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Cleveland alum’s star on the rise in country music
Dreams of what we want to be when we grow up don’t always come true. Maybe in part for some, but generally what we end up pursuing as a career is miles away from cowboy, astronaut, football player and the like. A lucky few realize that dream. And then there’s Dr. Jake Gill ’00, who hit the boyhood dreams jackpot by becoming both a doctor and a country music star.
When Gill is not helping patients achieve optimum wellness at his Hutchinson, Kan., chiropractic practice, you can find him on stage singing songs from his 2012 debut album. His passion for music was instilled in him in his early childhood by his dad, who was a music teacher.
“Music was always in the house,” Gill said. “When I was in grade school, I was singing in church and played a couple different instruments. Then, in high school, I won a few talent shows, and even won one in college. It was at Cleveland in 1999 with fellow 2000 graduate Dr. Kimberly Hunt. I haven’t seen her since graduation. Maybe we can do a reunion duet soon!”
Gill said while he has his dad to thank for getting him interested in music in general, it’s his grandpa that got him hooked on country.
“Country music was always on in my grandpa’s truck and tractor,” Gill said. “It was on one of those rides, listenting to country, when he taught me to whistle between my teeth. So it started with Grandpa, and when Garth Brooks hit the scene with ‘The Thunder Rolls,’ and I saw the excitement in the crowd, I started dreaming then.”
It could be said that Gill is a rising star in both chiropractic and country music. Practicing with his brother, Dr. Josh Gill ’07, patients at Gill Chiropractic & Acupuncture offer glowing testimonials of how the care they’re receiving is changing their lives.
Outside his clinic, other amazing results are occurring. The single, “Say It...Goodbye” off his debut album recently won a songwriters contest that landed him on the main stage at the Country Stampede music festival, opening up for headliners Jason Aldean and Jake Owen.
“Perfoming at the Country Stampede was surreal,” Gill said. “I wasn’t nervous for a moment. My band and I were treated like royalty the whole weekend. It was a really nice reward for a year’s worth of hard work.”
Gill said he is blessed to be realizing success in his dual career in chiropractic and country music.
“I’m grateful for everything in my life, and that includes this profession,” Gill said. “Building my chiropractic practice was hard work and it prepared me for the harsh realities in professional music. It’s a long road, but it will be worth it.”
When Gill’s not healing patients or entertaining fans, he spends time on the farm with his family. He also tends horses and pursues other hobbies.
“I try to keep my horses in shape by team roping and riding around the farmstead with my kids,” Gill said. “I also still work out
like a maniac. It’s kind of like an addiction, but a good one.”
Gill’s practice in Hutchinson also serves Inman, Stafford, St. John and Sylvia, Kan. His album can be purchased in his clinic or on iTunes.
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