Hi, my name is Rob Garrido. I am pretty sure that If you're reading this, you were expecting some three paragraph blurb starting off with a quote from some well-respected industry person telling you why I’m so wonderful and why you too should want to create beautiful music with me... or at least buy my yet-to-be-released CD. You were probably expecting de__scriptive words like “prolific”, “passionate”, and “talented” placed in just the right spot to keep you interested. After that, there would be a tie-in line telling you about this mix of Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and Latin that we call my musical style ( come back later and maybe I’ll have some catchy new name for this genre). Then, you might learn that I was born on February 13, 1979 in Miami, FL and that my father is a minister. You might even find out that my favorite color is that same blue that Arizona uses for their Black Tea with Ginseng bottles. Then again, maybe not. We’ll consider that a freebee just for you.
The truth is, I could tell you about growing up and being influenced by my dad’s love of jazz while also listening to Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Petra, White Heart, U2, Tracy Chapman, REM, Pearl Jam, Melissa Etheridge, indigo girls, and so many others. I’d even take a moment to tell you about my qualifications as a musician. After all, I did study vocal performance both at New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami’s Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance program. *pats self on the back* Honestly, what I’ve done and with who matters very little. I am grateful for the amount of experience I’ve gained working with some of the best musical minds around, but I don’t want to be measured by that. If you are interested enough to know that information, the truth is that we will have opportunities to talk about it. Just shoot me a message.
If you are still reading this, then you need to know the most important thing about me: I am a Christian. With that said, being labeled a “Christian Musician” has always scared me. You see, I am also a man… a man who stumbles and falls and at times struggles with darkness. Being human and actually admitting it doesnt fly too well with some of my more conservative ""friends"", so I've always kinda feared being labled.
Albert Camus wrote: “in the depth of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer”. That’s why I chose to record an arrangement of Charlie Hall’s “Marvelous Light”. No matter the darkness or struggle, Im still running into that marvelous light.
Bebo Norman states in his Bio: ""You can't understand light unless you understand darkness, because that's where life is most often lived…somewhere between the two. It's messy and it's beautiful all at the same time."" I want to be measured by the light that comes from Christ in me. I want to be measured by what it is that I create for and because of HIM and for what I create because of the blessing I've been given to be able to give and receive love. I pray that you will join with me in my journey... no matter what role it is that you choose to take.
Thank you for taking a moment to get know me and my music.
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