World-class Baritone and Nashville recording artist, David Britton, is set to release his debut Christmas album “David Britton - Christmas” in time for the 2014 holiday season. David brings together his extremely diverse influences, creating a pop-classical flair with a twist of anthemic rock, to wrap his sound into, and around the timeless classics. The result is a poignant collection of cozy favorites and a blend of powerful yet intimate moments, ready for this Christmas season.
David began studying classical voice and vocal performance at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He discovered a love for opera and art song. He continued to refine his voice by studying at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco where he earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. His experience has included performances under the auspices of Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Festival Opera, Intermountain Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and the North Bay Opera.
He also made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York, as Townsend Harris in The Dawn of Japan by Toroku Takagi with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. With more than twenty roles in David’s catalogue, highlights include his well-received interpretations of Mozart’s Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro), and Don Giovanni.
Born to international missionary parents, David Britton spent his early years on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. During childhood, he developed his love for music and diverse cultural styles while singing in churches around the world with his family and learning language skills in English, Italian, French and German.
David now resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and 2 children. He is a frequent guest soloist at Scottsdale Bible Church with one of the largest contemporary worship congregations in the southwest region.
He shares a little of his vision and hope: "In a world that is is full of so much turmoil and pain, it is my goal to use music to shed a glimmer of light; to bring comfort to those that grieve, peace to those at war, hope to those that fail, encouragement to those that feel alone, joy to those in despair.
I am grateful for the opportunity to create music that does not fit within any specific genre, that allows me to leverage the unorthodox musical influences of my life, that people of all generations and tastes may find something that speaks to them. Above all else it is my desire that those who listen may see past me to the One who created all things. That they may feel enriched by the texts I am privileged to sing, and that they may be inspired to dig in and hold fast to those things that matter most. And that all glory may go to God, the caretaker of my soul. Soli Deo Gloria!
Produced by Billy Smiley for Northern Shore Productions
Arrangements by David Britton and Billy Smiley
Tracks recorded by Billy Smiley
Overdubs, Editing, and Vocals Engineered by Billy Smiley at the Givens House, Franklin, TN
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting), I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and Most Wonderful Time mixed by Billy Smiley @ Dark Horse Studios, Franklin, TN
Joy To the World, Angels We Have Heard On High, Sing Noel, Wexford Carol, O Holy Night, Mary Did You Know, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Whispers (The Angel’s Song), and The First Noel mixed by Billy Whittington at the Whittington House, Franklin, TN
Mastered by Scott James Hybel, Northstar Productions, Portland, OR
David Britton – Lead Vocals and Background Vocals
Drums: Dan Needham
Upright Bass: Byron House
Bass: Anthony Sallee
Electric Guitars: Brennan Smiley
Gut String and Electric Guitars: Mark Baldwin
Keyboards: Blair Masters and Billy Smiley
Percussion: Steve Hindalong
Cello: John Catchings
Acoustic Guitars, and additional programming: Billy Smiley
BGV’s – Melody Thompson, Billy Smiley, and David Britton, Anthony Evans, Ashley Guilbert, and Janice Gaines
Duet on Sing Noel – Christine Dente form "Out of the Grey"
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