From Appalachian Mountains of Ohio to Europe and National TV! Country music has influenced many lives through the lyrics of the songs, but no one could possibly be more affected in all aspects of their lives than David Church. He is considered by many to be the BEST Hank Williams Tribute artist, but he is also an incredibly talented singer/songwriter/entertainer in his own right!
He is currently being featured regularly on RFD-TV's popular show, "Midwest Country." The show is broadcast to over 130 Million via satellite and cable networks both nationally and regionally. The show features major artists such as Bill Anderson, Jean Shephard, and numerous others. The producer of Midwest Country, Joe Jenson stated, "David has something special, that same charisma that Hank had. When he walks on stage, the audience is spellbound! He is our most popular act!"
"A Legend Froze In Time," and other original songs David has written have been played on numerous radio stations throughout the world , including the popular XM radio show with legendary DJ, BILL MAC.
David's father and uncles were musicians, and he listened to the sound of their music, playing the banjo, guitar, lap steel before he could walk. He was captivated by all the early songs, but the most profound influence on his life was Hank Williams, Sr.
Because of Hank, his life has followed an unbelievable path. David has been blessed to meet people from all over the world that share his enthusiasm for Hank. He learned to play rhythm guitar early and he started performing when he was only 8 years old. David's own buzz word for the traditional music he loves is "STRAIGHT UP COUNTRY" and he feels Hank's music is just as fresh and alive today as it was then.
A few years ago, after spending 10 years in bluegrass, He was performing at an RV rally in central Indiana. He had been asked to perform some Hank Williams songs. He met Terri Lisa, also a very talented country artist, who became David's wife and partner. They recorded an album in Nashville with several songs David had written. Their songs were added to the popular website, "MP3.com" and songs quickly went to the top 10 in Traditional Country. Many of the songs received reviews from all over the world.
Randy and Karen Shilling love country music, and particularly, Hank Williams. They asked if David had ever thought of doing a Hank Williams tribute album. "You sound more like Hank, than anyone we've ever heard." "Images of a Country Drifter"a historical tribute to Hank, was created. David was contacted by CMT, and invited to perform at the 50th Anniversary Memorial for Hank Williams in Montgomery, AL. There were many Hank Williams fans, as well as Mary Wallace, director of the fan club , and officials from both museums were present. Also present were Hank's sister, Leila, Jack Green, Stonewall Jackson, as well as other local celebrities. It was here that he met legendary steel guitarist, Don Helms, who is credited with the 'sound ' of Hank Williams. This was Don Helms' first time at the Memorial, and he agreed to play with David, using the same steel guitar that he used when playing with Hank. They received several standing ovations and many told David afterwards that it was the best tribute show they had ever seen. Mary Wallace told us, "I've heard them all and David is the best!" To David's amazement, Don agreed, and they developed a strong friendship. The possibility of doing an album was discussed.
In March of 2003, David recorded, "A Legend Froze In Time" his tribute to Hank Williams. Don wanted to make it special, something that people would want to collect and to his amazement and surprise, he recorded a 20 minute interview on the album about his life and travels with Hank.
David and Terri Lisa have performed all over the world. They have met people of all ages who share the enthusiasm and love of Hank Williams and traditional "STRAIGHT UP country music."
RFDTV's Midwest Country recently featured David and Terri Lisa performing original songs on their album, "Custom Made", and the response was just as incredible. Most of the songs on the album are written by David. They are receiving requests for copies of the album from DJ's for radio play worldwide!
The cd's are available at: Ernest Tubb Records, http://www.etrecordshop.com
Tower Records, and www.cdbaby.com. As well as on their official website at: www.davidchurch.net.
Hanks music is more popular today throughout the world than ever before. His influence will continue to be as much a part of our future, as it has our past.
David is a member of CMA (Country Music Association) BMI, and IFCO, (International Fan Club Organization)
"It has been an incredible honor and privilege to play a part in keeping the music of this legend alive. And the best part is meeting the people worldwide that still love the sound of traditional country music, and knowing that I can bring to life once more the awesome sound of a legend that no one can ever surpass."