Singer/Song writer for Sawyer Brown
Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard is a singer/songwriter for the legendary country music group Sawyer Brown. Sawyer Brown first gained national attention in 1983 when they participated on Star Search, where they won the grand prize of $100,000 and a recording contract with Capitol Records. Their first album was issued in 1985 and included their first #1 country single, "Step That Step". To date, Sawyer Brown has released 20 studio albums, of which three have been certified gold in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 copies. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three #1 singles. Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music.
He showed interest in music early, beginning his piano lessons in second grade. He played and sang in the dream lake ukulele band, which performed for such audiences as the Florida folk festival and music educators' conference. He also sang the role of Amahl in the Dream Lake Production of `Amahl and The Night Visitors'.
At Apopka Junior High Hubbard was in the band and was the accompanist for the chorus. His musical activities continued at Apopka High School, where he played in the band and was in the chorus, performing in featured roles in the annual Showboat Productions, in which Mark Miller also appeared. Little did the two of them dream what the future held.
Gregg did not confine his musical participation to school by any means. He was the pianist for the Apopka Presbyterian Church, where he also sang in the choir.
Involvement in music was only a part of Gregg's school life. In high school Hobie was a student council officer for both his junior and senior years, and he was active in a variety of clubs, He was an honor student, and he is particularly proud of the fact that his graduation class voted him outstanding senior for that year. His name is on a plaque in the office of Apopka High School. In addition, he was the chamber of commerce star student from his Congressional District.
Drama was another major interest of Gregg's. He had roles every year in High School, but he mostly enjoyed the comedy ones. He was also active in the Apopka Community Theater as both actor and director. And he performed at the Ice House Theater in Mount Dora, Florida.
Gregg graduated with honors from Seminole Community College and then went on to the University Of Central Florida. It was there when Hobie and Mark decided to head out to Nashville and seek out their fortunes in country music---and the rest is history.
Gregg's parents are both High School English Teachers and thus have a lifestyle foreign to that of a busy musician. But they are proud of Gregg and Sawyer Brown and enjoy seeing the group every chance they get. Gregg's brother Glenn and his wife, Connie, share in the pride of Sawyer Brown's accomplishments and they have enjoyed seeing the group perform.