BEHIND THE MUSIC
How he got here...
Always musically inclined, David was born in
Covington, Kentucky and raised mostly across the river in
Cincinnati, Ohio. From high school on, David was constantly
involved in bands, including many hours of practice and many
efforts to find his style. David moved to Europe after
graduation from high school. Attending the American College
in Paris, he afterwards moved to Amsterdam for a year, but
returned to Paris and lived there for a total of 11 years.
During most of this time, he got by on his music, from
busking in the subway and on the cafe terraces of Paris and
other French towns, to singing lead in an 8-piece band that
played the hits of the day, to being part of an American
Folk/Country duo that performed for years in many venues
At one point, this duo was signed to Barclay
Records, a major recording company based in Paris. But,
after some time, and with no support from the label, even
after releasing a single, the duo found itself anchored to a
restrictive corporate recording contract and asked for, and
received, it's release from the contract. After almost 13 years
in Europe, David returned to
the States and settled near family, in the San Francisco Bay
Area, where he remained for the next 12 years. During
these years, he played in different musical variations,
including bands, duos, trios, and some gigs as a single
singer-songwriter.... all the while continuing to write songs
and grow as a writer. For a day job, he worked in the
restaurant industry, eventually leaving San Francisco for a
Restaurant Management position in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Living in Indianapolis eventually led to a week-long trip
to check out Nashville, only a 7-hour drive away.
“Hanging out in Nashville, and going to writer's nights every night,
was a revelation! Every writer's night was, and still is, a
lesson on how to be a better writer! And the people were and still
are so friendly, creativity is everywhere, the town has a
It was at this point that David felt his song
writing had improved enough to warrant a permanent move to
Music City. After a few more extended visits during the next
few years, David finally packed up and moved to Nashville in
the summer of 1999 and the rest, as they say, is history.