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JAG

Rock
Houston, Texas, USA

JAG was a Christian rock band that recorded during the early 1990s. The band's name is an acronym for the band's founder and lead singer, John Allan Garies.

John “Johnny” Allan Garies, Jr. (November 11, 1952 – August 5, 2007) was born in Houston, Texas to John A. “Oscar” Garies, Sr. and Shirley A. (Gray) Garies, one of three children (Michael and Wendy, his two siblings). Garies started playing drums at age 10 and taught himself to play guitar and piano. Graduating in 1971 from Channelview High School in Harris County, Texas, John attended Texas A&M University. He married his wife, Ricka Cox around 1973, with whom he had two children, John Joel and Annie Grace.

Building on his passion for music, Garies formed JAG in the late 1980s. JAG's original lineup for their 1990 debut, The Longest Road included guitarist J. Paul Brittain, guitarist and keyboardist Joel McCreight, bassist Tim Hall, drummer Chuck Connor, and Garies on lead vocals. Their 1991 follow up The Only World in Town traded McCreight for Michael Lusk and featured additional help from drummer Chris McHugh and guitarists, Jim Williams, Dale Oliver (originally of Geoff Moore's band), and Giant's Dann Huff. Produced by frequent CCM-session keyboardist Blair Masters, JAG's final album, Fire in the Temple, featured songs written by Garies, and the likes of Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl and performed by players Gordon Kennedy, Chris McHugh and Tommy Sims, all of whom were current or former members of the group Whiteheart, a band's sound to which JAG is oft-compared.

Beyond life as a recording artist and songwriter, Garies once owned Garies Enterprises and a franchise of Precision Tune Shops in North Carolina and South Carolina. Upon his death from liver disease on August 5, 2007, Garies worked for Coach USA.

Discography

1989 Jag and the Bite Shake It Off (single)
1990 JAG The Longest Road Wave Records
1991 JAG The Only World in Town Benson Records
1992 JAG Fire in the Temple Benson Music Group

Shake It Off

1989 Independent

John Allan Garies

  1. Shake It Off

The Longest Road

1990 Wave Records (BBKD1004)

John Allan Garies - Lead vocals
Paul Brittain - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Joel McCreight - Keyboards, rhythm guitar
Tim Hall - Bass guitar
Chuck Connor - Drums, percussion

Produced by Billy Smiley

  1. Highest Place (4:06)
  2. The Longest Road (4:32)
  3. Smile Minded (4:54)
  4. Shake It Off (4:52)
  5. Empty Spaces, Quiet Places (6:01)
  6. 21 Reasons (4:34)
  7. Father Forever (3:44)
  8. Even The Hardest Heart (4:29)
  9. Follow His Heart (3:57)
  10. The Other Side (5:15)

The Only World in Town

1991 Benson Records (CD02777)

John Allan Garies - Lead vocals
J. Paul Brittain - Guitar
Michael Lusk - Bass Guitar
Chuck Connor - Drums

Produced by Billy Smiley

  1. Hands Up in the Air (3:43)
  2. 40 Watt City (4:41)
  3. What God's Love Means (4:22)
  4. Two Worlds Collide (5:11)
  5. The Only World in Town (4:42)
  6. Sense of Wonder (4:59)
  7. Mastermind (4:01)
  8. Somebody's Watching You (3:40)
  9. The Last Time I Looked (5:11)
  10. Written in Stone (4:33)

Fire in the Temple

1992 Benson Music Group (84418-2870-2)

John Allan Garies - Lead vocals, backing vocals
J. Paul Brittain - Guitar, vocals, backing vocals
Michael Lusk - Bass, backing vocals
Chuck Conner - Drums

Produced by Billy Smiley

  1. Stand by Love
  2. Invisible Man
  3. Streams in the Desert
  4. Long Lost Friend
  5. I Keep Coming Back
  6. Fire in the Temple
  7. Mine, Mine, Mine
  8. Land of the Living
  9. 1000 Words
  10. A Circle Unbroken