Greg Bailey is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and bassist. He has been the bassist of Petra since 2002. Although the band retired officially in 2005, they have continued to play sporadic shows.
Bailey started his musical career playing in orchestra, jazz bands, and rock groups while studying Electrical Engineering. In 1995, after graduating from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, Bailey moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a musical career. During that time, Bailey performed with several local artists.
In 1998, Bailey joined a hard rock band called Stir, touring the US in support of the album Broken Tongues. In 1999, he toured with Michael English, and in 2000 played cello for Sixpence None the Richer. Bailey also recorded and toured with solo artist Devin Webb.
Bailey joined Petra late in 2001, after hearing from a friend that there might be an opening. After that, he contacted John Schlitt and auditioned.
The year after he joined the band, Petra began working on the album Jekyll & Hyde. However, although already an official member of the band, Bailey didn't perform on the album because producer Peter Furler decided to use session musicians Phil Joel and Wade Jaynes instead.
Bailey said in an interview that he was "disappointed" and that at the time he found out he wasn't playing, "the bass tracks were almost finished." Still, Bailey contributed background vocals as well as his songwriting to the album. He co-wrote the song "Would'a, Should'a, Could'a", along with band founder Bob Hartman.
In 2005, Bailey performed with the band during the recording of their final album, Petra Farewell. Aside of playing bass and singing background vocals, Bailey played the cello during the acoustic set they performed with original singer Greg X. Volz.
After the band retired in 2005, Bailey has continued to perform sporadic shows with the band. He is also part of the 40th Anniversary Tour, which started in 2013. That same year, he played bass for Petra's new song, "Holy Is Your Name", which was included in the 40th Anniversary compilation album.
Aside from Petra, Bailey worked as a Media Engineer for a church in Franklin, Tennessee. After that, he has been working as an audio engineer for a local studio.
In 2017, John Lawry asked Bailey to record cello for an album from CPR, a musical project which featured former Petra members Greg X. Volz, Louie Weaver, Ronny Cates, and Lawry himself, along with guitarist Kirk Henderson. When Cates left the band in 2018, he was asked to join as a permanent bassist.