In high school David was an athletic, but socially awkward, below average student, who barely got his diploma, and hated music class. Hardly a future musician. His dream was not to be on stage singing to crowds of raving fans but to be backstage while someone famous sung songs he wrote in his dreams! Day dreaming was his profession for many years especially since stage fright was something so real it never seemed like a possibility that he would ever take the stage and sing, let alone enjoy it.
But after years building courage dealing with irate customers in the car rental industry and finally getting the nerve to record some songs in his home studio - his song 'Let You Go' got included on a compilation CD out of LA and he was invited to share his songs at the CD release party. "I was nervous as hell but excited at the same time to be on stage - and it was during that trip I got angry at myself for not pursuing music with all my might and letting fear get in the way of my dreams. So I came back home to Vancouver with a new drive to make an album no matter what".
And that he did, writing and recording 'Hard To Control' in his home studio and releasing it with success in 2007. It won Male Contemporary Album Of The Year in the Toronto Magazine's music Awards and had several songs take home honorable mentions in the Billboard and Great American Song Contest!
Early in 2009 'Things Left Unsaid' came out and had radio play across Canada with 'Hurts So Hard' – his first radio single and music video ever. 'This Is The Soundtrack' would be the next single that would receive airplay in Vancouver for a year as he toured in a figure 8 pattern from Vancouver to New York and back in his VW Jetta by himself. "That tour killed me but it was one of the best experiences of my life – from surviving a 720 spin and crashing in Wyoming in a rainstorm, to picking up a homeless guy in Utah and driving for 12 hours with him to Seattle, to meeting friends in NYC that would take care of me and who I'd end up touring with 3 years later – simply amazing".
Its been a long winding road for David as he released two more albums simultaneously the summer of 2012 – 'I Hate Liking You' a 5 song EP reuniting him with producer 'Winston' from 'Things Left Unsaid' and 'Stay In Touch' a full album again produced and recorded in his home studio. "'I Hate Liking You' – was an EP with songs mainly about failed crushes – seems I'm an expert at those!"
"With 'Stay In Touch' I wanted to give something extra to my fans that have been with me on my journey so far and to give a little message in the title to stay in touch with their hearts, friends and dreams." His lighter side of life come out on such songs as 'I'm A Slow Learner' and 'Let's Make Out' to his parody of the Old Spice Commercial 'I'm On A Horse' and his Canuck playoff anthem for Canucks fans from the game 7 Stanley Cup Final run in 2010 'We Are Canucks' – a song so popular it was played on the jumbotron of Rogers Arena throughout the playoffs that season to hundreds of thousands.
"I love making moments on stage to connect with people and I think about those moments when I'm writing songs. I'm blessed to be able to love people through my music and I intend to do so for the rest of my life – its what I was born to do – I just didn't know it till now."
- Stephan Moccio (Songwriter for Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus, A New Day - Celine Dion)"
"Such an unexpected pleasure…to move like that, sing like that, play like that, to transform yourself in front of my eyes and make you seriously hot before me…
the rhythm that you feel in your body that translates and permeates into the guitar is just absolutely contagious"
- Measha Brueggergosman"
"The second you think you know what you're going to get and are surprised – you are there for the equation to me is riveting - and that's what I was with you
tonight - you completely just channeled a cool in the moment guy – great performance."
- Martin Short"
"With his ultra-smooth voice and compelling emotion, Blair’s take on breezy 1970’s
California pop-rock is sure to leave first-time listeners more than a little wowed.”
- Jennifer Charlesworth, Georgia Straight"
"I find David’s songs compelling. They are full of strong intelligent lyrics creating wonderful
images and heartfelt moods, all driven by catchy musical hooks with simple but very good
arrangements. I am a believer that no one delivers a song quite like the writer and David is
singing proof of that."
- Dale Russell, The Guess Who
"Canadian singersongwriter David Blair holds nothing back…
Endearing and affecting, Things Left Unsaid provides listeners
with an unforgettable soundtrack for any occasion."
- Performing Songwriter Magazine
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As always, I give Free Hugs at all my shows (or even if you see me at the mall), but the people below deserve some extra love for all their help and excellent work with my projects.
Ben Van Kleek
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