Anthony David is a new artist with a long track record.
“Acey Duecy” is the R&B singer and songwriter’s major label debut — the first release on good pal India.Arie’s Soulbird Music imprint — but it comes after a tenure in the Atlanta group El Pus, writing credits on Arie’s albums and two independent albums of his own, which were combined to make the new album.
“This is a natural progression, something I’ve been hoping and praying for for a long time, and an affirmation that things do kind of come to like when you work hard and have the patience,” says David, 36.
“The independent (albums) kind of prepared me for it, and also dealing with some of India’s success. And being in (El Pus) ... I saw some levels of success and was able to pick out things and say, ‘That’s what I want to do ...’”
The Georgia native, who now resides in Atlanta, is also fully cognizant and appreciative of how much it means to have someone like Arie in his corner, but he says that, too, is a natural evolution of a friendship that began before either was making music professionally.
“We just met on the street in (Atlanta) and hung out every day and listened to music all the time,” says David, who played in Arie’s band as well. “She got to the point she was able to headline her first tours, and at some point she’d be like, ‘You should go and open up, do this song, do that song ...’ She knew a lot about my stuff and really pushed me out there for people to see.”
Anthony David opens for Anthony Hamilton at 8 p.m. Friday (July 4) at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, Tickets are $60 and $40 pavilion, $20 lawn. 2600 E. Atwater St. at Chene Street, Detroit. Call (313) 393-0292 or visit www.cheneparkdetroit.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to