Dave was born into a family with a very rich musical heritage. He began his musical career at an early age. His mother was a concert pianist, and she began to teach him at the age of five. Music came naturally, and being around lots of gospel music (Dave's Dad was a pastor), there was always lots going on musically. Dick Anthony, Dad's cousin, was a WORD recording artist who recorded over 50 albums as a solo artist, with Bill Pierce, the 16 Singing Men and the family albums as well. Dave's Dad sang with many quartets, and was well known for his tenor voice. Memories of sing-alongs around the piano are numerous.
It was no coincidence that all of Dave's siblings grew up with musical abilities. Stu (the youngest) is a song and dance man who is also the Worship Leader at a church in Wisconsin. Darlene loves to sing and is an excellent poet. Dan is a studied jazz player who has done quite a bit of recording. Steve plays bass very well. Both Dan and Steve appear on this new album.
When Dave turned 13 in 1969, the sounds of the day grabbed him. Santana, Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, CSN&Y, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Grand Funk Railroad, the James Gang, Van Morrison filled the airwaves. Dave would bang away at the old Wurlitzer, writing songs when the house was empty, trying to play that forbidden rock and roll. Very soon, piano gave way to the guitar. The first guitar Dave played had a broken neck. The action was so high that it was really impossible to do anything past the 3rd fret. The G-C turnaround was played repetitiously until anyone within earshot was probably sick of it. For his birthday that year, he got his first real guitar, which was a Sears Silvertone. A friend showed him chords and some Cat Stevens songs. Bar Chords came easily, and "See Me Feel Me" but THE WHO became a favourite, along with "25 or 6 to 4". "Hope You're Feeling Better" by Santana was a favourite. Dave was on his way.
All through school, music was Dave's driving force. Eventually he dropped out in his Junior year of high school while playing with two songwriters; Glenn Kessell and Alan Dawson. Together they wrote many songs and were featured on a few radio programs. The actually signed a deal with ARCO records, which was then a subsidiary of Chrysalis. They backed out of the deal when they found out that all of ARCO's contacts were in the Country Music market. They were not a country group. It was a mismatch.
Eventually, Anthony and Kessell formed The Dusty Britches Band, which was a rock and roll band that did much of their original music at showcases, festivals and parties, along with a variety of cover tunes.
Dave married at age 19, and soon the demands of fatherhood brought with it the tension of following dreams and raising children. Kessell moved to Colorado, and Dave soon followed with the family in the hopes of making it work out there. Dave attended a local college there where he studied music and communications for a year. While in Colorado, Dave worked at a local Christian radio station, KJOL-FM. Dave hosted a Friday and Saturday evening program of Christian Rock from 10-midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
When the economy on the Western Slope of Colorado collapsed in the 80's, Dave moved the family to the Denver area in hopes of getting more education in music and becoming a better songwriter. Attending Western Bible College for a short time, the family moved back to Ohio and started over. Reading between the lines, perhaps you can see there were hard times during this period.
Dave rekindled a friendship with a high school buddy named Tig, and starting jamming. Within a couple of years, Steve Nye became part of the picture along with Dave Stuckey. We made a lot of noise in that living room. John Cundy replaced Stuckey, (who was actually a guitar player playing bass). The Band was set. Dave, John Cundy, Tig and Steve Nye formed Windfall Prophet in 1989. After two years they went to Metropolis Recording Studio and recorded three songs. For about 5 years this band played several dates in the Columbus, Ohio area. In February of 1995, Lorne Mathys replaced Tig, and the format was set. Eternity's Door was recorded with Mark Townsend producing in September of 1995. At that time, Windfall Prophet shifted their focus from bar gigs to Christian Music venues.
In 1999, Dave's divorce, his Father's death devastated him. By the end of 1999 however, Dave moved to Canada and married Sandra and took up residence in the Okanagan. Since then, Dave's journey of becoming part of the music community has been a difficult but rewarding one. Dave began a new career as a guitar teacher, and began to develop relationship with musicians. This led to Dave hiring Andrew Smith to help produce the new CD, Starline Episode which was released in September of 2008.
Dave continues to live and teach in Kelowna and Vernon BC. This year embarks a new chapter for Dave playing concerts again and promoting the new CD, STARLINE EPISODE.