Bass and Vocals
Greg was born in 1968 into a very musical family. He cut his teeth on Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and of course Elvis Presley. His mother, Peggy, had him singing harmony not long after he learned to talk. His father, Jim, taught him to play bass when he was six. They spent countless hours with Greg singing and playing, building a solid musical foundation. He spent the next several years honing his skills in church and playing Bluegrass with his Mom and Dad, cousins, and Uncle Doug. His dream as a child was to one day (in the words of a five year old) “run off and join up with Elvis.”
In 1976, part of Greg’s dream came true – his dad took him to see Elvis. It was all over after that – Greg knew that he desperately wanted to pursue a career in music, and Jerry Scheff (Elvis’s bass player) quickly became his idol. At age 12, Greg got his first taste of the road with The Turner Family, a Southern Gospel family group. He spent the next 3 years touring the east coast, sharing the stage with some of the greatest names in Gospel music. A family move at age 15 introduced him to his high school band director and future father-in-law, Robert Patillo, who continued to mold and shape his abilities. This is where it ends for a while.
He chose a different path after high school only playing occasionally. That would all change in 1995 when a series of events that seemed to be the end actually turned out only to be the beginning. Since then, Greg has continued his dream. He has worked for or played with Helen Cornelius, Jim Ed Brown, Ray Cummings CGP, Jeff Cook, GC Cameron (Spinners & Temptations), Bill Pinckney, Michael Twitty, Dave Rowland, Eddie Miles, Rick Alviti, Keith Henderson, JD Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, members of The Sweet Inspirations, Charlie Hodge, Ed Enoch and Golden Covenant, Archie Bell, Detra Farr and the Catalinas. He has shared the stage with artists such as Billy Currington, Ronnie McDowell, Nantucket, Exile, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Delbert McClinton, etc. His dream has taken him literally around the world performing in foreign countries and cruise ships in the Caribbean.
An accomplished studio musician, his work can be heard on some of the best selling CD’s and #1 hits in Beach music, as well as numerous Country and Gospel CD’s, commercial jingles, and live recordings. His TV credits include TNN-The Crook & Chase Show, CNN, and CNN Headline News. In 1998, his dream of playing with Elvis technically came true. He went to Camden, New Jersey on an invite from JD Sumner to see an “Elvis – The Concert” performance and to meet the TCB band. It was here (although ever, ever so briefly) that he played with Glen D. Hardin, James Burton and Ronnie Tutt to Elvis’s vocal during a sound check. In Greg’s own words, “Thank you JD Sumner and Jerry Scheff. You will always be my heroes.”
Greg currently performs and records with the Craig Woolard Band out of Wilmington, NC, playing dates covering the entire eastern coast, Illinois, and the Caribbean. His path to THE CWB was one of faith, he believes. Along with his exceptionally beautiful wife. (as he is told almost daily), Greg is also raising 2 more dreams, his 2 girls (Both of which love to sing with him on stage at every opportunity they get! ) “THANK YOU JESUS!” For without Him, none of this would have been possible.
The CWB is blessed to have such a great family of talented and good, down to earth musicians.
Greg singing “How Sweet It Is” at the Blueberry Festival