Multidisciplinary artist Gary Paul Bryant has an impressive and diverse body of work. An award-winning musician, songwriter, and composer, Gary has a unique talent for melding power rock with jazz and classical music, yet his composing encompasses everything from world fusion to country ballads in his extensive catalog of album releases and soundtracks. He has composed for a wide variety of multimedia projects including film, radio, podcasts, television, and web projects.
Gary has over three hundred published songs and has produced a number of albums including Take the Power, Breathe, and Tube Music. His music has been a part of the digital landscape since 1999 starting with MP3.com, now his songs have been streamed by Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon (among other services) millions of times. Over seven thousand YouTube videos have used his music. He’s been nominated twice for Hollywood Music in Media Awards and is an eight-time ASCAP Award winner. Gary is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is also a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).
For years, Gary has quietly been making his way into the world of fiction writing. His recent work includes The Bitter Climb, The President is Missing and Five Dolls. In The Phone and Other Short Stories, we encounter a more in-depth exploration of his humor and zany imagination, previously only hinted at in his musical body of work. Claimed to be not so dissimilar from the work of Tom Robbins, when Gary’s social commentary isn’t being portrayed in some thinly disguised literary game, his writing is just downright entertaining.
His first short fiction, The First Ride: The Real Story of Santa Claus was published in 1992 and is currently being released as a special 25-year anniversary paperback edition. Comic and whimsical is his tone, this stocking stuffer is told through the eyes of Max Pepin’s grandson, this charming story is set amid the snowdrifts of Max’s farm in Griswold Connecticut. Bryant’s Twain-like humor is a refreshing twist to an intricately evolved creative body of work.