David B Whitley | Love Songs, Vol. 1

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Love Songs, Vol. 1

by David B Whitley

This album is a collection of Love Songs that are close to my heart. It is dedicated to anyone who has ever been in love, is in love, or wishes to be in love.
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1. We're Going All the Way
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2. My Bride
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2:39 album only
3. The Storm
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4:34 album only
4. Thank You For the Love
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4:31 album only
5. All In Love Is Fair
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3:48 album only
6. Have I Told You Lately
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4:05 album only
7. Wild Flower
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4:32 album only
8. I'm Still Your Man
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9. A Song For You
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5:27 album only
10. Strange Love
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3:29 album only
11. When You Life Was Low
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12. Thank You For the Love (A Cappella)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Journey

Recording this CD has indeed been a Journey.

I think of it as climbing a mountain. I started out alone, but as I continued to climb I met and reconnected with a lot of wonderful people along the way.

The Journey begins with an idea: record a CD of Ballads.

Then the process starts. Which songs? I selected some old, some new and some were actually written for me. Talking with a dear friend, Steven Hurd, he begins to sing this song for me over Skype called “My Bride”. I literally lose my mind over Skype and demand that he send me this song first thing in the morning. He does. I contact Lionel Wharton, another dear friend with whom I’ve worked over the past years doing various Gospel concerts with the Freedom Family. He invites me out to his house so we can have a writing session. He puts on a pot of tea and we go to work. We come out with “The Storm”. Having never even touched the tea, mind you. It was one of those inspired moments. Magical, but I needed help with the lyrics, so I call another dear friend, Nazley Young, who also happens to be this amazing writer/singer/type person who helps me co-write the lyrics for “The Storm”. Nazley gets so inspired that she writes a song for me called “Strange Love”. She also does background vocals on various tracks throughout the album.

The Journey continues and brings back people into my life that have meant so much to me over the years.

As we continue to climb this mountain all sorts of friends assist me on my walk. Alvin Mills, bass player extraordinaire, is one of those people you just thank God for. His experience and dedication to music makes me a better musician. The only problem with Alvin is that if you have recorded any tracks before he’s played on it, there is a great chance you will have to record the song again. Which, as expected, was the case. He just takes things to a whole new level and I had no choice but to reach for a higher goal after his contribution.

Frank Dapper and I have worked together throughout the years. It was a great joy to have him join me on this Journey. You will find that his drum playing is inspired and passionate.
Speaking of the past, Uwe Metzler came into the project somewhat by accident, but what a wonderful accident that was. Uwe actually used to be my guitar teacher. I had two lessons, and I wasn’t very good! Thank God for Ebay; that’s where I sold my guitar. So nice to meet up with Uwe once again.

Hansmartin Eberhardt, is just incredible. He plays the saxaphone in a way that is breath-taking. He lends a special contribution on the project as well. It wonderful to have him back in my life.

Now at this point we’ve reached the point in the Journey where we have the idea of the songs ready but the question now is where to record. I immediately think of Alex Kleyman and we end up recording all of the songs except one at Mellowave Studios. Alex is simply awesome. The atmosphere he created in recoding these songs was just excellent. Alex and I have recorded before on a project I did many years ago. It was great having him back in my life and having him take this Journey with me.

This experience leads to another friend from the past coming back into my life. Alex Kilb and I have worked together on many projects in the past, so when I was considering the Mixing and Mastering he said, “I know someone who would be perfect for you. And you can do the Mix right here in my studio.” (House of Music) That was the best advice imaginable.

Alex introduces me to Jack Breyer. Jack is one of those people who just simply knows what he is doing. This is not practice for him. He has ears like a fox and magical fingers. As I continue to climb this hill these wonderful people just seem to come out of nowhere. It’s almost like it’s all a part of some big plan. Along with meeting Jack we work with Arne Quitsch. Arne also brings a lot to the table and is very nice to work with as an assistant.

Next up, the actual booklet. I would need pictures. Throughout this process Cassandra Steen and I had been talking and she suggested I wait ‘til the CD was finished in order to capture its true essence, but me being me, I didn’t wait and had a photo session. Needless to say, she was right. Those photos turned out to be less than ideal. I then had to turn to an old trusted friend Uwe Roeder. Uwe and I have worked together for many, many years taking photos. I called up Uwe and it was like no time at all had gone between us. The photos in this booklet are all his contribution to my Journey, so glad to have him back in my life.

