In the early nineties, shortly after being awarded the designation as finalist in his high school state singing competition, Galen explains, "I went to my mom and I told her this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."
It was only a few years later that Galen opened concerts for Tracy Lawrence and Tracy Byrd in the spring of '96. The 22 year old amazed fans at both concerts with his dynamic stage presence and natural ability to entertain the guys and swoon the girls. Not long after, Galen received unprecedented audience reaction when his song, "Good Girls Love Bad Boys" was played on the "G. Gordon Liddy" radio show to an audience of millions.
Galen hit the road. For the next several years, he averaged over 200 performances per year, opening for many of the biggest names in country music, including Joe Diffie, "Ricochet," Michael Peterson, Montgomery Gentry, Trick Pony, Darrell Worley, John Conley, Johnny Paycheck, Rhett Atkins and Merle Haggard, and too many more to mention!
From here, Galen's path to stardom only gleams brighter: Galen is steadily becoming one of Nashville's top songwriters, with songs cut by major label acts including , Clay Walker, Luke Bryan, Larry Cordle, Joe Diffie, Matt Jenkins and Craig Morgan who included Galen's song, "I'm Country" on his My Kinda Livin' CD (2005) which garnered Galen his first GOLD Record.
Galen celebrated his first top ten hit, which went all the way to number eight on the country charts, "Country Man", by Luke Bryan, and had two more songs cut the same year "She Won't Be Lonely Long" by Clay Walker and "Sticks" on Craig Morgan's first RCA record.
Galen continues to write daily with several of Nashville's elite artists, producers and writers; Chris Dubois, Don Sampson, Kerry Kurt Phillips, Bob Regan, Byron Hill, Doug Johnson, just to name a few.
You can catch Galen performing at The Whiskey Bent Saloon on historic lower Broadway in Nashville, Tn. Keeping true to his country roots, he plays acoustic guitar and sings a mix of his original songs along with the country classics.
"This is what I want to do for the rest of my life." Looking back, better than fifteen years since Galen spoke those words to his mother, he has achieved his dream and more; and his star is only shining brighter each day.