Genre: Folk Pop, Singer Songwriter
David Newberry is a critically acclaimed literate indie-rock songwriter and performer known for his haunting original lyrics and compelling stage presence.
Equally at home performing as a solo artist or as the charismatic front man to his powerful band, Newberry gives his audiences a unique insight into a narrative that is at once deep, dark and fundamentally uplifting. He instills a lingering sense of hope into each chord and every uttered word, creating music that is captivating, provocative and empathetic to our innate desire to find peace in a complex and at times alienating world.
The music he offers is simultaneously accessible and elevated. It is rife with intelligence, holding the audience to a higher intellectual, emotional, and poetic standard than has become the norm for popular music today. In doing so, Newberry challenges our notion of what contemporary music feels like.
Through his lyrical and sonic narratives, Newberry taps into our primal need for connectivity. His songs represent a sort of universal language, telling the story of our quest to understand the environment and emotions we inhabit, as well as those that inhabit us. They take us on an essential journey that is profoundly self-aware, exploring truth, beauty, desire and despair. It is his honest portrayal of human emotion that ties David so closely with his listeners, creating a bond that places him prominently at the heart of our cultural dialogue.
Always a poet, David became a musician through pain, and through that pain, found music and a lifelong passion for performing: While working as a carpenter’s assistant in 2001, an altercation with a table-saw left him without the use of his left hand. When his physiotherapist suggested he learn an instrument as a means to strengthen his injured appendage, David began playing the guitar and emerged quickly as a poet with a hankering for noise.
In 2010, Newberry released his debut record “When We Learn The Things We Need to Learn” catching the attention of such musical icons as Juno winner David Francey, who calls Newberry “absolutely brilliant,” and Exclaim!, who called him “an artist to watch,” in 2010, and “proof that the future of Canadian music is in good hands” in 2012. That same year, Newberry followed up on his debut success with his full length “No One Will Remember You,” and recently released of a short-run EP called “Desire Lines,” further solidifying his shift away from the acoustic “singer-songwriter” feel of his earlier releases, offering sharper edged guitars, tasteful synthesizer, and creatively aggressive percussion.
In 2013/2014, David was one of the 12 top artists in British Columbia’s prestigious Peak Performance Project, and shared stages with The Milk Carton Kids, The Strumbellas, The Bros. Landreth, Bidiniband, Julie Doiron, and Veda Hille, while putting a number of prominent BC and Alberta festival appearances under his belt, including Rifflandia and South Country Fair. All the while, the press has offered a consensus of accolades, with glowing reviews coming from Exclaim!, NoDepression, AmericanaUK, Alan Cross’ A Journal of Musical Things, and others.
David’s Vancouver-made, Jesse Gander produced (Japandroids, Pack AD) album “Replacement Things” was released in late 2015.