The journey started for McCoy Gibbs when his parents denied his request to quit band going into his freshman year of high school. Being "cool" took a back seat to being a musician. But that was the best decision he never made. The cool part happened when McCoy tired of the saxophone family and took a leap into percussion by auditioning for the drum line as a junior. After making the tenor line and then captain as a senior, McCoy never looked back.
After high school, McCoy decided to attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Choosing Belmont over the closer-to-home Florida State became the best decision he actually did make. The connections and education, as well as the practice rooms, helped guide and mold this young musician to find his niche in the saturated Nashville music scene.
Immediately after graduating college, McCoy simply started responding to 'drummer wanted' postings. As it goes in Nashville, one gig lead to another and the calls started to come in more frequently. Countless hours of making connections and cutting his teeth on Nashville's Lower Broadway scene, as well as hitting the road as much as possible, continued to build McCoy's resumè and prepared him for when the bigger opportunities came calling.
Influenced by an eclectic blend of bands and artists such as Tonic, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Stone Temple Pilots, James Taylor, Beastie Boys and Heart, McCoy brings elements from many styles to his playing. From the melodic alt rock of the 90's, to the straight funk of the 70's, McCoy provides a solid and creative foundation to the stage or studio. Currently playing for RCA Nashville's Pop/Country duo Love and Theft, McCoy has also had the pleasure of playing with Hot Chelle Rae, Phil Keaggy, Will Hoge, Striking Matches, Clayton Anderson, Jacob and the Bear, Travis James and many others. Feel free to keep up with his travels and music by following McCoy on Twitter @McCoyGibbs.