Playing the guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, bass and drums, Jean-Guy Grenier – a native of Amos in the Abitibi region – is a multi-talented musician who got his first start at the age of 11 in Val-d’Or.
His mastery of the pedal steel makes him one of the most sought-after musicians in the world of country music. He works with many established studios in Montreal and Toronto and has toured with major artists such as Patrick Norman, Roch Voisine, Renée Martel, Édith Butler, Alain Morisod and Bobby Lalonde in Canada, the US and Switzerland.
In 1996 he released his first solo album, Go West. He is an integral “house band” member for several television programs including Viacountry, Country City Centre and For the Love of Country.
“Ray is remarkably good at knowing what is needed for a song and he always had great suggestions for musicians who we should approach to contribute.
Once we realized that we were both excited about introducing a Texas swing style or Hillbilly Jazz influence into some of these songs, Jean Guy Grenier’s name was high on the list of musicians we’d hope to incorporate into the mix.
Ray and Jean Guy have played together on many occasions, and lucky for me, the taping of the TV series, Pour L’Amour du Country was being done in Moncton NB. Ray asked and he agreed and while they were both in Moncton taping the program, Ray was able to set up a mobile session. I was fortunate enough to meet Jean Guy during one of the rehearsals for the program.
Jean Guy plays on three of the songs. The addition of his creative and strong pedal steel tracks certainly adds an authenticity to the overall presentation of the CD. Merci, Jean Guy.” – Janet Crawford
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