January 28, 2015//
Meet Gregary Griffin '13. More commonly known as Greg G or The Golden Child, the singer/rapper/poet/producer and UTSA alumnus is working hard to put San Antonio's music scene on the map nationally.
The path that I had at UTSA was so special. I had so many influential professors. I loved my experience and love UTSA.”
– Gregary Griffin
"San Antonio is a jewel undiscovered. It's the needle in the haystack that the music industry doesn't know about," he shared about the city's music scene.
Earlier this month, Griffin released a 13-track mixtape, The Feelin, the first project he's released since his 2011 album Gold Rush, which was named one of the San Antonio Current's top 10 local albums of the year. He's co-written songs with Grammy-award winner Toni Braxton, performed alongside rapper Bun B, toured across the country opening up for rock band Blue October and regularly collaborates with an assembly of talented musicians from a variety of genres.
Griffin's love for UTSA runs deep. In several of his music videos, he sports UTSA gear.
"The path that I had at UTSA was so special. I had so many influential professors. I loved my experience and love UTSA."
One of those influential professors was UTSA assistant professor of voice Susan Olson.
"I was lucky enough to have Greg in my private voice studio in my first year teaching at UTSA," said Olson. "He was already a good singer but was willing to do anything I asked of him to become better. His positive attitude and drive made him successful. It's a joy to see one of your students succeed in their chosen path. Greg makes a difference through his music."
Griffin started out as a music marketing major but ended up graduating with a degree in sociology. He feels that combining these two fields of study made him a better songwriter, a better leader and a better person overall.
Today, he's living in New York City, teaching music and leadership at nationally recognized non-profit Harlem Children's Zone, making music and gaining recognition. Most importantly, he's doing what he loves and making a difference doing it.
His advice for today's students: "Search for a major that is going to make you a better person, not a better career. Choose a career based on what you love and not what's going to make you money."
To listen to his music, check out Griffin's website.
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