In 2005, Gary experienced his first big single #1 hit with Joe Nichols as the artist singing "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off". Following the conclusion of his service in South Africa’s army, Hannan became a commercial diver, stationed on offshore oilrigs in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. During his leisure time, he visited Destin, Florida. One day he was playing golf on a course there and drove a ball into the midst of a group of players that included Mark Brown, A&R with Nashville’s Capitol Records label. The group asked Gary to join them, and when he mentioned that he composed country music as a hobby, Brown asked to see some of his material, which he eventually sent to a Nashville publisher. Gary began commuting frequently to Nashville, or joining acts like Montgomery Gentry and Lonestar on their tour buses for midtour writing sessions. Eventually, he moved to Nashville, became a United States citizen and made Nashville his new home.
In 2009, "Back When I Knew It All" went to #1 with the dynamic country duo Montgomery Gentry. Today Gary continues to write great country songs, telling his tales and inspiring new songwriters. Some of the artists singing his hit wonders today are Montgomery Gentry, Darryl Worley, Michael Peterson, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Joe Nichols, Richie McDonald of Lonestar, and Hot Apple Pie to name a few. Some of his best times in songwriting have come from co-writing sessions with members of Bread, Mötley Crüe, Firefall, Rascal Flatts, Blues Brothers, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and many others!
2010 has already sparked the continuance of an incredible year and journey. Along with a number of cuts on major artists, Gary began 'Beer for Breakfast' an event for celebrity songwriters and up and coming songwriters to meet and share the stage. In 2011, Gary announced that he is working on his first solo album. Please stay tuned for new developments and check his calendar for his next performance.
Author, KYLE BRAZZEL, D. RENEE