GARY DANIEL COOK

BIO

GDC began turning heads at an early age as a teenage blues/rock guitarist opening for John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Fabulous T Birds, Canned Heat and others.

After several years playing bars and concerts throughout the Southwest, Gary moved to Los Angeles, California and enrolled in the Dick Grove School of Music to study Jazz and Composition. He graduated with honors as GSM's "Outstanding Guitarist of the Year", was placed on the Dean's List and asked by Dick Grove and Adam Levine to join the teaching staff. This newly acquired knowledge allowed Gary to work with some of the world's best studio musicians and artists.

 

 

After seeing Gary perform live a the NAMM Show in Anaheim, NEIL PORTNOW (Current President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and former Vice-President of the West Coast division of Jive Records) signed Gary to a recording contract to compose, produce and record a solo blues release entitled "Guitar Legends of Rock and Blues" that featured Richard Ross (Wilson Pickett), Mike Elizondo (Dr Dre, Eric Clapton, Eminem), Dann Gillen (Annie Lennox), Jimmy Powers (Bonnie Raitt) and other great musicians.

As a versatile ASCAP songwriter and publisher, Gary has collaborated with other songwriters including legendary Journey guitarist - Neal Schon - for the Shrapnel Records release of "Piranha Blues".

Gary has played guitar on numerous demos for writers from Warner/Chappell, Bruton and other top publishing companies. His awards as a songwriter include MCA Records Talent Search, Colorado Composers Classic and International Songwriting Contest.

His compositions continue to receive plays in television and film internationally, including such shows as Pawn Stars, ESPN NBA, Introduction To E, Drew Carey Show, One Life to Live and others.

 

Gary's skill set transcends guitar. He has shared his talents as guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer, and sonic architect with recording artists such as Sting, Joni Mitchell, Neal Schon of Journey, as well as musical instrument manufacturers Roland, Boss, Yamaha and others. 

After a long search and audition process with over 200 musicians, Roland selected Gary to join Allan Holdsworth and Gundy Keller in the unveiling of the legendary Roland VG8 V Guitar System. Gary traveled the globe as a Roland and Boss evangelist conducting seminars and performing at trade shows including the Namm Show in California and Frankfurt Music Messe in Germany.

Gary's talent with sound creation was also utilized to create sounds for several guitar products including Roland VG8, GR30/33, Boss GT5/6 and Boss Me pedals. Gary also worked with Yamaha to help develop the Yamaha DG Series Amplifiers and Effects. Guitar Magazine found his work with guitar technology to be an interesting addition to his career path as professional guitarist and featured him in an interview entitled: “A Career In Virtual Reality”.

Legendary songwriter/recording artist Joni Mitchell invited Gary and Fred Waleki (owner of iconic guitar shop Westwood Music) to her home studio in Los Angeles to work with her on open tunings and sounds with the VG8. After several long nights of jamming and creating sounds with her diary of tunings, Joni invited Gary to travel with her to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It wasn't long after working with Joni Mitchell, that Gary accompanied artist relations manager Erik L. to meet Sting in Malibu, California.

 

Sting asked Gary to help him to create sounds that would add layering and depth to tracks on the “Brand New Day” CD.  

 

Sting gave Gary the nickname “sonic architect”.

 

 
Gary continues to blaze a trail of his own in today's music industry with his versatile guitar playing and unique skill set.