After the tragic death of the band's keyboard player caused the group to disband, Gibbons, now 19, used his winnings from a local talent show to finance a trip to Australia's Gold Coast. Confident enough to talk his way into a steady paying gig at a Gold Coast beach bar, Gibbons spent nine sun-baked months entertaining patrons at night and lazing on the beach during the day. When his Vancouver friend Ken Kirschner arrived down under, the two decided to team up professionally to put their own spin on the sunny, California-influenced pop a la Seals and Crofts and America. Both were reading J.R.R.
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy at the time, so in a pinch they adopted the name "Silverlode" from Lathlorien's mystical Silverlode River for a Gold Coast battle of the bands - where they placed as runners up. Back in Vancouver, Silverlode cut an independently-released EP (produced by Doug Edwards - Skylark, Chilliwack) and then a sleek, full-length album with producer Claire Lawrence (The Collectors, Shari Ulrich) featuring some of Vancouver's elite musicians. The single "Sky High" became a regional and eventually a national hit. And the duo became one of Vancouver's attractions of the 80s, landing on the cover of the Georgia Straight, appearing on numerous television shows and opening concerts for the likes of Emmylou Harris, the McGarrigles, David Crosby, The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko, The Little River Band, and Leo Sayer. Though the band was wooed by major labels from Toronto and New York, Silverlode's brand of harmony-laden, radio-friendly pop fell between the cracks in an era when punk and new wave rock was at their zenith. (Silverlode's recorded output was reissued as Sky High: The Best of Silverlode by Bullseye Records in 2001 www.bullseyecanada.com). Back on his own in the 90's, Gibbons was again plying his trade as a working musician and honing his craft as a songwriter in the vein of Gram Parsons, the Eagles and John Hiatt.
Those influences were present on his eponymous solo debut, co-produced by guitar ace Robbie Steininger (best known at the time for his work with the Sue Medley Band) and recorded in the live-off-the-floor vein of John Hiatt's Bring The Family. A distribution deal with Sony Music in Germany and video airplay for three of the albums tracks "Just What I Am," "House of Horrors" and "Cant Curse The Rain" on CMT in Europe and Canada sowed the seeds for Geoff's next album - Love Tattoos. It came together over a three-year period with assists from such stalwart local players as Steininger, k.d. langs back-up vocalist Sue Leonard, Spirit of the West's Vince Dietrich and Linda McCrae and star Vancouver bassist Rob Becker. "Love Tattoos got me some critical recognition, which felt tremendously satisfying" says Gibbons.
With CMT and Much More Music giving support for the videos "Bones On The Road" (with award winning director Brian Johnson) and "Living" the album made an initial buzz as an independent before being picked up in 2000 by the Toronto-based record company Song Corp. Notable live dates at the time saw Geoff open for The Odds and for T-Bone Burnette. When not focused on his own music, Gibbons has been involved in a variety of outside projects as a producer, arranger and singer. Back in the Silverlode era, his vocals were in demand by Vancouvers jingle industry and such clients as Labatt's, Dallas Daily News, Growers Cider, and London's tabloid The Star. He has also worked extensively as a producer/collaborator/vocalist with many west coast friends and compadres.
In recent years, Geoff's songwriting talents have been recognized more widely. Gibbons has collaborated with artists like Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special-Lynard Skynard) Dawn Langstroth (Daughter of Anne Murray) and Top Nashville writers James Dean Hicks and Peter McCann to name a few. His skills as a songsmith have also been put to good use of late writing for TV (Higher Ground, Just Cause, Robson Arms) as well as animations (Mook, The Mr. Dink Show - winner of the jury prize for best animation at the New York International Film Festival) and a number of feature films. in 2010 Geoff composed the score and the songs for Lions Gate Film's "Wolf Moon" aka "Dark Moon Rising".
Geoff wrote the score and a collection of new songs collaborating with a number of artists for the project. Currently Geoff is working on the music for the upcoming feature film (pre-production) "Lido" due for release in 2012. Gibbons continues to write, record, produce, and play live at a number of venues around Vancouver and Western Canada. (Music available at CD Freedon and I-Tunes) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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