I think the greatest joy I have had in working on this project and taking this Journey, is with Matthias Weiss. Matt has been there with me for years. Through all our ups and downs we always seem to make magic. We worked on “Could You Be Messiah”. Matt has been a major part of this Journey. Matt’s playing ability and skill has made me realize how electric music can actually be. He is no doubt an amazing musician and one of my dearest friends. I remember bringing the idea of a CD of love songs to Matt. His first response was, “This is a great idea” and we began working on it shortly after that conversation. Along this journey there have been a lot of changes in both of our lives. One being the addition of Mia, Matt’s daughter. She actually began her journey into this world as we were working on this CD. She sure knows how to stop a show! (Already!). Matthias Weiss has been invaluable during this entire process. They always say you will find out who your true friends are when things get difficult. Well, Matt has stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park. Your musicianship and insight has made me a better singer and person. Thank You.

I am so grateful to God for allowing me to see this dream come true. This project has had its share of ups and downs but the learning experience has been invaluable.

The most difficult part about recording and performing is coming to understand the peaks and valleys of work. There are times when I might work for two weeks straight but then have five days off in a row. I’ve learned that it is wise to have a few months of wages stored away for the dry spells. Being an artist is not a job, it's a lifestyle. It's not 9-5 in an office. It means perhaps working weekends, holidays, Ground Hog day, and sometimes at bizarre hours. Therefore the utmost important thing is to love what you do in life so much that you want to do it whenever needed.

The Journey Continues…



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Pam McIntosh

Amazing
This is the most powerful love album out today. Just pure love and the voice and the range...amazing. I recommend this album to anyone who believes in Love!!

Sibel

LOVE YOUR ALBUM
I can't stop listening to your Album David, I LOVE your voice! Its full of LOVELOVELOVE!

Hank

Suberb!
What a surprise! i knew it was gonna be good, but i had no idea it was THAT good.
This is an awesome CD, the production, the songwriting and the vocal performance are suberb.
Not a big fan of cover songs - but these are reaaaally good and they blend well with the rest of the album.
A suberb release.

SteveO

Old & New & Really Refreshing too!
Love David's ability to pick some classics that take you back to some wonderful memories while being able to make them his own. His voice is flawless, clear and soothing. The new songs are just as wonderful. It was hard to pull myself away. "My Bride" and "Thank You for the Love" are so refreshing and light while "Strange Love" is reminscent of "Once on this Island." I recommend this CD only if you don't mind becoming addicted!!!!!

Hank

Suberb!
It wasn`t a surprise that it was a good album, i expected it to be good, but David really took it to the next level with this release. The production, the songwriting, and the vocal performance are suberb. Suberb!!! Top notch.
I am not the biggest fan of cover songs, but these are reaaally good and they blend so well with the other songs.
A wonderful release and highly recommended.

Jam

Our answers to a modern-day Luther Vandross
Wow! simply love love LOVE David's voice; such soulful soothing sounds to brighten up and add life to my day. The whole album just flows wonderfully from one to the next. I love how just listening to this you know it's not about an artist showing off an image or trying to convey something that they're not, but a man who aims to bring beauty to life by his craft, his God-given talent and sharing a wonderful passion for music to his planet. So much texture to every note, every word and every phrase. Simply inspiring!

My favorite still has to be "The Storm", just a breath-taking song! Very rich :)

DBW is definitely the answer to Luther Vandross & James Ingram, but also holds his legacy as an individual artist of his own right. Can't wait for Volume 2!!

James Gowan

Powerful!
These songs tell a story about love. There's something I've learned about singers. If they don't know how to love or aren't in love, it shows. The adverse is true, too. When a singer knows about love and Where love comes from, there is no doubt and there's just no hiding it.

David's music is full of talent, full of emotion, but the love that pours through to his fans is evident with every melody, chorus, line, run and note. This album is truly wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Whitley! This CD is wonderful!

Stacy Lattisaw

wow!
I absolutely Love David's voice.......gona tell my family and friends about this album

Stacy Lattisaw-Jackson

Lynda DiVito

Gorgeous!
David's voice is so soulful and beautiful. Every note has meaning behind it, every song perfectly sung. He is one of the finest singers out there, and I have had the pleasure to hear him sing live. Its mind blowing how incredible he is....a true vocalist and musician. Dont miss this album!

Hank Smock

Totally awesome!
I am still surprised, i knew David was an excellent singer, but with this recording he took it to the next level.
The songwriting, the production and the vocal performance are top notch. I don`t like cover songs very often, but the renditions of "all in love is fair" and " a song for you" are just as amzing as the originals. A suberb cd.