Introducing... Gary Holmes
I am a medical professional and vocal and acting amateur, who until the past few years would never be caught dead singing a solo or acting for fear of making a fool of myself. I have sung in church and community choirs since high school, under many superb directors. Although I have never had any formal voice training, I have developed my voice through many years, under their guidance and on my own, emulating singers I admired, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Paul Robeson, Placido Domingo, as well as cast recordings of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. I am a natural bass, but my vocal range is from double low B flat to F above middle C, so I am often asked to assist the tenor section if they are short-handed. I began singing solos in church about 10 years ago, and have now gained the confidence to solo regularly in church services and productions, ranging from Handel's Messiah ("Darkness Shall Cover the Earth" and "The Trumpet Shall Sound") to "Deep River" and other gospel and spiritual songs, and in several non-religious settings, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "Begin the Beguine," "Blue Velvet," and "Blueberry Hill" (for which I played my own arranged accompaniment on the piano).
My first and only formal acting experience to date came in 2007, when I was asked to play Olin Britt in our community theatre and community college's combined production of The Music Man. I immediately got the acting bug, and barely missed getting the roles of Emile in South Pacific in 2008, and Man #1 in "My Way" in 2009, losing both more because of casting mismatches than to my ability.
To experienced actors, these probably don't sound like much, but considering where I was 10 years ago, I think it is a pretty remarkable personal achievement of which I am quite proud. I look forward to landing another meaty bass or baritone.