Garry Elders has been playing, singing and writing traditional country music throughout the USA and across the world for the past 25 years. His interest in this genre of music was inspired by the sounds of Hank Williams Sr., Charlie Pride, Kitty Wells, and Merle Haggard. As a young boy, he would stand in front of the television, and try to play and sing along with the country artists on "The Porter Wagner Show", "The Johnny Cash Show", and "Hee Haw".
Born in Arkansas, Garry spent parts of his turbulent childhood in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, and Tennessee. His special affection for the South, and its people are felt in his music. Hard times, lost love, and life’s struggles are the roots of traditional country music. Perhaps that’s why he sings not only with his voice, but with his heart and soul; he’s experienced them all. After high school, Garry joined the army and stationed in over seas. An attack by a militant group left him with serious leg injuries. He spent 13 months in the V.A. hospital, and was told he would never walk again. Garry’s determination proved the doctors wrong. He’s never forgotten his military experience and the men he served with. Several times in the recent past, he has voluntarily traveled to Iraq to entertain the troops. In the early ‘90's, Garry was the opening act for Johnny Paycheck. He also worked for Tammy Wynette on her last tour before she passed away. Earlier, he worked at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee where he regularly performed as his distant relative "The Man In Black". Garry received his degree in music from the University of Maryland where he also earned a PhD in mechanical engineering.,
When not performing, Garry enjoys restoring his antique cars and trucks and writing songs. He could be heard playing on a national radio show, "The CSA Jamboree" which was aired on several radio stations across the country up until last year. Garry has been a member of "The National Federation of Musicians Union". He is currently on his 14th year with the Local 257 Nashville Tn. Chapter.
Garry is a large supporter of local music. He hosts an open mic sponsored by the Song Writers association Washington.