David Sherry's love of the music and lyrics of Neil Diamond is epic and it is more than apparent in his vocal interpretations of Neil Diamond songs. His Glory Road album captures that live feel of David Sherry in concert.
American artist David J. Sherry experienced his first taste of performing music for a live audience as a teenager on the European Island of Malta. As a nod to this genesis, this Detroit born, California transplant released his Glory Road album last year first in Malta where it currently sits at number 4 on the charts and climbing. The following is a review by music critic Michael Bugeja of Malta's national newspaper, "Times of Malta":
"One of Neil Diamond's vintage cuts, Glory Road, is both the title track and the lead single off David's Sherry's latest album. A closer-look at the track listing will reveal the rest of the album is made up entirely of songs culled from Diamond's extensive catalogue, and there's a good reason for that too.
Sherry, who is of Maltese lineage (his family name is Xerri) has been a huge Neil Diamond fan since childhood. He has also successfully established himself as one of the top Neil Diamond Tribute acts around the world thanks to his popular Diamond Is Forever show, now in its first decade.
It is with good reason that Sherry chose Glory Road as the lead track for this album for, as he writes in the liner notes, 'it tells the story of a regular guy with a special dream' and of the journey he undertakes in following that dream.
To some extent the song could have easily been about him, except it wasn't. Yet, just as Diamond captured his own aspirations in that song, Sherry gives it his own touch and manages to inject it with similar emotions that reflect his own personal experiences.
Blessed with a voice that effortlessly mirrors Diamond's familiar timbre, the album features a hand-picked selection of Classic Diamond hits - among them September Morn, Holly Holy Sweet Carolina and I Am . . . I Said - along with a few lesser known gems like Hell Yeah or The Boat That I Row, a balance informed by his widespread fan base's preferences.
There are also a few personal favorites which Sherry has reinterpreted here with passion, verve and an uncanny degree of authenticity that doesn't sound like someone trying to be Diamond. This is what makes this record special in its own way."