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On a quest for healthy pop music, Utah musician Guy Richey Gibbons has released an album that he hopes can have positive influences, especially for children. (Michael Gibbons)

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NORTH SALT LAKE – In search of healthy pop music the whole family can listen to, local musician Guy Richey Gibbons recently released an album in hopes the messages in his songs could have a positive impact, especially on children.

Gibbons describes music as being in his bloodstream, having grown up the son of the owner of Platinum Sound and Mastering Labs, the oldest and longest running commercial recording facility in the state of Utah.

“From an early age I was blessed with the opportunity to hear (the language of music) spoken and … I had the opportunity to sort of respond, if you will,” Gibbons said.

He began taking piano lessons at the age of 9 and absolutely loathed the instrument. He was thrilled when his piano teacher had to move away six months into his lessons, but changed his tune about a year later after hearing his brother’s friend play “Underground” by Ben Folds Five.

“Something cosmic happened and… my soul changed,” Gibbons recalled. “And it was like a turning point in my life when I saw him play that thing on the piano – I asked him that night to teach me that piano thing and within a day or two I had it memorized and playing.” it fluent.”

For the next few years, Gibbons played the piano five hours a day. He couldn’t read music, but he could play it by ear. When he was 12, he and his father co-wrote a song called “I Believe,” which was featured on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 2003 album Special for Youth.

Due to his young age at the time, his voice is not the one heard on the album. Instead, a man named Brett Raymond was hired to do the vocals. Ten years after the song was recorded, Gibbons found himself on Raymond’s doorstep and proposed to his daughter.


I’m making this record – to offer a pop/rock alternative to people of all ages, everywhere. Songs about love but not sex – pop without the profanity – music about life, true love and, well, truth.

–Guy Richey Gibbons, musician from Utah


Guy and Kelsey Gibbons share a passion for music, but felt discouraged from pursuing it as a full-time career when they first married. Instead, Guy Gibbons started a marketing company. In hindsight, he can see that he wouldn’t have had the same purpose behind his last album if he’d started it a decade ago, before his five children came into his life. Now his goal – to make music that families can listen to together – is inspired by finding entertainment that he’s happy to bring into his own home.

“I don’t think my 3-year-old needs to be exposed to the top 10 pop songs that are about unnecessary sex…but I want them to have love songs on their mind, I want them to be love songs all the time.” sing, and I want them to sing songs about life and struggle and going through tough things but overcoming through hard work,” Gibbons said.

About 6 months ago he started taking regular time off from his job to work on his album entitled In This Moment. The album contains nine original songs and one cover song. Gibbons wrote eight of the songs himself and one with his father-in-law.

Gibbons said the songs he wrote came from his heart and were about life, love, truth and things important to him.

“I’m just looking forward to sharing that with people,” he said. “I really hope a lot of families out there will resonate with the funny messages in these songs.”

Of his mission as an artist, Gibbons wrote: “If you browse today’s 10 best pop songs, you will find that most of them are offensive in some way. Vulgarity, disrespect/violence, immorality, drugs, etc… “It’s no small thing. Young people today are being fed full portions of this stuff and that kind of feeding creates some pretty cancerous problems. That’s why I’m making this record – for the sake of all people Pop/rock alternative to last forever, everywhere. Songs about love but not sex – pop without the profanity – music about life, true love and, well, truth.”

Gibbons shared some of the specific messages he conveys on his album, including the title track “In This Moment,” which is about learning to stay in the moment rather than just trying to get through the tough moments in life . He wants his listeners to learn how beautiful it is to enjoy the gift of the present.

There are a few songs on the album that relate to mental health, including one titled “I’ll Be the One,” which refers to people being there for their loved ones no matter what’s going on in their lives.

“I think this message has a lot of relevance in this mental health epidemic that we’re experiencing around the world today,” Gibbons said. “How many young people need to hear that and feel that and know that there are people who are there for you no matter what, we want you, we love you, we want you to stay with us. And we’ll be the one who fights for his life, even if you feel like it’s worth nothing, it’s not worth it. It’s for us, it’s for me. And that’s where this song came from.”

Gibbons’ album is available on Bandcamp and available to stream on any platform. To follow Gibbons’ music, visit his YouTube and Instagram.

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Meg Christensen is an avid reader, author, and language snobin. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2014. Meg is passionate about telling inspirational stories in Utah, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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