"I've been playing my whole life. My mom told me as far back as I can remember that I've been playing with pots and pans. My mom and dad are into music, too. My mom's into country and my dad's into classic rock: Black Sabbath, Lynard Skynard, ZZ Top. And so I've been brought up with music my whole life. Probably the first one was Peter Criss; I said, 'this is the stuff I want to do'."His first professional gig was doing the country music bar band when he was 16. His mother was the singer in the band. Rocky shouldn't have even been in the place but he was working for the band so they let him in, doing all cover songs from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, everything.
"With Six Shine we were actually doing some things. We actually got a little demo going with Jon Bon Jovi in New York. We were shopping for labels but it just never happened. That was one of the last bands I played drums in. Then I played guitar for a long time with Living Sacrifice. That was the last thing I did before Evanescence."The only training Rocky Gray really had was when he had lessons as a kid. That lasted about a week. Then he did the intermediate band in junior high. That lasted about a week. Rocky:
"The paperwork is what got me. I was good at the actual playing, but I didn't want to have to do the homework and stuff like that. I'm one of those guys, I guess."