His mother was a Guyanese state-registered. His father was a Nigerian law student. They all moved to Cardiff for a time while the father completed his law degree at the University of Wales. However, the father disappeared around that time.
Then David McAlmont, his mother and his sister lived in Croydon and Gorleston-on-sea until 1978 when they moved to Guyana, South America. At the age of 13 when in Guyana David McAlmont became an Born-Again Christian and began singing at his Pentecostal church. He has a three-and-a-half-octave vocal range, and was often compared to vocalist Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins. He completed his A levels in History and Literature but was then unable to get a job.
An airline gave him unpaid work but also allowed him 75% rebates on trips anywhere in the world. He returned to Croydon in May 1987 where he got jobs cleaning and clerical work for an insurance company. He came out as gay and stopped attending church. He answered an advertisement in the Melody Maker and met Saul Freeman.
They formed the duo Thieves. The name was taken from a work by Jean Cocteau. They released their first single Through The Door in December 1992. The group's most successful single was Unworthy, released in September 1993.
However, they split up before their planned debut album in 1994, and the album was released under the name McAlmont. He began a solo career which included supporting Morrissey. He had his first brief period of collaboration with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, starting in 1994. They were an unusual combination in the pop world and they did not do much to promote themselves in the usual ways.
They did not tour except for one small show at the Hanover Grand and one appearance on BBC television's Top of the Pops, and they also avoided doing interviews. However in 1995 they fell out and had an acrimonious split that was played out in the music press. The producer David Arnold then worked with him on the camp version of Diamonds Are Forever. David McAlmont sang it on television dressed like Shirley Bassey.
They went on to work together on David McAlmont's first solo album A Little Communication which came out in 1998. In 2001 Bernard Butler was living in Crouch End, London, with his wife and two children and had found himself writing songs that suggested the voice of David McAlmont so he eventually called him and they got back together to create the album Bring It Back, (2002). This time they were more conventional in their approach to the music business and took part in interviews and planned a series of public performances. David along with Guy Davies formed a new band called Fingersnap, in 2012 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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