David Scott Brown sings the music of The Great American Songbook. These enduring songs from the 1920’s through the 1950’s make up the canon of the most important and most influential American popular songs of the 20th century – principally from Broadway theater, musical theater, and Hollywood musical film.The key songwriters of this music include Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen, according to the songwriter and critic Alec Wilder in his 1972 book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950.
David started singing many years ago in church and community choirs. (He has sung the Handel’s Messiah both as a tenor and as a bass — but not at the same time!) Kathleen Bird, one of his favorite choir directors, says David has “a warm, robust, lyrical voice”. He has sung with the Texas Bach Choir in San Antonio, the Loudoun County Master Singers in Virginia, and Christ the King Choir and Alte Musica in Frankfurt, Germany. David began his solo musical career as a singing guitarist in a bed-and-breakfast in Tennessee, and over the years he develop a song list that includes Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Simon & Garfunkel. While living overseas for thirteen years, David performed in various countries, including Germany, England, Scotland, and Ireland.
David’s current focus is on the music of 1920’s-1950’s, and he has found the perfect type of venue for this music: retirement homes! In the past few years he has developed a repertoire of 200+ songs on piano, and he has been playing in assisted living, memory care, and independent living facilities since February 2014. David has found that to be a great market for the music that he loves. Hearkening back to the time he spent working in hospitals and nursing homes through his college years, David enjoys bringing back memories to those who were born in the first half of the 20th century. He likes to joke that his target audience is age 75 and up!
In a world that seems ever to look for louder and grittier sounds, David offers a playlist characterized by subtlety and nuance, evoking the happier and sometimes more innocent sounds of the music of our parents and grandparents. The lyrics, chromaticism and fascinating harmony of the songs of The Great American Songbook make them wonderful treasures to be discovered. David has a unique and special sound, and a great song list. So do yourself a favor, and book David for your venue or your next special event.