Jim Gary is an acoustic singer/songwriter. He grew up in southeastern Michigan listening to all the great sounds of the ‘60s – Motown, Beatles, and all those great Jimmy Webb songs. He now lives in the Chicago area.
Picking up a guitar at age 14, he started learning chords and moved on to fingerpicking the songs of John Denver, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, James Taylor, and Gordon Lightfoot. In the years since then, Jim continued to write, perform, and record music, releasing several albums and EPs along the way.
Jim Gary is a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and an award-winning songwriter (Great River Folk Fest) who writes songs of wit and wisdom in whatever genre strikes his fancy. His 6 albums representing over 70 original songs contain a variety of styles but always a firm commitment to lyrics and images that will move you!
Jim’s CD “Midnight Muse” (1996) is a “delightful collection of songs” (Bob Janis, WDCB’s “Folk Festival”) with a dozen original songs ranging from folk ballads to the uptempo full band “Go with the Flow” and “Winds of Fortune” to straight-up country “Mama’s Cheatin’” to a light jazz showtune-ish “Girl in the Gossamer Gown”.
He lives in the Chicago area, has recorded a CD of Michael Smith songs (“I Wanna Be Like Mike”) and continues to write and perform. Jim released a new CD of original music, Big Door… Little Wonder in 2014, two CDs (Unfolked) and (Wordplay) in 2019, a double-length CD of 24 previously unreleased original songs (From the Song Cellar) in 2021, and a holiday CD “A (Mostly) Merry Jim Gary Christmas!” in 2021.