Despite making the unlikely transition, and enjoying various touring stints as background vocalist & keyboardist with established names including legends - Aswad and Gloria Gaynor, Gavin eventually became restless with it all, and concluded that it was time to develop his own ideas.
After a period of experimentation, Gavin independently released 'Brighter Day', which was picked up by 1xtra DJ Lewis Barker, and featured on the ‘BBC introducing’ radio show in 2008.
Gavin then went on to pen a 6 track EP entitled “Faith to Fly” which featured energetic guitars and epic vocal arrangements. However, Gavin swiftly noted that it was his emotive lyrics, spacious arrangements and heartfelt vocals that captured listeners so effortlessly. Consequently, Gavin retreated back to the drawing board to find a more fitting sound to accompany his unique vocal talent.
Years on, if we were now to look for a parallel to Gavin's own artistry, it would be the warm baritone vocal of Gregory Porter, or perhaps the fresh spin on yesteryears RnB music, brought to us by John Legend .
Gavin Holligan could be summed up as a 'modern day classic artist', delivering much of the craftsmanship you would expect to hear from iconic heroes of old.