Nicholas Gunn is a Top-Ten Billboard charting musician. With a reputation as being one of the world’s best selling flutists, he is in the upper echelon of contemporary instrumentalists. A classically trained musician, he has released over thirteen solo projects, selling over two million copies worldwide, making him a double platinum selling artist.
Born in Rochester, England, Gunn studied at Great Britain’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music as a child. After moving to Southern California in his early teens, Gunn continued classical flute studies under private instruction. During junior high and high school Gunn played in the wind ensemble during concert season and drums and percussion during the marching season.
Gunn self released his debut recording Afternoon in Sedona in 1992. Re-released under record label Real Music in 1993, Afternoon in Sedona became an instant best seller at national retail chains such as The Nature Company and Natural Wonders. It was his second album, The Sacred Fire, released in 1994, that first landed Gunn on the Billboard Charts for New Age Album, where it ran for five weeks and peaked at number ten.
Taking part in Real Music’s “National Park Series,” Gunn’s third album, The Music of the Grand Canyon, was released in 1995 and sold over 100,000 copies in its first year. Once again Gunn found himself Top Ten on the Billboard charts for fourteen weeks. Outside of Real Music and the “National Park Series,” Gunn has gone on to release numerous albums influenced by the beauty of Americas landscape and parks, such as Return to Grand Canyon (1999), The Great Southwest (2001), Through the Great Smoky Mountains (2002), Journey to Yellowstone (2003), and Beyond Grand Canyon (2006).
On Crossroads, his fourth album released in 1996, Gunn began to incorporate a Latin influence into his sound, a theme which has subsequently embraced a number of his other albums, most notably Breathe (2004), Encanto (2007), and his up-and-coming release Thirty-One Nights (2012).
Over the course of his career, Gunn has consistently monetarily contributed to the National Park systems. Along with record label Real Music, Gunn donated a portion of the proceeds from each sale of The Music of the Grand Canyon to the Grand Canyon Association. To date, in excess of $130,000 has been donated from sales. Gunn also named the American Lung Association as a beneficiary of a portion of sales from his album Breathe.
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