It’s been a while since I’ve done an artist spotlight but this young man is deserving of the honor.
He calls it the “DPS Experience”
David P Stevens is a multi-talented contemporary jazz, neo fusion, R&B, nu soul guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and recording studio engineer.
Well that was a mouth full wasn’t it. Well it’s true. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a concert where the DPS Experience was on full display. David is a uber talented musician and very nice guy.
According to his website —
“The DPS Experience” deftly incorporates elements of the modern jazz, R&B, soul, dance, hip-hop, rock, blues, and pop, resulting in a signature sound that embodies the legacy of The Sounds of Philadelphia’s own Gamble & Huff, Thom Bell, MFSB, Dexter Wansel, Grover Washington Jr., Roy Ayers, Baker-Harris-Baker productions, vocal elements of The Jones Girls, touches of Salsoul Orchestra, the creamy retro~soul of Norman Connors, the expansiveness of Ronnie & Herbert Laws, vibes of Roy Ayers, and the eclectic nuances of Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chuck Loeb, Larry Carlton, Paul Jackson Jr., Norman Brown, the gospel riches of Dottie Rambo, the rock edges of Slash, and the musical production & coordination chops inspired from the school of The Q: Mr. Quincy Jones & super producer George Duke.
Raised in the City of Brotherly Love, David got his start playing music as an adolescent. Within a few years, with help from his musical mentors Darryl Johnson & Fred Cooper, begin playing piano and guitar, writing, recording and playing music professionally. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, David moved to Nashville, where he produced songs for many artists regularly performing in some of the city’s more notable venues; ultimately becoming the lead guitarist in the house band for the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
In 2005, he released his debut studio album, entitled Timeless. The buzz generated from that project demanded David record his 2008 sophomore album, entitled The Shedd, which garnered the interest of 111 East Jazz Records. The label felt so strongly about the diamond in the rough project overlooked by the larger market that in 2011 David recorded additional songs, and 111 East Jazz Records repacked the CD as Uptown which was released to global indie acclaim, and admirable bulleted positions across various music charts globally.
This is one of mine and my daughters favorite songs off of the album The Shedd
David is currently in the studio working on his 4th independent studio CD entitled “Epiphany” scheduled for release globally on March 1, 2013.
For interviews, bookings, and festivals contact David P. Stevens c/o Baron Harris of Sanctifly Music Group at email: email@example.com
Sanctifly Music Group 2012