Gary "G" Jenkins
Singer | Actor | Writer | Producer | Musician
After three platinum-selling albums as the lead singer with the R&B super-group “SILK,”Lil G releases his solo CD, "The Other Side." When you hear his voice on a track, you never have to ask "who is that?" With one of the most recognizable voices in today’s R&B music, Lil G makes a statement with his solo release "The Other Side." With each track having its own signature and personality. Over an eighteen month period, he wrote, recorded, and produced, with live instruments, his first independent, solo project: "The Other Side. All 15 songs on the release exhibit true musicianship, a talent that Lil G has pushed to the forefront, earning worldwide acclaim with music fans and earning the genuine respect of his peers.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee as the last born to seven children, this musical genius started singing in church at the early age of seven, which earned him a role as a featured soloist on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Show” for many years to follow. At the age of nine and only a few lessons, Gary E. Jenkins mastered the guitar, which engraved a new appreciation for the art of music. That was truly the unleashing of something great, as his gift expanded into fourteen instruments, including an assortment of keyboards, drums, guitars, etc… (most of which have been self-taught). While attending Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Gary majored in music, with an emphasis on piano and voice. As a member of the prestigious TSU Jazz Ensemble, he was selected to accompany Dizzy Gillespie on piano, during his visit to the school. In addition, he appeared in several opera productions and performed with the popular TSU marching band. In transitioning this love for music into a career, Gary formed a band and began performing in and around the Nashville area, winning the National Budweiser Showdown. In 1992, he answered an audition call and earned the lead singer role for the newly signed R&B group, “Silk.” Their career began with the success of the decade's most memorable single, the legendary "Freak Me," which was a chart topper across the board for months.
The song was one of their many releases from their 1993 debut album “Lose Control.” With new musical presence, Gary established himself as a multi-talented songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist, resulting in phenomenal success for the group. Their success spanned the globe with more than five million records sold. The success of their sophomore album, Silk, led to the follow-up, “Tonight”. Remaining consistent, they released four more albums, their most recent “Quiet Storm.” Gary gained national recognition with his appearances on Jay Leno, Regis and Kathi Lee, MTV, BET, Soul Train, Jenny Jones, Ricky Lake, Moesha, Showtime At The Apollo, Motown Live, to name a few. Achieving international acclaim, Gary has toured throughout the world in such countries as Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Currently touring in various venues throughout the US, Gary is establishing himself in a class with a few of today's hottest artists who share the title of pure musicianship. His audience is a collection of those who appreciate his organic talent, untouched or restricted by the power of this industry that so often molds an artist into its own vision while losing the individual identity; value true artistry and well-composed songs with expressive lyrics; take pleasure in an electrifying live performance, with the rich vocals of a full octave range and the intense sounds of live instruments. This is real entertainment! Although Gary studied theater in school, co-starring in "Hello! Dolly" and “Harvey,” he made his professional debut in 1997 in the production of "Sneaky". He has since appeared in numerous musicals and films, such as “Sleepy Hollow,""Fake Friends," ”Perilous Times," “Secret Lovers," What Men Don't Tell” and The Hit Stage Musical “Love Jones.” More recently, the popular Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion” and The Hit Stage Play“ Momma’s Boy,” which toured 34 cities in the course of 3 months.
In 2017 Silk was awarded the 2017 BET Awards as well as the 2017 Trumpet Awards. Keeping his presence known, Gary known globally as Lil G has embraced another alias (G7) with a fascinating story behind the name. G7 is releasing his new project, “No Parole” which will be released in 2018. The group Silk celebrates 25 years this coming March, in which Silk will be hosting a celebration in honor of their 25 years of success in the music industry. The lyrical genius is on a mission, so get ready!