Stu Garrard (born Stuart David Garrard) also known by his stage name, Stu G , is an English guitarist, songwriter, producer and also an author. Stu is best known as a former guitarist for the British band Delirious?, who, for nearly two decades, penned many of the best known worship songs in modern Christendom. He was also a member of the distinguished CompassionArt songwriters collective, which also boasted heavy-hitters Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Israel Houghton.
Like countless wannabe rockstars, Stu G's journey as a professional musician began in his bedroom, learning songs of his favorite bands - Queen, Rush, The Police, and Led Zeppelin. After studying at London's Guitar Institute, he formed the Stuart David band, lighting up the London club scene in the late 80's, before rebranding himself as The Treasure Park. Stu quickly emerged as a sought-after session guitarist, which eventually led him to a young Martin Smith, who was leading worship at youth outreach called "Cutting Edge". The band changed its name to Delirious?, and after seventeen years and several world tours, they singlehandedly reinvented church music and the Christian entertainment-meets-worship experience.
Stu is currently a member of One Sonic Society, with Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, whose single "Forever Reign" has been a mainstay on the CCLI chart and Christian radio. In 2014, Stu recorded and released his first solo project Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars, citing musical influences as Radiohead, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Manic Street Preachers, Nick Cave, Blonde Redhead and Elbow. When not touring with Michael W. Smith, Stu is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals.
Stu lives in Nashville with his wife Karen, and has his first book, Words From The Hill, ready to be published on 18 April, 2017 which he got inspiration during trip to the Holy Land (Jerusalem). The book is being accompanied with an album, Beatitudes, which would be made available on 21 April 2017.