It was simple and it was real... like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country - it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice." That's when David decided to relocate back to the San Fransico Bay area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist.
Luning’s self-produced debut album “Just Drop on By”, was released to rave reviews and has been called "a gritty, joyful, soulful piece of Americana", and "an album you'll want to revisit again and again". Johnny Bazzano from KRCB praises "Just Drop On By is the best Americana Music album I've heard..”. David also acted, produced and co-directed the music video “Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright. Currently, David is in the studio recording his sophomore album. In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music.
Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am”, which appeared on American Idol’s January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying, “you have stanch originality, no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy.” David writes, records, and performs all of his original songs. "He can entertain and delight large crowds, using only himself, his guitar, and his harmonica".
For events calling for a killer band, David plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin, and Linden Reed. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist. DISCOGRAPHY "Just Drop on By" - David Luning, Dec.
2012 "Ghost and Gale" - David Luning and Brodie Jenkins, EP, 2013 "Real Music, A Taste of Sonoma County, Vol. 3" - Compilation of 33 songs from Sonoma County Artists, 2013 "Local Gold" - West Coast Songwriter's Compilation, 2011 ""Mother's on Fire" - (limited edition - sold out) Your Name in Lights band consisted of David Luning, Adam Rosendahl, Peter Lushington, Josh Renkow, & Wade Nielsen, EP 2005 OPENED FOR Leon Russell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Rodney Crowell, Elvin Bishop, Junior Brown, Dave Alvin, David Bromberg, John Corbett, Aaron Lewis, Albert Lee, The Waymores, Tim and Nicky Bluhm, Truth and Salvage Company, Matt the Electrician, Poor Man's Whiskey, Audrey Auld, Carolyn Wonderland, Jimbo Mathus, and others. FESTIVALS Kate Wolf Music Festival (sold more CD's than any other artist/band at the festival) , Stagecoach Music Festival, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, EarleFest, Petaluma Music Festival, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, Rivertown Revival, Summer Arts and Music Festival, Handcar Regatta, Levi's Gran Fondo VENUES The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Sunset Gowers Studios (LA), Biscuits and Blues (SF), Bottom of the Hill (SF), Yoshi's (Oakland), West Coast Live, Uptown Theatre (Napa), Sam's (SATX), Cheatham Street Warehouse (San Marcus), Rancho Nicasio, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, HopMonk, The Last Day Saloon, Aubergine, The Hotel Utah, plus many more nationwide. RADIO STATIONS NPR, KRSH, KPIG, KRCB, KPFA, KSRO, RADIO VAGABOND, KXCI, KWMR, KVRM, KBCS, KDNK, KDHX, KVNF, KUWR, KSYN, KOPN, KPFT, KAXE, KUNI, RADIO FREE AMERICANA, WERU, WMUD, WQBR, WRRW, WSM, WETS, WRIU, WLVR, WMKY, WCBE, WOUB, WYCE, WXPN, WUIN, WZBC, BUTTERFLIES RADIO, PANDORA, WEST COAST LIVE, and many more! CHARTS Americana Music Association Chart #52 Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR Chart) #16 CKUA Radio Network (Canada) #18 KDHX Americana Charts #48 WEST COAST SONGWRITER'S COMPETITIONS "A Little Bit Bad" - Voted Best Song "Whiskey Bottle" - Voted Best Song "Northern California" - Voted Best Song "Whisper I Love You" - Voted Best Song Won Best Performance singing “Whiskey Bottle” "New Love" Co-Written with Brodie Jenkins - Voted Best Song Won Best Performance singing "New Love" - with Brodie Jenkins "Whiskey Bottle" - Honorable Mention-WCS International Song Contest SONG PLACEMENTS "You and Me and the Devil In Between" is in the film “The Devil's Dozen”, directed by Jeremy London - 2013 "My Baby Blues on Wheels" in John William's documentary, “Standing on a Corner-The Story of a Crossing Guard”- 2013 "Whiskey Bottle" and "Always Gonna Be That Way" are in the film “Arachnoquake”, and "Whiskey Bottle" is featured in the opening sequence of the movie, Syfy/Active Entertainment TV movie – directed by Griff Furst - 2012 "Whiskey Bottle" is in "Swamp Shark", a Syfy TV movie, directed by Griff Furst – 2011 "Waiting Room" is in a YWCA Promotional video, “Picture a Better World” - 2011 TELEVISION/CABLE/INTERNET SHOWS *Our Kind of Music Interview - 2014 *American Idol - 2014 *American Songwriter, a one-half-hour TV / Internet show *California Live Mic on Loudville TV ACTING, VOICE OVERS, AND DANCE * David was cast as Remote Guy in a Comcast Sportsnet Commercial for the Giants, "Mini Wingman Remote" * David has performed in over 11 plays, including the male lead in "Idiot's Delight". * Cast as a cocaine addict in a TV show called "I (Almost) Got Away With It" in an episode called "Caught By a Cougar" * Cast as an extra in two TV episodes: "I (Almost) Got Away With It" and "Cuff Me If You Can" * Acted and did a voice over in a Sonoma County YWCA Promotional video "Picture a Better Future". * David performed with a salsa troupe in San Francisco, Los Angeles, & New York. * David also performed and taught ballroom dancing as a junior instructor with Nordquist Dance, Santa Rosa, CA. ASSOCIATIONS *ASCAP - Member *Americana Music Association - Member *West Coast Songwriters - Member *AE Casting EDUCATION -Berklee College of Music, Boston, Majored in Film Scoring, May 2007-December 2008 -University of California, Santa Cruz, Music Major, September 2005-April 2007 BOOKING AGENCY Mongrel Music - 415-485-5100 Chris Faville: email@example.com Brad Madison: firstname.lastname@example.org CONTACT David Luning email@example.com www.davidluning.com Official Website: David Luning Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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