Allied with the "new-folk" scene, Nefesh's music is contemporary and infused with pop and rock influences. Folk that rocks. His clear, heart-on-his-sleeve voice travels easily from a gentle whisper to bold proclamations of joy or agony.
Music reviewers and listeners have compared Nefesh with artists as varied as Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), The Tragically Hip, James Taylor, Richard Thompson, Harry Chapin, Richard Shindell, and Gordon Lightfoot. Given this and his universal messages about love, loss, joy and heartache, it's no wonder that he captures the enthusiasm of college students and older listeners alike.
Nefesh obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and practiced psychotherapy for ten years before music re-entered his life in a big way. In January of 1999--after years of only rare public appearances and sporadic songwriting--he started an intense period of writing and performing, yielding close to 90 original songs and 250 appearances at various venues in the United States and Canada since that time, including TV and radio appearances, and airplay in Europe.
This is what the critics are saying about David Nefesh and
"...Gifted with a strong, emotionally honest vocal delivery...an astounding guitarist...Nefesh draws lyrical inspiration from his own experiences of loss, love, and soul-searching and laces his songs with a spiritual subtext that's both refreshing and inspiring...full of complexity and nuance...an artist to watch."
--Gail Worley, NYC Rock Critic
"An unfailingly sincere folkie, David Nefesh comes from the school of "earnest 'til it hurts"...notable lyrical moments...a fine reflection on the order of what Bob Mould and Billy Bragg have been up to in the past decade."
--Joseph McCombs, San Francisco Freelance Music Writer
"Nefesh's tunes are so universal in their content that I often feel as though he is singing about my life. His songs deserve to be accompanying me on my way to work in the morning when I tune into my favourite radio station."
Radio and Television Show Host
CFRB, 1010 AM, Toronto, Canada
Channel 11, OnTv, Toronto, Canada
"...personal lyrics and rhythms (that) touch a chord...with depth and range of expression...committment to reaching out (that) seems boundless...on the pulse of the universal heart..."
--Ula, painter and multi-media artist, New York City