Glenn Symmonds

Artist Bio / Description

I’ve been playing music all my life and I’ve never had a day job! I have travelled the world doing what I love, which is playing music and getting paid for it! Here is a list of some of my friends I’ve made music with along the way: Eddie Money, Juice Newton, Etta James, Elvin Bishop, Robben Ford, The Untouchables, UB40, John Klemmer, George Benson, Joachim Kuhn, Davey Johnstone (Elton John’s longtime guitarist), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Automatic Man, Mark Stein, Dave Mason, Sheila E, Coke Escovedo (Santana), The Cult, The Peter Tosh Band, Common Sense, Big House, Pato Banton, Reggie Knighton, Ronnie Spector, Donovan Frankenreiter……..and the list goes on. T.V. shows include: Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, MTV Live, MTV Spring Break,84,86,87,88 , Solid Gold, Top of the Pops (England).

Here’s my Eddie Money Bio……”Glenn met Eddie in 1974 in Oakland, California when Eddie’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. He heard Glenn playing drums in the house next door and asked if he could fill in. They played together all over the Bay area for a couple of years before Glenn joined ex-Santana percussionist Coke Escovedo (Sheila E’s uncle) for a record and tour. Glenn also wrote three songs for Coke’s record. He then moved to L.A. and recorded and toured with many diverse musical groups including Steve Perry, John Klemmer, Automatic Man, Elvin Bishop, Dave Mason, Duncan Sheik and Etta James…just to name a few. Eddie and Glenn crossed paths a few years later in Hollywood where Eddie was going to record a song for the movie Americathon featuring John Ritter and he needed a band. He called on his old buddy Glenn and together they assembled a group of first-call musicians. They went in the next day and cut “Get a Move On”–it went to 28 on the Billboard charts. Glenn continued his rigorous schedule of recording, touring and songwriting, writing songs for some European artists…Joachim Kuhn, J.D. Drews and America’s 1 Ska band, The Untouchables. It was in 1986 while Glenn was with the UT’s on tour with UB40 and the Psychedelic Furs that Eddie Money, attending one of these concerts in L.A., noticed that the drummer looked familiar…like his old drummer, “Glenny.” He knew immediately that Glenn would be the perfect fit in his new band that was about to take on the world with the Take Me Home Tonight Tour which lasted 7 years ! Wanting to expand his challenges and broaden his musical vocabulary Glenn decided to get out from behind the drums and start fresh by learning a new instrument and becoming a singer.”

I took a short break from the sold out concerts and the next 10 years, travelled the country singing and playing guitar. Hotels, clubs, casinos and theatres mostly. It was a great learning experience and it gave me a foundation for writing songs about my travels.

I’ve just released my first album on iTunes…..”Southern Poets Trains and Troubadours”. I’m back with Eddie Money and touring most of the year. When not on the road, I spend my time in Nashville & Missouri where my wife, Brooke, and I have an 11-year-old son named Marley…..Life is, indeed, great!