Gary Jules is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sometimes journalist and farmer from San Diego, California, currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. His remake of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” for the film Donnie Darko was a worldwide chart phenomenon, and has since become part of the collective postmodern social fabric. Gary’s song “Falling Awake” reached #2 on Billboard Magazine’s Top 100 after being featured in a popular episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
His music has appeared in feature films, documentaries, television shows, and in advertising and even political campaigns. The video for “Mad World”, directed by Michel Gondry, has more than 150 million online views. Jules has performed live all over the world -- theaters with Jack Johnson, arenas with French pop superstar Mylene Farmer, and stadiums with Bob Dylan. He was the originator of live music at the now iconic Hotel Café in Hollywood, where he and his band had a two-year Tuesday night residency, and where he was the original booker and organizer, giving many young artists their first West Coast exposure.
In recent years Jules has written for Vogue magazine and the Los Angeles Times, including op-ed pieces eulogizing David Bowie and Tom Petty. Gary and his wife moved from Southern California to Asheville, where they are raising a family and growing the ingredients for an all-natural skincare line on their own organic herb farm. Jules built a home studio in Asheville and is currently working on his fifth full-length studio album, Soledad, with plans for touring and a live album coming soon. In March 2019 Gary completed a libretto for “What’s Going On,” a musical about the dramatic impact of American soul music in France in the 1970s. The project is a developing collaboration with French producers, actors, and a live band of 25 of France’s finest studio musicians and singers.