Gerald Goode is a New York Metropolitan Area-based musician known for his incredible voice, dynamic production work, Billboard-chart-topping remixes and his long-time tenure as the lead singer of the rock band Simple Jim. With just one listen to his self-produced debut solo CD, “For Those Who Have,” it is evident that his passion for music is strong; his artistic vision - bold. The record is a refreshing return to Album - Oriented Rock; it flows seamlessly from song to song, along the way blending Gerald’s soulful voice with his brooding piano riffs, his often dark & reflective lyrics, his sweeping orchestral landscapes and guitar-infused electronica. Released September 2008 on Gerald’s own imprint Vessel Music, the CD is being distributed through online independent music giant CD Baby, and is currently available for download on most major online digital retailers, including iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and Amazon.com. Gerald served as the Executive Producer on the recording, which also features collaborations with industry heavy hitters Matt Martone (3 Doors Down, Our Lady Peace) & two-time Grammy Award winning engineer Phil Magnotti.
Gerald wrote and recorded the 14 track album in his studio over the course of the past five years. His lyrics deal with the topics he is most familiar with: failed attempts at relationships, addiction, the loss of innocence and death. "There were too many stops and starts during the recording of this CD," says Gerald. "I was distracted by a lot of personal demons during my twenties; I spent a lot of time with all of the wrong people, and came to learn a lot of lessons I would much rather have avoided, all the while trying to figure out who I was and what I thought life was supposed to be about. But coming out at the other end of the tunnel armed with more self-awareness coupled with this collection of songs...that made it all worth the while."
Gerald's voice evokes comparisons to Chris Martin of Coldplay, Darren Hayes and Sarah Mclachlan; his slick production can be lined up alongside the music industry's most sought after names without discernment. Throughout the record, Gerald takes on many different roles as narrator, from the jilted ex-boyfriend ('Mad') to the hopeless romantic ('However I'm Able' & 'Beautiful'); from the sympathetic companion ('True') to the insightful traveler at the end of his days ('When I Was Younger/Lament'). But while his lyrics often tend to lead his listeners through a reflective and dark spectrum of emotions, there is no denying that Gerald's expertly crafted melodies are simply sweet and unforgettable.