Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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December 21, 2012

Giving back God's gift of music

Avon teen finds calling early

AVON — Life didn't start too easily for Garrett Godsey.

The 16-year-old Avon High School junior spent the first week of his life in Riley Hospital for Children. He had fluid in his lungs.

"It was fairly serious," said Godsey, seated on a couch in his parents' basement. "They called me a miracle baby because they said I shouldn't have survived."

He credits God for saving him. He's had no related problems since. In fact, what makes it even more impressive is that Godsey has embarked on a music career for the last four years, with continually impressive results.

"Maybe that had something to do with it - strong lungs," he said of his survival and now burgeoning craft.

Godsey is surrounded by framed pop culture posters and musical instruments. His parents' basement is a hub for his band's practices.

It's been an especially Merry Christmas for Godsey this year because his song "Grown Up Christmas List" was listed as an "add" for Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart. It's available for purchase on major online retailers like iTunes and Amazon.

Not bad for someone who has only been writing music for about four years. Godsey's interest in music goes back much further than that though. His parents were always playing music around the house and Godsey has been singing as long as he can remember.

"I realized what I wanted to do when I walked into a store and saw a guy playing guitar on TV," he said. "I thought it seemed logical. Every cool kid plays guitar."

His parents bought him a starter guitar for Christmas when he was 7. Lessons followed.

"It didn't take me very long to get everything down - the basics," Godsey said. "That's all I really need for what I do right now."

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