Born in Manchester, England on the 5th July 1967, Gary was always musically minded. His musical journey began at the age of nine when he started having 'freelance' lessons with a classical guitar teacher at the Royal Northern College of Music. Over the next couple of years he shot through grades, and ended up with a scholarship at the Royal Northern. This in turn lead to Gary taking the associate course.
In order to raise his profile as a vocalist, Gary went into the studios and recorded some demos onto cassette. One of the songs on the demo, 'Christine', was actually played to Alan Barton of Smokey to see if he was interested in doing the track. He thought that Gary should be recording the material in his own right and consequently a further 5/6 tracks were recorded (these became the first half of the album). These tracks were played to Chrysalis who expressed some interest in the material.
Some more tracks were recorded to
complete the album, but Chrysalis had changed their mind and were no longer interested in
the album. A showcase gig was arranged in Manchester, and in the end Polygram Oslo decided
to sign the album. 'Strength Of Heart' was released in Germay & Norway. There was also
tours in Germany & Scandinavia (one of which was as support to Smokey). In addition,
Gary's reputation as a singer had grown, and as well as almost having an audition with Def
Leppard (after Steve Clarks demise), Gary was also offered the role of singer for
the Mamas Boys.
The album was released as Now & Then's debut (& flagship) release, and a new era dawned. Gary's unique blending of AOR & the more traditional "British" hard rock sound was well received, receiving some really good reviews. Some live dates followed, including an exceptional set at the first Gods music festival ("Gods of AOR" ) at Milton Keynes & Manchester. Included in that set was a preview of the material to come, with the memorable (and soon to become extremely popular) 'Stay With Me' making its appearance in the set.The 'finishing straight' line up of Paul Laine (now in Danger Danger), Gary Hughes, Mark Free, & Jeff Paris was one of the best AOR / melodic rock line-ups ever assembled.
All the time Gary was writing new
material, and it wasn't long before news of the next album was appearing in the rock
magazines.However the quantity & quality of the material written soon meant that the
news was reporting that there would be two, and then three albums. It was during this time
that ex-Dare guitarist extrordinaire Vinny Burns got involved in the project, and TEN
was born! After 3 very successful studio albums and one live one, "Never Say
Goodbye", which marks the band's debut on FRONTIERS RECORDS,
Gary went back into the studio and produced a new collection of high class songs which
eventually created the new masterpiece "Precious Ones" published in june 1998.
Producer, songwriter, singer and player, Gary Hughes is nowadays a complete artist who needs no introduction to the hard rock fans and will mark the british rock history with his talents and songs.
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