Greg Walton is a dynamic Christian musician and speaker with a mission to foster the love of Christ through prayer, word, song and, above all, belonging.
Greg’s mission, which began with participation in his vibrant church choir and soon grew into writing contemporary Christian music at age 15, has provided many unique opportunities to share his message of love. He earned his bachelor’s in music education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and went on to teach and direct music in the Chicago area. During that time, Greg performed his music locally until he caught the interest of Nashville industry professionals. After landing an artist development deal, he moved his young family to Tennessee; from the late 90s to early 2000s, he toured full-time as keyboard player for the Dove Award-nominated band, Polarboy. One of the hardest working Christian bands at the time, Polarboy performed 150+ events a year including Creation Festival, Kingdom Bound and Cornerstone with headliners like Amy Grant, DC Talk and Newsboys. As a token Catholic performing in mainstream Christian music, Greg found himself playing everywhere but the Catholic Church. He left Polarboy to focus on accompanying young Catholics. In 2005, he began composing contemporary liturgical music for OCP's Spirit & Song division beginning with his songs "King of My Heart" and "We Are His People," while leading retreats and programs for the young church. This work has taken him all over North America, Europe, Africa and includes two World Youth Days. Greg’s independent modern/rock alternative projects have received a total of 10 Unity Awards from the United Catholic Music and Video Association. Greg and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of 5 children, two of whom are LGBTQ+. He speaks to communities on inclusion and accompanying LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
Greg’s motto, “go where love leads,” is especially evident in his 2020 OCP release, “Eyes on the Cross.” He resides in Spring Hill, TN with his wife and college sweetheart, Mary, where they do their best to keep up with their kiddos. In addition to composing, Greg serves as the Electronic Evangelization Coordinator at St. Philip Catholic Church, Franklin and leads worship at Church of the Nativity, Thompson Station.
Education & Experience
- B.S. in Vocal Music Education: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- Presenter, Speaker & Musician: 30 plus years
- Liturgy Certification: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
- 12 Years as a Classroom Teacher: High School Theology (6 years), Vocal & General Music Education (6 years)