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Posted: 07/31/2013 09:03:31 AM EDT
When David Whalen played his original song “With Me Now” on stage during the New York Music and Talent Showcase July 18 at Tammany Hall, his wife, Ann Marie, was at his side.”She changed my life over the last year and a half,” he said during a recent phone interview.
When he told the crowd the song was about her, they started chanting her name, and she joined him on stage.
Whalen earned an award for best live performance and wowed showcase organizer Yusaf Harris.
“(David) is a trouper,” Harris said. “He supported everyone, and when it was his time to get up on stage and perform, you would think he had a 17-piece band.”
It was just David and his guitar. The showcase featured hip-hop, pop and other genres, but Whalen’s Americana rock made an impression
“It was incredible,” he said. “I felt I had a good set. I’ve been playing music for a long time, but I hung it up. When Annie and I got back together, she pushed me into music.”
When David was 10, an uncle taught him a few guitar chords. That was enough to get him hooked.
He formed a three-piece band and started learning more from area musicians.
In middle school and at Hempfield High School, David sat near Ann in homeroom. She turned him down when he asked her to be his girlfriend. They remained friendly, but after graduation went in separate directions.
David played with bands in York and Lancaster counties during the 1980s. Then, he put his music on hold while he went to college, earned a mechanical engineering degree and pursued a career in that field.Ann went into the service, married a man she met while stationed in Germany and then moved to Alaska for several years. After she split from her husband, she made her way back to southcentral Pennsylvania in recent years.
Last year, she and David reconnected on Facebook. They decided to meet at a park in Wrightsville on April 11, 2012.
“We never looked back,” David said.
They married April 11 this year and settled in Wrightsville. Ann got David excited about music again. While on a trip to Hersheypark, she persuaded him to sing in the park’s Studio H attraction.
After that, he began to build a studio in his house and write music.
“I tell everything that without (Ann) I wouldn’t have written these songs,” he said. One of the tunes, “After All These Years,” is about how they found each other again.
David is putting his construction and design company on hold while he pursues a music career. He’s booked gigs at area bars and got advice from York Fair organizers about the entertainment business. He and Ann sent some songs to Frank Munoz Management, based in Las Vegas, which Harris has ties to. They got an invitation to the New York showcase.
“He has an amazing body of work of his own solo material,” Harris said of David. “He has a little bit of pop, rock and country. We have big plans for him.”
Harris added that he’s organizing a show for David in Las Vegas soon.
In the meantime, David said he’s working on writing more “music with heart” and hopes to record an album in a professional studio – with Ann by his side for inspiration, of course.
– ERIN McCRACKEN,
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David Whalen’s music is a melting pot of influences such as melodic elements from the band Journey, lyrical elements from artists like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, and the rock elements from Bryan Adams
All of these influences have been incorporated into the David Whalen Project sound. His musical genre is classified as “Americana” and his tag line: “Music With Heart” is the main theme throughout his music. His Heart felt lyrics, melodies and masterful guitar work in “After All These Years” and on “With Me Nov.” are great examples of the depth to which David strives to reach. The songs are very well crafted and allow the casual listener to enjoy the face value but the deeper more introspective listener to be rewarded as they delve into the songs arrangements, musicianship and most importantly the message and meaning.
David began his journey as a drummer. Gifted with natural born rhythm and timing as a youth, he parleyed his desire to express himself into the acoustic guitar at age 13. His Uncle Thomas was a huge influence and David’s mother interjected the early musical influences Simon and Garfunkle, Mario Lanza and Chet Atkins to name a few. Almost immediately David bought his first electric guitar and amp, and this created a spark and the beginning of his professional career. Playing with friends and other musicians, David honed his craft with early bands like “Storm;” and the “David and Eric Project”.
The bands performed at concerts, clubs, parties and variety shows. David improved dramatically and started touring with bands like: “Smoke McNasty”, “Odessa”, “Force Five”, “Fast Cookies’ and more recently “Tower”.
Tower was a power trio and David was the driving force, playing lead/rhythm guitars and singing lead/backing vocals. This is also the time that creating original music began to be his priority. “Tower” achieved critical acclaim playing a large portion of originals, which propelled them to play wit the likes of “Cheap Trick“.
David has now taken ALL of these experiences and rolled them into one dynamic sound. This incarnation is primarily about writing, producing and recording hi quality originals. With many bookings as a solo act under his belt and winner of the NYM&TS award for “BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE”, it is now time to explore a National/International tour that highlights his music
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