D a w u d W h a r n s b y
Born and raised in Canada, Dawud Wharnsby's writings have, in true folk-song tradition, taken on a life of their own - with his CD's (including "A Whisper of Peace", "Sing, Children of The World" and "The Prophet's Hands") spreading far beyond official marketing territories by way of a bootleg industry that circulats his recordings unofficially and uncontrollably throughout the world.
Wharnsby - a traveler, poet, actor, troubadour and multi-instrumentalist - emerged onto the North American folk music scene in 1991. His debut solo recording "Blue Walls and The Big Sky" (1995), firmly established his skills not only as a crafty lyricist, but also as a powerful vocalist, capable of drawing listeners into his world like a vibrant stage actor, or an intimate storyteller. His newest CD, "Vacuous Waxing" (a joint effort with co-writer Bill Kocher) brings together a unique mix of featured artists and presents an obvious maturing of Wharnsby's lyrical expression.
Wharnsby assists frequently with television and video production, and has been called upon to participate in, score, or personally host programs produced with the support of Canada's Vision TV, the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, and BBC Scotland. As a respected and vibrant solo musical performer, social activist and motivational speaker, Wharnsby travels extensively throughout the world and is often called upon to lecture at schools and universities - addressing gatherings of all ages with his inspirational talks and diverse educational programs for children.