MP3 david m. bailey - Lost & Found
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15 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Gentle, FOLK: Traditional Folk
david's story is one of tenacious faith and gentle passion. On July 4, 1996, doctors told david he had a malignant brain tumor and would be dead by Christmas. david left his corporate career and returned to his first love of songwriting and performing and set out to share the hope on which his life depended. Eight years, nine albums, 39 states and hundreds of concerts later, david and his music are alive and well.
The son of Presbyterian missionaries, david spent his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. He learned his first chords from his seventh grade English teacher, then went on to study classical guitar. david soon began writing his own songs and first entered the studio at the age of 13. The Lebanese civil war forced him to complete high school in Germany where he spent his weekends as a street musician; during these years he also formed a small ensemble that toured throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In college, he played extensively in an original acoustic duo, but then put his guitar away and entered corporate America. Ten years later, following his diagnosis,he returned to the stage in what has become an amazing full-time calling.
david's songs are reminiscent of folk legends like James Taylor and Cat Stevens, though he also points to the work of Kahlil Gibran and J.S. Bach as being influential in his writing. Strong melodies and intricate finger picking set a perfect backdrop for his warm baritone as he delivers keen and witty insights about his favorite topics: time, faith, hope, love, and dreams. Hailed as a "prophet with a guitar, " david pens lyrics that resonate with surprising depth and clarity among audiences of all ages, keeping his music both universal and timeless.
His story has been featured on CBS News/48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Fox/Health, Family Health channel, and NPR; articles about him have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. He was a 2003 Kerrville NewFolk winner and his recordings have received many other songwriting awards. Yet it is alone with his audiences where david finds his greatest joy: from Beirut to Budapest, from Pittsburgh to Portland, and on hundreds of stages in between, he has inspired and entertained thousands of listeners. In churches, conference centers and coffeehouses, david challenges all of us to live passionately and to treasure the beauty of each new day.
More information about david, including his his national tour schedule, can be found on his website, https://www.tradebit.com
david m bailey is a singer/songwriter with a spiritual core that runs throughout his music. Since being diagnosed with a brain tumor, david has discovered the subtle irony of the simultaneous fragility and strength of life. He takes this lesson and turns it into a gift that he shares with anyone who will take a moment to hear. If you are a person at the top of your game, you meet a companion who knows how much work and how many dreams it took you to get there. If you are one who is dealing with a time when your "heart gets rearranged," you meet a friend who offers words of courage, insight and hope.
In his new album, Lost and Found, david bailey presents the wisdom that comes with time while maintaining the vision that comes after life gets turned upside down. As always, david is prophetic and pastoral without being preachy or assuming. The songs are about life's journey. Our trek to find what is lost sometimes leads us to something fresh, like the values of friendship, the beauty of a new day and the secret of life found in caring for people around us. Lost and Found includes some classic bailey themes: time, dreams and gratitude. It also tackles more challenging subjects like reawakening love, exposing prejudice, and church politics (which are not unlike other institutional politics). The melodies dovetail into the lyrics in a way that seem effortless and natural. david's music stirs the soul, his words make us think, his humor makes us smile and his message helps us not miss the gift of each new day. david, thank you.
-Susan Goins-Eplee, University of Virginia Cancer Center
There are a number of singer-songwriters whose accomplishments far exceed their reputation, and high on that list is david m. bailey. It's a bittersweet kind of joy (to crib a line from one of his new songs) to encounter an artist of such insight, warmth and honesty, at the same time to realize that he has yet to be discovered by most folk fans around the country. With luck - and especially if he keeps writing the kind of uplifting testaments of faith, love and hope you'll find on this CD - his work will soon get the widespread attention it deserves. It is, to go back to another of david's telling lyrics, a hope that will not die.
-Bob Sherman, WFUV 90.7Fordham University, Bronx, New York
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