My name is Gary Lee Tolley, I am a singer and songwriter so I don't make much money. For those of you that want to know me better, I am 6ft Tall which is allright for a Musician, but not so good for a Basketball player or a jockey. I have green eyes, brown hair (when it is not grey), five guitars one piano one wife and one ex-wife. My wifes name is Dixie, the same as Tom T. Halls wife, but they are not related. I have two children, and four Grandchildren. I had a dog, but he died.
Gary Lee Tolley
Gary Lee has played some Great Shows! The Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas, Wheeling Island Casino, The Mardi Gras Casino in Charleston Wv, The Nashville Nightlife Theater in Nashville Tn. as well as County Fairs, Theaters, State Parks and Restaurants.
Gary is also the winner of a GrIndie, (Grammy for Independent Artists), for his Tybee Tyme CD. A Spokesperson for the Come Home to West Virginia Campaign, and the writer of the song, “Hills of West Virginia” which was used by the state for that campaign. His song Storm Coming Over The Mountain has been played on Sirius Radio, on the Patriot Channel.
Record Producer, singer, writer, and artist he has done it all.
Gary’s voice has been compared to Elvis Presley, Kenney Chesney and Roy Orbison for its clarity and style. As a songwriter he has had hits from Bluegrass to Beach Country. Some of his hits have been:
1. Take Me Away To The Islands #1 in 2014 2. Flirtin With The Devil #1 in 2014 3. I Need More Of You 4. Mind Your Own Business
5. San Pedro Bay
6. Storm Coming Over The Mountain
7. Pick It Up Today
8. Life Travels On A One Way Street 9. She's Gone 10. Drift (Where The Currents take Me)
Nine of Gary's songs have been Choreographed and become quite popular in The Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, England, China and France!
Gary’s music is a mix of Country, Bluegrass and Beach with a Little Boogie Woogie Thrown in for fun! Gary likes his songs to tell stories and pull at your funny bone and your heart. In an article in West Virginia Living Magazine in 2012, Gary is quoted, “Gary says. “I look up to Hank (Williams) so I try to do what he did—make unforgettable songs that tell a story people can relate to.”
Garys latest releases, “End Of The Road” and "Take Me Away To The Islands" took him to Nashville where he recorded with some of the Best Musicians in that town of Great Musicians. He Co- Produced End of the Road, Take Me Away To The Islands and Thanks A Lot, Nashville producer, and fellow West Virginian and Musician Mr. Dick McVey.
Gary’s Musical Journey has been a long one, and Gary has “Paid His Dues” along the way. Watching Gary on stage you know he feels at home and enjoys the show as much as you will. Now its time to be part of that Musical Journey with Gary and his Music!
26 Aug 2014 Take Me Away To The Islands #1 On the Independent Music Networks Top 30 13 May 2014 Flirtin With The Devil Reaches #1 On the Independent Music Networks Top 30 Country Songs. 9 April 2013 San Pedro Bay Hit the # 5 Spot on the Independent Music Networks Top 30 Country Countdown!! 2 Jan 2013, Life Travels On A One Way Street Hits #12 on the Independent Music Networks Top 30 Country Countdown! 1 Dec 2012 Gary releases his Christmas Album, a compilation of his favorite Christmas songs, recorded at his studio in West Virginia.
27 Sep 2012, Mind Your Own Business, is #6 on the Independent Country Music Top 30 Country Countdown, and # 16 on The ICOMA County Charts! Release, "Storm Coming Over The Mountain" hit the Indie Charts at Number 11 on its First Week on the chart! In its 4th week it has climbed to # 7. "She's Gone" hits Independent Music Network Top 30 Country Countdown Charts for 6 Months! It Got as high as #5!! In 2012 She's Gone received over 100,000 votes in a radio station contest and Gary was selected to go to Las Vegas to perform She's Gone on Fox 5 TV and appear at the Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas.