Alt-country singer/songwriter Gregory Dwane has spent his life in the music industry, but he's only now stepping into the spotlight.
The music tech, producer and musician is preparing the release of his self-titled debut album, out Oct. 8 via Peacedale Records. Today, Holler is premiering the new single 'Gone and Changed', featuring Indigo Girls' Amy Ray. Listen below.
Against acoustic guitar, fiddle and pedal steel, Dwane sings about how his feelings for a person he once loved have "gone and changed". Ray's voice adds touches of harmony to the song, which starts meditatively but grows bouncier.
"This song is about reaching a crossroads in a relationship, and coming to terms with that internally", Dwane says. "The title is almost literal — the feelings that you once had had for that 'someone' have all but gone, and your relationship has changed".
Dwane tapped Ray, who he's produced in the past. "Getting to work with Amy Ray is like song school for me", he said. "A real lesson in what it takes to be a working songwriter. It doesn’t happen by chance — you have put in the work. I couldn’t be more grateful and humbled that Amy was willing to sing on a few songs for me".
Dwane was born and raised in Trinity, North Carolina, but in the early '90s he made his way to New York, where he played in various bands and developed an addiction to alcohol.
Things turned around after he began working as a music tech on a number of tours, including for Alanis Morissette, Dave Navarro, Macy Gray and Joan Osborne. On the road, he got sober but the pace eventually wore thin, so he stepped aside and began writing jingles and producing other artists, like Ray.
After 15 years of that non-stop work, he needed a break from music. Dwane quit altogether and began painting. But over the course of the pandemic, the creative pull extended to more than just his canvas. He began writing and the result is this self-titled debut.
Gregory Dwane is out Oct. 8 via Peacedale Records.