Georgia native Anthony David has spent his whole life writing songs. Now his riveting story telling, passionate guitar playing and stirring voice will be featured on his major label debut 'Acey Duecy' and introduce the world to Soulbird Music, a new venture between Universal Republic Records and the multi-Grammy winning artist India.Arie.
Anthony David was born in Savannah, Georgia but discovered the spark to ignite his artistic passions in Atlanta. "I had been looking all over the world for the right vibe to cultivate my song writing, explains David, "I found it here in Atlanta's music and spoken word scene. Atlanta is where my talent and passion grew together. I was able to find artists who connected with me. That had that same passion to create."
David said he did not have to look far or long for an inspiring friendship. "India (.Arie) was the first person I saw when I got out of the car from Savannah," says David ,"I thought she was cool and we were both doing our music and enjoying the scene that Atlanta gives an artist. There was never a time that we didn't hang out."
David wrote the song "A Part Of My Life" for Arie's 7x Grammy nominated album 'Acoustic Soul' and then toured with her in support of that record. Shortly thereafter he released two independent albums, 'Three Chords & The Truth' and 'Red Clay Chronicles.' Both albums received high critical acclaim, including Atlanta Journal & Constitution's rave "The best record to come of this city since Usher's," and earned David thousands of fans nationwide. It is a combination of songs from those two albums that make up 'Acey Duecy.'
David toured relentlessly in support of his independent releases, opening for acts such as Arie and Kem before headlining tours of his own throughout Europe and Japan. "While traveling around the country and Europe playing, I was able to soak up sounds from everywhere I went. I've just been able to grow and expand my sound." David explained. That sound, David refers to as "Millennium Blues" because it "all goes back to the blues. The lyrics, the music, my using everything from acoustic to hip-hop, the story telling...all of it connects through the blues like a bridge." David feels that his song writing brings a much-needed honesty to today's music, he explains, "Honesty in music shouldn't be very rare but it is. Like an MC saying 'I live the gangster life for real?' I live the regular life for real, I just make it look and sound good."
"I love Tony's music for how he speaks from a man's emotional perspective in relationships and his views on learning about life as a young man of the hip hop generation," says India.Arie. "He's a great talent and one of my oldest friends. I have so many memories with him. Not only did he encourage me to start performing professionally, but it was Tony who suggested I use my first and middle name as an artist. There was even a time when he spent his rent money for me to experiment in the studio."
Anthony David explains that the lyrics and music are all from personal experience. "I don't really know any other way to write. From the general to the specific, my music comes from a very personal place. That place is real life, the good and the bad. You won't hear a lot of stuff about chilling in VIP. I don't think a lot of people really relate to that. I don't know where that (VIP and drinking in the club,) ranks in the importance of everyday people's lives."
With the song 'Red Clay Chronicles,' Anthony David turns that spotlight of truth outward, and looks at the state of everyone's problems today. 'Red Clay Chronicles' paints a musical mural of the "haves" and "have-nots" in a way that lets you know David has experienced life as a "have-not" and doesn't glorify it. 'Red Clay Chronicles' delivers both the musical goods and a fair share of responsibility for those who are able to help improve "city life."
'Acey Duecy' gives listeners a little bit of what we've been waiting for from modern soul music and surprises us with a quality of original story telling we didn't know was possible.