Gary became a disciple of all kinds of music, from all angles. Playing and growing in numerous situations and organizations, Gary followed the path that music laid before him. This path guided him through two degrees in music, numerous recording projects, travel across the country and overseas to the Caribbean, Guam, Korea and Japan, and to stages big and small, all with a guitar in his hands. Always looking ahead and upward, in early 2006 Gary began playing for Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Frankie Valli.

In late 2007, after 15 years as a musician working professionally backing other artists, Gary decided to compose his first solo project and record his first solo album, “Spare Time.” A collection of 10 songs, Gary looked to speak honestly through his music, focusing on the art of songwriting instead of fabricating or duplicating the popular sound of the time. After borrowing the talents of bassist Robin Everhart and drummer Michael Miley, Gary performed the rest of the rolls on the album before passing it into the hands of the skilled mastering engineer, Bernie Becker. The result is an album that doesn’t pretend to be something it is not. Rather, it is a snapshot of where Gary is on his path that both represents everything he has experienced before, and shows a glimmer of what lies ahead. Music has moved Gary Melvin, and now he looks to return the favor by putting his mark on the world.



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I was so wowed by this collection. Each song is individually great, but together represent a greater whole. Great talent!

mike melvin

Great Albun
I don\'t know how people like you get so talented but you got it.Great music, great lyrics, great guitar. My daughter likes it too. Lookin froward to the next one.


Garyy! Your music is so good! I am seriously diggin it! Usually bands are just bands and I don't look much into them! But your music is wayy good! and I will make sure a lot of people check you out:) ohh and your voice is amazing! I love it:)

Claudia Gilbert

Spare Time
Beautiful, clear, clean with a fresh tone. I could listen to Gary all day long.

Steven Ivory

Spare Time
In their spare time, people do lots of things. In his spare time, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Gary Melvin--between studio session work and playing sell-out dates augmenting the band of pop icon Frankie Valli--wrote, recorded and produced SPARE TIME, a dynamic melange of rock, pop and folk influences that he fuses ambitiously and seamlessly.

As a songwriter, Melvin manages, on one hand, to create expansive, melodic songs such as the relentless, "Always," a bohemian "Out of Excuses" and the soaring "Make Me Whole," while on the other hand craft the bluesy "Line It Up," an infectious "Waiting" and the gentle, folky "I Need You," and make it all fit.

As a lyricist, Melvin is smart and sensitive; as a vocalist, he is clear and expressive, and as a guitarist he simply blazes, driving these memorable melodies with great, electric and acoustic work, even some bottleneck.

Melvin, who also plays organ on tracks, is supported by Robin Everhart on bass and Michael Miley on drums--powerful, enterprising players who, with Melvin, create a power unit that steamrolls the uptempo stuff and artfully finesses the tender moments. SPARE TIME is every note the auspicious debut. It only gets better from here.