AFTER more than two decades of playing mostly cover versions to rough and ready, beer-swilling crowds, Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) nominee and Top Of The Pubs 1991 winner Gerard Singh is going to bare his soul — playing one night of original music at the swanky No Black Tie on March 26.

Gerard has been a pub-circuit regular for more than two decades, playing covers from the 1970s as a solo act, entertaining numerous requests for The Eagles’ Hotel California and Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight.

Since 2009, he has also been playing bass and singing 1980s songs for the five-piece band The Union in venues such as The Reef in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Backyard in Desa Sri Hartamas.

This versatile musician has also played with Top 40 cover showband Stainless Steel in the 1990s at Hard Rock Cafe and at Uncle Chilli’s in Hilton Petaling Jaya.

The Johor Baru-born man currently has weekly solo gigs.

He plays at 3 Monkeys, Klang on Tuesdays, Taps Beer Bar in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesdays and Thurdays, and with The Union in Backyard on Friday.

Gerard is a prolific songwriter who has written close to a hundred songs.

His debut album, A Slice of the Pie, was nominated for an AIM award in 2005 for the Best New English Album, while he was nominated for Best New English Artiste.

He also recorded an album called Social Animals with keyboardist Raymond Chia, under the name Big Game, which was released in 2006.

The one-and-half-hour show at No Black Tie, called Conversations With Gerard Singh, will feature music from the two albums and some new material.

Gerard, who has written close to 100 songs, will be speaking to the crowd about the inspiration behind his songs.

The 47-year-old has many tales to tell, including that of becoming a father to a daughter that later picked up the drums and perhaps even why he once trained to be a fire fighter.

Gerard will be backed by seasoned live musicians — Daniel Guerzo on keyboards and bass, Jingles on bass, Jared Chow on drums and Bada Fawzy on percussion.

Gerard is currently signed to the local Lakefront Records that has a record by US act Chrome Cats in The Billboard Indicators Top 40 chart, which recognises potential Billboard Top 40 hits.

Gerard is currently recording material for a new album and wants to target the Billboard Top 40, just like his label-mates Chrome Cats.

“I’m always looking for a bigger audience,” he said and will spend the second half of the year in the United States doing interviews and playing at radio stations

One mid-tempo song called Crazy has already been identified as a single to be released in the second half of the year. He will premiere it at No Black Tie.

Entrance to Gerard’s No Black Tie show will be RM30, not inclusive of the first drink.

No Black Tie is located at 17 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, KL. For details, call 03-2142 3737.