Preston Ary is an aspiring singer songwriter from southern Missouri. With musical influences such Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean, Guns N Roses and Nirvana, he covers a wide variety of musical taste with his music. With his unique sound and undeniable lyrical talent, Preston hopes to be the next big thing in the Nashville scene.
Preston started playing guitar at the age of 16, as a hobby, shortly after that, he began to realize that his new found hobby was a passion. “I had never considered myself as the “musical type” says Preston. He was a 3 sport athlete in school. As all state strong safety and running back, he had 31 division 1 colleges highly interested in him to play at the next level as well as many smaller schools.That was until he suffered a career ending injury to his right knee to make it to where he would never be at the same level again.
During the recovery months Preston began to hone his skills on guitar and began writing. He actually found himself taking pride in his lyrics trying to find the most clever hooks or witty rhymes and lines to make my music stand out.
At the age of 20 Preston joined a country rock band called southern edge. The band heard him perform a few original songs at an open Mic night in west plains Missouri. Shortly after maybe 5 songs, they asked him if he would be interested in joining the group. It became a great decision, as the band was highly seeked in the area, and they got to open for confederate railroad, and the lacs.
In a couple instances. Those shows gave Preston Ary the same adrenaline rush he used to have every Friday night when he played ball. “I began to fall in love with the music scene more and more. As I continued to write and grow as an artist and a performer, I began working on solo projects in friends garages and using all my hard earned money to try to create an album.” says Preston
After 5 years of putting in money to record his songs the best Preston could, he met Cathy Lemmon, who runs an artist development business. Cathy helped him to meet Kent Wells, and a few local writers in Nashville. Preston spent a week writing songs and picking out his favorites to record with Mr wells. He spent the last bit of his hard earned money and hoped that his songs would finally come to life.
“Mr. Wells surpassed my expectations with his production and turned my dreams into reality when I heard the finalized work of the songs that I had written.” says Preston. All of the garage recordings and garage band sessions had no comparison. “I figured i may actually have a chance at this.” says Preston. When he heard the final mix of Hide and Seek in which he co-wrote with Bill Diluigi, he knew it was a potential number 1.
Preston says “I know i have at least 3 more songs as good if not more, but I can not release them with low end quality that will not do the songs justice. I will continue to save my money to eventually finish a professional album. As of right now, I have 4 fantastic professional mixes, and many other songs that I previously had recorded and many that have not been heard by the public. I’m going to continue writing and singing, as well as finish my biology degree at Central Methodist University. That way of the Nashville life does not pan out the way I pray it does, I will still be able to spend my time being a biologist in the field of conservation.”