"With a career that spans over two decades in the music industry, a double handful of top 40 singles, numerous television appearances, awards and nominations, acclaimed record producer, guitarist and songwriter, JK Gulley is quite simply “A master of his craft.”
As a performer, some of JK’s influences include James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and guitar icons Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Lenny Breau.
JK’s diversity and talents have recently been showcased on festival stages at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Summerfolk, the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, as well as appearances at Folk Alliance and the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.
In 2003 JK was invited to be a member of the legendary John Cowan Band as a Guitarist and Performing Songwriter. Cowan has recorded and released "Gulley penned" songs on 3 of his recent CDs.
JK says, “I have been a John Cowan fan since his days with New Grass Revival and working with him has been a career highlight for me.”
A little known fact is that JK is also the inventor of the Gulley Hook, an acoustic guitar strap accessory made by Levy’s Leathers of Canada.
The Songwriter & Guitarist
As talented behind the scenes as he is on stage, JK’s skills as a Songwriter, Arranger and Guitarist have lent themselves to recording studios in Canada and the United States with over 100 of his compositions recorded and released.
JK has seen chart success with his songwriting and guitar work on notable albums and CMT videos for artists Michelle Wright, John Landry, Gil Grand, Jamie Warren, Beverley Mahood, Diane Chase, Paul Brandt, Jason McCoy, Colin Amey, Tonya Kennedy, Ambush, and many more.
JK’s co-penned song “In This Room” by Ambush was nominated for “Best Video” at the CCMA’s, and their single “My Little Girl” which JK also co-wrote, continues to receive national airplay, and chart success.
JK was also a staff writer and recording artist for BMG and Warner/Chappell, and is the founder of the CCMA Songwriter’s Café.
JK’s latest production project, 10, 2 & 6 for Triple-A/Americana artist Mati Haskell is receiving rave reviews and airplay both nationally and internationally.
"Here is a debut record beyond anything I’ve heard before. Mati Haskell pushes more boundaries than many would dare on their second or third record, let alone their first. This record is astounding!"
- Maverick Magazine UK
JK has also recently produced projects for new country artist Kaitlin Kozell, and Roots/Americana artist Matthew Mutch.
JK has also produced a very special song from his catalogue for international singing star, John McDermott in honor of all service men & women called “Honor Thy Fallen.”
To prove his many endeavors successful, JK is a SOCAN and CCMA award winner, JUNO nominee, and has received several nominations for “Producer of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year” from RPM Big Country Awards and the CCMA.