A fourth generation of a northern
California ranching family that settled in
the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
near Big Bald Rock, (north of Sacramento,
outside Oroville), David was encouraged in
music from an early age by family, church
and school. Cowboy tunes, hymns, gospel,
folk bands like Peter, Paul and Mary, the
New Christy Minstrels, and radio rock
formed his early ear.
At age 19, yearning to know more about
Life, David put a guitar on his backpack
and walked from Oroville to the middle of
Kansas, then bicycled to Chicago, drinking
deeply of the varied American experience,
and singing his songs at every rest stop,
campground, park, and church that offered
an audience. It was a spiritual journey that
later led him to pursue a degree in religious
studies and, almost, a pulpit.
Soon after college, the New Christy
Minstrels gave David his professional
start, making him director of the group
for a 56-date tour across the United
States and British Columbia. He had
been a fan of NCM since the age of four.
Founded by Randy Sparks in 1961, NCM
launched the careers of music legends
Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Kenny
Rogers, Kim Carnes, Barry McGuire,
Karen Black, John Denver to name a
few among a host of extraordinary
In 2009, Martin Guitars celebrated the contribution of NCM to American music
with a limited edition NCM guitar, custom
designed to each member’s specifications.
David plays his proudly.
David has since toured as a solo artist
throughout the U.S., Netherlands, Belgium,
France, Denmark and Sweden.
“PopZinkle” is David’s latest studio
offering, released in early 2010. Previous
recorded work includes “Pyro”, “Carnival
of Stars” and “Birth”. A “Best of” album is
scheduled for release in June-July, 2010.
Like the teacher said, David “plays
well with others” – but especially other
Co-writes – Credits include:
“California Rain”, written with
David Geordie Garriock, recorded by
Red Squares’ “Latest/Greatest” 40th
anniversary album (Denmark).
“A Beautiful Way to Drown”, written
with and recorded by Simon Lynge and
featured on Simon’s debut Lo-Max Records
release, “The Future”. “Drown” was also
featured in the soundtrack for the indie
film “Young, Single and Angry” (2006).
“Jamison Brown”, written with and
recorded by Robyn Landis. “Brown” was
among the most played songs on folk radio
in October, 2009.
Bands — David is also a member of
Everything Divine, an “L.A. super-group”
(Pasadena Weekly) with Bright Blue Gorilla’s Michael Glover & Robyn Rosenkrantz,
and performing songwriters Mark Davis
and Brett Perkins. In 2000 the group
released an EP, “Family Vacation”.
Everything Divine continues to perform
whenever chance brings individual tour
schedules into alignment.
The group spawned The ‘edited’ Trio
(Davis/Perkins/Zink)”, which plans to
record and release an EP mid-2010,
and will be featured at the Copenhagen
Songwriters Festival in August, 2010.
Theatre – For more than 17 years, L.A.'s
Open Gate Theatre featured David in major
roles in a long string of original productions
under the direction of Will Salmon.
Film – This fun work began with a
Kinko’s industrial short featuring David
as the“long haired professor” on the
campus of USC. Since then, David has
scored roles in five indie films: “If I
Had a Hammer” (2000, directed by
Josh Becker); and four films by the creative
team Bright Blue Gorilla (Michael Glover
/Robyn Rosenkrantz), including “Sister
Sarah Sky” (2004), “The Mind of Henry
Lime” (2006), “Karate Film Café” (2008),
and “Lose With English” (release
scheduled for 2010).