Garcia and Scott will perform at Charles and Myrtle’s Coffeehouse inside Christ Unity Church on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. and a few songs during church service on Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. Charles and Myrtles is a smoke-free listening room that seats 80. Shows are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Find out more at: www.garciaandscott.com.
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Garcia and Scott performed at the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg in 2012. The duo says, “We’ve heard a lot of good things about the coffeehouse shows. We’re thrilled to be coming to Chattanooga on March 15.”
Contemporary singing and songwriting duo, Garcia and Scott consists of Dalia Garcia, who transplanted to Nashville from South Carolina and her native Nashville husband, Gary Scott. Since 2007, they’ve performed non-stop at clubs, theaters and festivals all over the south and Midwest without a backup band, forcing them to develop a sound that’s all their own. Strong lead and harmony vocals, topped off with Scott’s percussive guitar style and Garcia’s percussion, fill the bill and the room.
Although sometimes hard to remember, Garcia and Scott had individual lives before the duo. The lovely Garcia toured the world for nearly eight years with Julio Iglesias, singing the duet “All of You” with him nightly. She says the experience was, “a world class education in music. I learned that the world really is your stage.” She also had a record deal with Universal Music Mexico and toured Mexico and the Southwest U-S to promote her album, Resandole A Dios. Garcia is also a former Miss South Carolina. She was the first Hispanic to don the coveted crown.
In addition to playing music most of his life, Scott spent nearly 10 years in a public radio newsroom. He was a news director, reporter and producer working at NPR member stations in Murray, KY and Oxford, OH. Scott produced 12 national news features for NPR. He says it was good training ground for songwriting, “I learned how to tell a complicated story in under four minutes. A well-written news story should grab you from the first sentence and keep you until the end...just like a good song.” Scott is the son of an original Nashville Cat. Through his father’s work as a musician, Scott was fortunate to be around and learn from folks like: Johnny Cash, Ed Bruce, Alabama, Earl Thomas Conley and dozens of other renown artists and songwriters.
The Garcia and Scott story reads a little bit like a fairy tale. They had both nearly given up on relationships until fate seemed to intervene. It was a beautiful May afternoon in Paducah, Ky. at the 2005 Lowertown Arts and Music Festival. His band had just played; hers was setting up to perform. Scott also emceed the event. Preparing to introduce her band, Al Delory’s Salsa en Nashville, he saw her smile and gorgeous green eyes and nearly fell off the bandstand. As she climbed on stage, Scott spontaneously planted a seed. “I leaned over and told her I’d be willing
to change my name.” She was pleasantly shocked. He watched intently as Garcia performed. For him, it was over.
Months later, they were off to Oxford, OH where he’d taken a job as the news director at WMUB, a local NPR member station. She quickly started doing commercial work in the Greater Cincinnati area. They both continued to play music in separate bands. Then, fate came knocking again.
While Garcia was off at a commercial shoot one afternoon, Scott got a call at home from a musician friend. He asked if they could fill in for him at Little Sheba’s, a bar in Richmond, In. They had never performed together. Scott said “yes” anyway. When she got home from work, he announced the news of their first gig as Garcia and Scott. “I thought he was crazy,” Garcia says with a laugh, “but we worked hard and performed our first show as Garcia and Scott.” Though the sparseness was a little intimidating for them both, they loved it. And, the crowd loved them.
From that first show, their job offers seemed to grow exponentially. So much so, they were considering leaving their day jobs to play music. Fate swoops in again and makes their decision easy. Scott lost his day job in 2009 when the economy tanked. So, they decided to shoot for the stars and take their music full time.
Garcia and Scott have gone from a small bar in Indiana, to performing at fairs, festivals, concert series, opera houses and theaters in 8 states so far. Their goal is the world.
Garcia and Scott’s discography includes their 1st, self-titled CD, Garcia and Scott (2009) and their latest project, Down In Jimmy’s Basement (2012). Both are available for download on iTunes. They have 7 out of 13 songs written for their next album, which they plan to release on vinyl.
Find out more at: www.garciaandscott.com.