Jonathan Gailey

Jonathan began singing at an early age, and hasn't stopped since.  "It was pretty hard for me to escape music.  My father is a music teacher, choir director, and opera singer.  My Mother plays the flute, and my Grandmother has one of the most beautiful, natural, singing voices you've ever heard. I fought the music bug from time to time, but I always came back to singing."

Originally from Illinois, Jonathan up in Georgia and got his first guitar when he was 18 years old.  "I remember it was an old Alvarez acoustic.  I think I paid $50 or $75 dollars for it.  I saved my paychecks from McDonald's to buy it.  It was a pretty good guitar, but I ended up selling it to a friend of mine, Katie.  It was her first guitar too."

Jonathan's music falls into a "roots" category.  "I've always loved the Blues and blues based Rock.  It's just something I've always been drawn to.  Man, I hated Country music growing up.  As I got older, I realized that "old country" is amazing!  It was easier for me to to get into Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and James Taylor type stuff.  For some reason, it just didn't feel as country as Country music.  Later, I realized how much Blues, Country, Folk, and Rock all lean heavily on each other."

Beginning in 2001, Jonathan began dabbling in bands.  After several failed attempts in finding the right fit, he started the band Five Long Years in 2012. "I had a specific vision for Five Long Years.  I don't think it was a new idea, but I wanted to play in a band that really put their own stamp on cover songs as well as original material.  We started out as an acoustic duo, created the foundation, added bass and drums, the second guitar player left, and we became a three piece band.  Being part of Five Long Years has been one of greatest experiences of my life."

In 2015, Jonathan and wife, Melissa, became the proud parents of fraternal twins.  As a result, Jonathan began playing solo acoustic shows for additional income.  "I love doing the solo shows, and was very fortunate to pick up lots of shows locally.  There's something about doing stripped down versions of your favorite songs.  Just you, a guitar, and a harmonica."

In 2018, Jonathan became the official manager for Five Long Years, and band shows picked up.  "I try to do solo shows whenever I can, but with the band doing more and more shows, I haven't had as much time to play them."

Jonathan continues to write songs, perform solo, and with Five Long Years.  He is also an amateur photographer, and enjoys photographing local bands.