"His songs are beautifully crafted contemporary pop that reveal layers of classic influences." -The Santa Barbara Independent "Jazzy hues and a pop groove that could be the reincarnation of Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Mr. Courtenay is a legend in the making." -Buzzine Entertainment Magazine "Across the board, David Courtenay's music has a message of simple reflection and a universal appeal. It's more than just good music." -Urban Mainstream Magazine David Courtenay's passion is bridging the gap between generations through music with timeless appeal. In the tradition of the Doors, Jack Johnson, the Beatles, and Paul Simon, David sings soulful songs that celebrate life, question conventionality, and express the emotions that arise from living in intriguing times. David began playing his unique blend of rock, folk, and reggae while majoring in theatre at UC Santa Barbara. As a trained and experienced stage actor, he naturally connected to his audiences with a strong and charismatic presence. After graduating from UCSB, he passed on a full scholarship for an M.F.A. at the prestigious National Theatre Conservatory and instead headed to Los Angeles to pursue his love of music. He quickly put together a band and played in clubs, restaurants, and lounges all over Southern California for over three years. In the winter of 2008, David decided to leave behind his California roots and try a completely different part of the country. He headed east to Chicago, looking to immerse himself in the vibrant music scene of the Windy City. With his deep, powerful voice, keen piano playing, and solid rhythm on the guitar, David is a performer with variety and stamina. Each one of his shows is different, with a unique set of his many original tunes mixed with fascinating reworkings of his favorite artists' songs. Taking his music to the next level, David has been submitting his songs to film and television production companies. The title track to his new album, Eloquent Cool, will be heard in the upcoming feature film Dark Honeymoon (starring Daryl Hannah, Tia Carrere, and Roy Scheider). With his increasing exposure and growing audience, you can expect to see David touring across the country in the very near future.
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