Gary Mitchell Layton (a.k.a Mitchell) is a touring guitarist from New Jersey and a graduate of the guitar program at Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in rock and metal genres, but is also skilled in blues, country, pop, punk, hardcore, and alternative music. Mitchell has been playing guitar in bands for a decade, and was the lead guitar player in a variety of different settings.
Most recently, he's worked on original material and videos with pop artist Rivkah Hope, and has done session work for singer-songwriter Michael James. Previously, he's completed a full United States tour with the electronic metal act, Hail Sagan, and he's composed original music and performed with the Untamed Project. Mitchell has gained performance experience and critique in a multitude of various genres at Musician's Institute, and has written for different genres as well.
After graduating from Musician's institute in 2017, Mitchell immediately started touring professionally in Hail Sagan. That summer, they completed a short run with Eyes Set to Kill, a month-long U.S tour as a support act for Mushroomhead, and a headlining show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas. He played for hundreds of fans, handled stage crew responsibilities like loading and unloading gear, selling merchandise, and staging lighting/stage props.
Mitchell also has songwriting experience with his bands Silverlake and Boxspring. He also has East-Coast DIY touring experience with his previous band, Despite My Pride. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Arts from Rowan University, where he earned summa cum laude, and a certificate in Guitar Performance from Musician’s Institute. He is a published author and poet, and has written for magazines like HM Magazine, Pif Magazine, Glassworks Literary Magazine, and more. He is professionally skilled in guitar, but has also done lead and backup vocals for several different projects. You can find him at a jam night around Los Angeles, or playing at his home church, Reality LA. He currently resides in Hollywood, California.