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    Gerry Beckley

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    Rare is the musician who can be part of an iconic band and still manage to carve out a path of their own that’s as, if not more, creatively rich and accomplished as that which made him famous. Count Gerry Beckley as one of those precious few. You will know him as half (originally one-third) of America, a troupe that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and enjoys a legacy of enduring hit singles, membership of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a star . . .

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    Rare is the musician who can be part of an iconic band and still manage to carve out a path of their own that’s as, if not more, creatively rich and accomplished as that which made him famous. Count Gerry Beckley as one of those precious few. You will know him as half (originally one-third) of America, a troupe that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and enjoys a legacy of enduring hit singles, membership of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All well and good -- and still a going concern that Beckley remains proud to be part of.

    But like any band comprised of outsized talents, America is more than the sum of its parts and not necessarily able to house all the music Beckley creates. So since 1995’s ‘Van Go Gan’s paralleled with his own albums, releasing eight studio sets so far as well as collaboration with Chicago’s Robert Lamm and the late Beach Boy Carl Wilson. More than an outside outlet it’s a body of work in its own right, an expression of an individual voice dedicated to exploring an artistic and sonic terrain that’s entirely his own and forging a fresh path with familiar touchstones (that voice is, well, that voice).

    Beckley’s first ever collection of solo hitsKeeping The Light On: The Best of Gerry Beckley is a culmination, but his writing and recording has continued -- even amidst a global pandemic -- and shows no signs of abating any time soon. “This record is from this point back, and the stuff I’ve been writing and recording will be from this point forward” Beckley promises. “This is certainly a summation, I guess, but it’s not the end of the story. It’s amazing to have 50 years in this job. Now I can’t wait to start the second half-century.”

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