B i o g r a p h y
Gus MacGregor is a contemporary singer songwriter. His songs find touching and humorous observations in equal amounts. Story-telling lyrics, are complimented by roots guitar and voice styles. His musical influences are mostly these days from country music outliers like John Prine, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt, as well as singer songwriters including Jim Croce, Jackson Browne and Loudon Wainwright III. It's rare for a day to go by where at least one of these artists isn't drifting out of the kitchen stereo.
Gus was born and grew up in the north west of England, then moved to London, when for ten years he played the lead role in the west-end musical Buddy, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He then spent seven years living in Bern, Switzerland, during which time he made a splash on National Swiss radio with his first single Lifeline. That and subsequent songs continue to receive regular airplay in Switzerland, and several songs have been used in high profile Swiss TV ad campaigns.
In recent years Gus has become known for his intimate, troubadour performances in small and medium-sized venues and festival stages. Sometimes in a duo with Jaël (who's she?), but often solo. His down-to-earth presentation means it is not unusual to see teenage goths, fashionable 30-somethings and retired couples mixed together at his concerts.
In 2015 Gus moved to Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and his two young sons, George and Arthur. Although he mostly writes alone, Gus has co-written songs with Judie Tzuke, Jon Allen, Kim Ritchie, Adam Argyle and Jaël.
1. Born near Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
2. Laurence Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actor for role of Buddy Holly. (watch a clip of Gus as Buddy)
3. Guitar and backing vocals for Amy Smith on tour as support for Simply Red; Jamie Cullum; Tom Baxter; and Nizlopi ("I'm riding in my JCB!").
4. Released first solo album 'Lifeline' in 2009 on Sophie Records, recorded in Bern with producer Luk Zimmerman (Lunik, Anna Kaenzig)
5. Had various 'cuts' writing songs for other artists with the London based publisher Phrased Differently.
6. Released second album 'Gus MacGregor' in 2011 on canadian label FOD Records, recorded in Brussels with producer Bob Rose (Julian Lennon).
7. Media appearances include BBC Radio 2's Wogan and Johnnie Walker shows; Sunday Times Culture magazine (UK); Word magazine (UK); Rai Uno (Italy); SRF (Switzerland).
8.Released third album, 'A Different Dream', again on Sophie Records in Nov 2013, co-produced by Gus with Swiss underground producer Micha Loosli.
9. Released fourth album 'Dead Horse' on Sophie.
10. Released fifth album "Halloween" in late 2018. The album represents the influence of the outlaw country music sounds of John Prime and Willie Nelson on Gus's music.
11. Gus is currently working on songs for a EXTREMELY STRIPPED DOWN album...the idea is to record the songs live, solo, and to video the recording in one take. Part of a continued search for authenticity. There will be no physical CD, but is exploring the possibility of releasing it to vinyl.