After a childhood filled with music as a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, and studies in ceramics and education at college, David signed first to Red Bus/EMI music, then to PVK records with soul/folk singer Harvey Morgan in Indian Summer. An invitation to join Indie Rock band The Sensible Jerseys resulted in a move to London. The band were championed by broadcasting legend John Peel, and signed with Virgin records. David went on to play for WEA singer songwriter Tanita Tikaram, recording and touring Europe and the USA with her. This was followed by European tours, radio, TV and promotion work playing guitar with the Irish jazz/blues artist Mary Coughlan.
In the early 1990’s he worked with EMI Artist Steve Booker, recording a BASF award winning CD with him and touring extensively throughout Europe, opening for acts such as Bob Geldof, Suzanne Vega, Clannad, Steve Earle and the Dukes amongst others.
While working on this project, David was introduced to Steve’s producer, Andy Piercy, former lead singer of After The Fire. They began writing contemporary sacred music together and working in the music team at their local church, Holy Trinity Brompton. When not busy with music and production projects, they began meeting at Andy’s flat in Notting Hill Gate, to write, record and produce new songs. This resulted in two ground-breaking albums of their time; ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’ and ‘Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.’
During the 90’s and early 2000 he recorded and toured with Virgin Records artist Julia Fordham, playing Japan, the Far East, Europe and the USA, touring with Sarah McLachlan on the Lilleth Fair events, and playing opening dates on Sheryl Crow’s world tour.
More recently he has been writing and recording his own projects, and working on the electronica albums Pulse and Flight with Mr. Don in South Devon. The rustic surroundings of a 16th century barn studio in Surrey were the location for writing and recording with Grammy award winning producer Kipper for the new album from Esther Alexander, Long Way Home. Late 2011 saw the completion of his first Hollywood film soundtrack, and currently he is working on songs for a series acoustic folk EP’s, which will be followed by an album in 2013. Songwriting trips to Nashville have given birth to new material co-written with Phil Keaggy and Phil Madeira, and in downtime he is learning Appalachian claw-hammer banjo with East Tennessee’s very own banjo genius Matt Morelock.
Session work over the years has included work for artists such as Madness, Micky Hart, Pele, Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Helen Watson, Delirious (Cutting Edge 1), Matt Redman, Chris de Burgh, Robin Mark, Graham Kendrick and Kim Hill amongst many others.
Three new recording projects are underway. The first one being produced in the live tracking sessions by Scott Minor at his vintage studio, using a restored vintage tape MCI tape machine and original vintage outboard effects equipment, a Neve desk, and utilising CLASP recording technology. This will showcase the new acoustic/folk/band project songs. Meanwhile work continues with Ben McAmis on the overdubs and harmony sessions. The second was recorded live at 5th Avenue in Knoxville with Will Reagan engineering & co-producing the live sessions, and will showcase modern Liturgical sacred music. Overdubs and edits are taking place during 2017 prior to an announcement of release dates. In addition, a string quintet and piano project, tentatively titled ‘Fruit Of The Spirit’ is still being recorded and is in the long process of completion. Never a dull moment! Stay tuned!
You can visit David’s personal website at www.davidclifton.com