08.20.10 Bradstreet & Keesee
DAVID BRADSTREET is best known for his song "Renaissance" ("Let's Dance That Old Dance Once More") - a hit for Canadian icon, Valdy. He has been recognized for his work as a singer/songwriter, composer and producer, twenty-seven albums bearing his name; a high profile Juno Award early in his career; three subsequent Juno nominations and music credits including a Gemini nomination; film and television soundtracks and scoring; talent discovery and record production for numerous artists from Jane Siberry to Colleen Peterson and Nancy Simmonds. He has toured extensively and is a veteran of many coffeehouses, concert halls and folk festivals. Winner of the Golden Quill Award 2006 - 'Songwriting is a dedicated skill, and having honed that skill over four decades David Bradstreet continues to produce wonderful vignettes that are extremely enjoyable to listen to. But that's not quite enough to be considered for the Golden Quill Award. One also has to have written memorable songs, songs that linger in the mind, songs we can all go back to. Like Renaissance, a Valdy hit that he penned in the 1970s. He has done a mountain of work writing music and songs for TV and Films as well as for commercials.' - Steve Fruitman Born in London, England, David came to Canada as a child with his parents; after college where he studied architecture, he worked the college circuit in the U.S. visiting most states as a solo performer and achieving rising star status in Canada on the folk club trail in the early '70s. This period was marked by: early sessions in Bob and Danny Lanois' mother's basement; a pivotal year in New York City with Peter Yarrow and Phil Ramone including a duo with Mimi Farina; teaming up with Lazarus and Albert Grossman in Woodstock NY and touring with Todd Rundgren; having one of his songs, 'Renaissance', become a folk standard - followed by the Canadian JUNO Award for Best New Male Vocalist 1977. The late '70s phase of David's career, which included two high profile albums on A&M, "David Bradstreet" and "Dreaming in Colour", was one of major tours and high profile concert and broadcast appearances. Bradstreet opted to go the independent route and recorded another solo album, "Black & White" in 1981. As a record producer, he released the first album by a then unknown Jane Siberry on his own Street Records label in 1981, and another by his former Lazarus partner Billie Hughes the same year. Hughes, along with Carl Keesee from that band formed life-long friendships with David, leading to the co-production of the excellent tribute album to Canadian singer/songwriters, "Horton Bates & Best". His "Renaissance" CD was released in 1998 and his first A&M album, the eponymous 'David Bradstreet', was re-released under the new Universal Music banner, The Heritage Series in 2002. David Bradstreet's previous acoustic release, 'Lifelines', was recorded live-off-the-floor (vocal, guitars and bass) in three days at Ray Montford's Soundhole Studio in Toronto, Canada with Jason Fowler and David Woodhead. Only some guitar overdubs and background vocals were added. As well as his own original compositions, this release includes songs that he has co-written with Robert Priest, Rob Lamothe and Jason Fowler. 'Such a Fool', a song by Billie Hughes, is also included. He was co-producer of the CD compilation, "Tears of a Thousand Years", a benefit project for Sept 11th. He also co-produced, with Nancy Simmonds, a new CD of Colleen Peterson songs, 'Postcards from California' - as well as Nancy's CD 'Debut' released on Joe tucker Records. He recently started a new record company, TheraMusic, for his internationally successful music therapy genre. 'TheraSleep' and 'TheraCalm' are the newest releases in a line that will include numerous health related CDs. David recently produced Jason Fowler's new CD, 'Lumens of Light' was released in October 2010. The newest David Bradstreet CD is '08.20.10' featuring Carl Keesee.