David Elliott & World Hunger Day 2011
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David is the son of the international legend Dionne Warwick and drummer and actor, the late Bill Elliott. With that heritage being enhanced by his mother’s sister Dee Dee, her aunt Cissy, his second cousin Whitney Houston and grandmother Lee (of the pioneering gospel group, The Drinkard Singers), David has been exposed to the world of entertainment and music from day one.
But he has distinguished himself as a formidable music man in his own right, with career accomplishments which have already included co-writing the Grammy award-winning classic Here And Now for Luther Vandross, starring as Sam Cooke in the movie Ali and touring the globe as a special guest performer with his mother.
By the time he was seven, David was singing and playing drums at the family church. He played drums throughout high school but started singing again because he saw how audiences reacted to singers. He had a particular affinity with those who started out as drummers like Teddy, Jeffrey Osborne, Lionel Richie and Phil Collins, because they made him realise that he could both sing and play. David’s first professional gig was in 1983 and, once he’d completed high school, he went out on the road as his mother’s drummer for a summer and autumn tour. After his studies at San Diego State and the Musicians’ Institute, he became Dionne’s permanent drummer in 1988.
David continued in that role for a number of years until a fortuitous sound check in London in 2000 at which Dionne heard him doing impersonations of Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye. She said, “You’re going to sing tonight!” So he did! He duetted with her on I Say A Little Prayer and it all took off from there. He began getting rave reviews from critics and audiences alike when he started opening for Dionne, and he has now performed, to wide acclaim, throughout the UK and in Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Austria, South Africa, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
David built his reputation on ‘standards’ associated with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr. But his latest work reveals his multi-faceted musicality with a focus on what he calls “classic” soul music, drawing from influences such as Sam Cooke and Luther Vandross, while utilising a vocal style that is texturally reminiscent of his famous Mom: soothing, smooth, intimate and soulful.
David Elliott & World Hunger Day
David performed with Dionne Warwick on World Hunger Day at a Gala Concert in aid of The Hunger Project. The evening, entitled ‘Dionne Warwick & Friends’ featured stars from Opera, Musical Theatre and Popular Music and the incredible Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia. The evening led by the legendary Dionne Warwick also included Multi-Grammy Award Winner, Natalie Cole.
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