David Shoaf is a very important part of His Light. He is the band and the singers. He created the Jukebox Gospel sound, arranged the music and is 99% of what you hear. David chose to release this album under the name, His Light, instead of his own name. The name His Light is a phrase that David owns. He says, " It's not about me, it's about Jesus and as children of God, we are all His Light." David was born at a very early age in Salisbury North Carolina early one Christmas morning in 1956. Starting at birth, David seemed to do things a little differently than everyone else. He was born on Christmas Day and he was supposed to be a girl. He didn't have a name for three days. No boy's names had been chosen. This could be the reason that his hymns sound a little different. Or it could be because he listened to bands like the Beatles, Iron Butterfly and Grand Funk Railroad before he became a Christian. When David was a little boy growing up in Salisbury, music became his passion, listening to it whenever he could. Hiding in it at times, if his world became troubled. When he was still very young, something happened that would change his life forever. A friend showed him how to play a few chords on a guitar. He realized that he could play most of the music he was hearing. His dad took David to a few group guitar lessens and told him if he could learn how to play the song called, Wildwood Flower, he would buy him an electric guitar. A few days later, David played the song for his dad. His dad bought him his first electric guitar. The next big thing that happened was a little while later when David went to visit another friend. This friend showed David a new full size trap set drum set his parents had just bought for him. (He was an only child and he always got whatever he wanted.) The friend banged on the set. Then he let David have a turn. Although he had never played the drums before, David did great playing them. He played a drum solo he had listened to in his collection of music tapes and records. The neighbor became mad, told David to quit playing his drums and to go home. David then practiced playing the drums on a collection of different size boxes until his dad came through once again and bought him some real drums. Then came the bands. Acid rock bands. Then yet another major event would happen in David's life. He arranged for his band to perform in a talent show at his school, West Rowan High School. The band changed their minds and decided not to be in it. This made David angry. He went without the band, alone with his drums. There were around nine hundred people there in the audience, including his parents when David walked on stage, played a five minute drum solo and then received the shock of his life. He received a strong ovation, complete with hand claps, cheers and yells ! David said, " I don't know how long it really lasted, but it felt like ten minutes and it was loud, very loud." There was a band that performed later in the show. The drummer had no drums. David let him use his set. When he was bringing his drums back on stage and setting them up for the other drummer, the audience thought David was getting set up to perform again and the clapping and cheering started all over again. After that night, whenever there was any show at the school, they had David to perform in it. The high school band director had David to join the school band, even though he could not read music. David was around sixteen years old and he had just became a Christian when he drove to the Auther Smith Recording Studio in Charlotte, NC in his 1966 candy apple red Chevy van, along with his mother and all his music instruments and recorded his first two recordings on a 45 record. One was an old hymn and the other was a song he had written. David arranged all the music, played all instruments, including the piano and did the singing. During the session, Auther Smith came in, listened and said he was impressed.(Auther Smith wrote and owns the song called, Dueling Bangos. ) The songs David recorded were played on a local radio station. Next David went to Southeastern College in Lakeland FL. There he studied music and the Bible. He performed solo with his guitar and he toured with music groups that represented the college, playing his drums and his guitar. During his college years he met and married his first and only wife, who he is still married with, Susan. After college, David pastored a church in Lithia, FL and recorded at Bay Sound Recording Studio in Tampa, FL, owned and ran by Dan Smith. Here David recorded his first album.( This is also where the Turkey Song was recorded, Although it was not used on this first CD of David's). All the songs were written by David. He hired studio musicians to play everything, except he played his 12 string guitar and sang. The year this project was finished was 2002. During the making of this project, the Twin Towers were attacked. David had the ones who were printing the cover to place an American flag with the statement," Made In America" on the outside cover. Then David and his wife and family moved to Jacksonville, FL. Here he began doing studio work with Jamie DeFrates. In Jamies studio, David has played on other peoples albums, radio commercials, TV commercials, as well as recording his own project. This project would be David's second album. He said he would play and sing as much as possible on this one to help keep the cost down and record it quicker than the first album. After five years from when it was started, in May, 2009....Jukebox Gospel was born.
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