Garcian Shares His Musical Journey Before Performing at Radford’s Annual BonnieRoo

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By Tyler Martin | tmartin100@radford.edu

One of the guests performing at this year’s BonnieRoo is a solo pop singer from Chapel Hill, NC, Garcian D’Cruz.

The Tartan got in contact with Garcian via email to see what he is all about, and what Radford can expect from his performance.

An Artist’s Journey

“I always liked to sing but didn’t really think it was going to be a big part of my life. I started out the way we all do – in the shower,” Garcian said.Being from North Carolina, it seems like a long way from home, but having connections on the inside goes a long way. “My friend Jason Byrley is the one who helped me set it up. He knows the event coordinator at Radford University,” said Garcian.

His journey through music has been quite an interesting ride, having performed in high school and college A cappella groups and the all-male group Smooth Progress at Elon University. Garcian said, “Since then, I have always enjoyed singing and performing, but have stage fright, so it is a love-hate relationship.”

Although having this list of experiences, he did not anticipate this to come about. “I always liked to sing but didn’t really think it was going to be a big part of my life. I started out the way we all do – in the shower,” Garcian said.

He lists some of his biggest musical influences as Life of Dillon, Jon Bellion, Ben Howard, and Quinn XCII, and says his music can connect to those who are fans of indie-pop, with artists such as Jon Bellion.

He says that he enjoys writing songs about personal experiences of his own or someone he knows, “I like everything to be based on a true story as they say. I feel like if I don’t write from experience, then I won’t really be able to perform and feel passionate about my own music.”

When Garcian performed at Elon University, he released his very first full-length album last year and has just recently put out his latest single Hollow Love at the beginning of March.

Garcian said, “It was a surreal experience (hence the name), and it was a very emotional journey as I got to see people enjoy my music.” Needless to say, releasing an album has truly been a huge accomplishment for him. “It was a dream of mine that I still, to this day, can’t believe it came true,” he stated. “I have [been] blessed with such an amazing music team that the process was very fluid.”“Surreal was an amazing project that was never supposed to happen,” said Garcian. The success of his single ‘Secrets’ is what brought the idea for a full-length album to life, and thus Surreal came to be. He tells us that after all of the success they began to compile previous songs he had released and put them together for an album.

Garcian said, “It was a surreal experience (hence the name), and it was a very emotional journey as I got to see people enjoy my music.” Needless to say, releasing an album has truly been a huge accomplishment for him. “It was a dream of mine that I still, to this day, can’t believe it came true,” he stated. “I have [been] blessed with such an amazing music team that the process was very fluid.”

Although as a solo vocalist and a one-person act in the studio, Garcian does plan to have a backup band performing with him at BonnieRoo.

Garcian mentioned that some of his favorite songs to perform live include, Secrets, Cocktail Dress, and Overload. “Everyone who knows those songs as the original Garcian songs and so there is always an amazing reaction when people realize I am about to sing those songs,” he stated. “Plus it makes me feel like a rockstar when I sing them; I won’t lie.”

Although you may not be familiar with his work just yet, he does plan to break out a few covers to get the audience more involved. Featuring possible covers by Post Malone, The Chainsmokers, Jon Bellion, The Jonas Brothers, and Panic! At the Disco.

Garcian states that for the rest of 2019, he will be doing his best to perfect his craft. He does look forward to working on new music and touring in 2020.


You can find Garcian’s music on almost every major streaming platform, like Spotify and Apple Music. Moreover, you can find him on social media on Instagram and Snapchat @garciandcruz.

BonnieRoo is scheduled for Friday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. so don’t miss out on a free event of arts and music and lots of fun.

Photo Credit: (Garcian D’Cruz’s Facebook)