It is said "you don't find your passion, your passion finds you" - and for Gary Girouard that passion has always been the piano.
Girouard’s musical career began after living and backpacking through Europe - writing music on a battery-operated keyboard. When he returned to the US, he landed a job at a Boston piano store - developing his style "after-hours" on a fleet of Steinway pianos.
Girouard began honing his writing skills in bars and clubs around Boston - focusing first on the ‘feel’ of a composition - as Girouard describes it: "a memorable, timeless melody that resonates with listeners...and can be felt".
The Naked Piano series evolved from this sentiment to capture timeless themes and to allow people an escape from an otherwise hectic lifestyle—with the intention to provide a method for introspection, analysis and understanding. Girouard comments; "People lead increasingly stressful lives. The Naked Piano is a simple response - highlighting a beautiful instrument in its most pure and natural form. Whether it's cooking, dining or driving in your car, there are times when we all could use some refreshing piano music."
A master of the modern/contemporary solo piano genre, Gary's Naked Piano series has been described as "hauntingly beautiful", "deeply moving" and "incredibly powerful”. Paul Breeden, Editor of Boston Live Magazine, hails The Naked Piano as "a masterpiece...a testament to the gracious sounds of a fluid live recording".
Gary's music has won two “Album of the Year” awards and is featured on radio, television, print and film - including iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Live365, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio and Amazon.
Giving a nod to past experiences and worthy causes, Girouard donates a portion of album sales to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (www.holeinthewallgang.org) - a special place for children with cancer and other serious illnesses.