Gary Helms was born Houston, Texas and raised in nearby North Shore, Texas.
He studied criminal justice the University of Houston Downtown, then earned a residency with in the regional dancehalls with such artists as Kevin Eagan, Clint Black, David Kersh and Doug Supernaw at clubs such as Moe's, Eddies Country Ballroom and Willie Nelson's Night Life. He signed with MGM Nashville in 2005 and had to wait two years before he fit into their release schedule.
After two minor singles, Helms shot to No. 2 with "Another Perfect Day."
The video reached the top 20 before the label decided to close the doors.
In 2007, he released I've Got A Good Mind on the independent label TBG Entertainment. Two days after the release Gary was given the phone call no parent ever wants to get and learned his sons life was taken. The single had to be pulled and shelved for the time being until a future date of release could be prepped. This would take almost four years before Gary was ready to perform and record.
In addition to his musical career, Helms is an active outdoorsman.
Home: Deer Park, Texas
Tours Out of: Nashville, Tenn
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Record Label: TBG Entertainment / Diamond Music Group
Type of Label: Indie
TEXAS BLACK GOLD
Has Performed in Concert With:
B.B. Watson, Daron Norwood, Rick Trevino, Little Texas, Tim McGraw, Larry Stewart, Michelle Wright, Restless Heart, Dean Dillon, Jeff Chance, John Anderson, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt, Davis Daniel, Charlie Daniels, Sammy Kershaw, Neal McCoy, Pearl River, Moe Bandy, Doug Stone, Vern Gosdin, Doug Supernaw, Perfect Stranger, David Kersh, Tracy Lawrence, Gene Watson, McBride & The Ride, Gary Stewart, Mathews, Wright & King, Chris LeDoux and many more...
From the hotspots of east Texas and southwest Louisiana to the traditional toe-tapping dance-halls of central and west Texas, Gary Helms has played to standing room only audiences and kept them screaming for more. Few artists have made such and impact on the Texas country music scene. Nonstop touring and professionalism have made him one of the most in demand country artist in Texas.
Gary was launched into the International spotlight in 1993 when a song "Rainy Night In Texas" became a fan favorite in Europe. He also started getting air play at many Texas radio stations as well with "Rainy Night In Texas" and "Daddy don't leave" both songs he penned himself. Gary currently has songs on the radio in Belgium, Germany, France and the good ole... USA.
Gary and TBG(Texas Black Gold) received a few accolades in February 1994 when he was featured in the 93Q Country Radio Magazines (Houston Rodeo Edition) as a regional fan favorite. Gary has also been one of the feature artists at the Houston Musicians Re-union for the last six years.
Gary grew up in North Shore, a small town 15 miles east of Houston. With country boy charm, good looks and manners, Gary is an icon of respect. Though his passionate love of the stage has already provided him opportunities to perform for fans across the country, his heart remains true to Texas. His roots and respect for the Lone Star people run as deep as the state's seemingly bottomless mine of platinum talent.
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"Gary Helms is a great asset to the music industry. When someone finally realizes what talent is being wasted he will make it big."
A. Horne: Brookshire, Texas
"I have been a fan of Gary Helms' music for quite some time. In the early days of his career, I noticed an uncommon talent in him. Through the years he has honed this talent through life's trials and tribulations. His determination and dedication to the field of entertainment are nothing less than inspiring. A few years back, I was able to book Gary and his band for a business/social function. My boss was overwhelmed at the quality of the performance from a then relatively unknown talent. The way Gary connected with the audience was amazing. They were following the path he led them on through the lyrics of his songs. Gary has developed his art through the years, and to this day still leads his audiences on a trip with his combination of original music mixed with popular hits. Each time I hear him, it seems he has found a new way to improve his sound. I will be following this talent to see just how fast he will reach his inevitable stardom."
N. Hughes: Houston, Texas
"Very Charismatic. Pulls the people in and keeps ME entertained!!"
K. Kinley: Beaumont, Texas
"Gary your great! We drive an hour and a half just to see your shows."
J. and D. Walshak: Austin, Texas
"Great voice, looks great, wrangler butt, my kind of cowboy!"
K. Hendrix: Round Rock, Texas
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In 2009, Budweiser Distributing Recognized Gary's accomplishments on a corporate level and signed him to a contract for Budweiser Beer and a promotional campaign is currently being planned. The campaign includes and is not limited to signage, banners, posters, table tents, radio and printing on all of his live performances.
Diamond Music Group in conjunction with TBG Entertainment has agreed to produce and release Gary's album which is currently in production with both music and video.
Zager Custom Guitars Chose Gary Helms as the country artist endorse and was the first country artist to be endorsed by Zager. This puts Gary in a unique position with Zager carrying the banner for the company along side Andre Coutu - Lead Guitarist for Celine Dion.
Sammy Lynnwood has reached and endorsement package and has provided Gary's guitars for the last two years.
Wrangler Jeans recognized Gary's talent and offered him a corporate sponsorship as part of a new promotional program for Wrangler.
Currently, Gary is working on his album that is slated for release in late August 25th, 2014. Plans are to release a single with an accompanying video. The video will be serviced to (GAC) Great American Country, (CMT) Country Music Television and many more to name a few.
With all of this and more... Gary Helms may just be "Texas Best Kept Secret!"
(TBG) TEXAS BLACK GOLD IS:
* Gary Helms - Voc/Guitar
* Robert Gonzales - Bass
* Garry Patton - Keys/Piano/Voc
* JR. Franco - Lead Gtr/Voc
* Tony Hernandez - Drums
* James Houston - Rhythm Gtr/Voc
* Steve Smyers
* Jason Helms
* See website at: http://www.garyhelmsmusic.com
GARY HELMS is Sponsored by and Endorses:
* Zager Custom Guitars - Custom Made Guitar
* Sam Milsaps Music - For fine guitars
* Budweiser - America's Brewers
* Peavey - Great Guitars
GARY HELMS INFLUENCES ARE:
* My Family
* My Fans
* My TBG Ent. Family
* My Military Families
TBG Entertainment/Diamond Music Group
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