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Anthony David - Bill Withers Tribute 1/3/2020Friday, January 03 2020 6:00PM Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Anthony David - Bill Withers Tribute 1/3/2020
Anthony David was born Anthony Harrington in Savannah, Georgia. A Gulf War vet, he began writing songs during a stint in the military in Iraq, where as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne he took part in 28 combat missions. Writing songs was a life- affirming act while facing the real possibility of dying.
He got involved in the music scene in Atlanta in the late 1990s, meeting a then-unknown singer-songwriter India.Arie; they became friends and collaborators, with Anthony co-writing songs on her first three albums, which spawned a number of Grammy nominations, singing back-up for her on tour and eventually opening for her. This visibility led to the release of Anthony's debut album Three Chords & The Truth released in 2004 on the Atlanta independent Brash Records, carving out a unique lane with his personalized brand of acoustic soul. Extensive touring revealed Anthony to be a free-wheeling, engaging performer, able to hold a crowd with just the sound of his voice and an acoustic guitar.
A second independent album, The Red Clay Chronicles, led to a deal with Universal Records, which released Acey Duecy, a compilation of the best tracks from his first two albums, yielding a hit duet with India.Arie and a Grammy nomination.Thanks to the release of his albums by labels in the UK and Japan, Anthonytoured extensively abroad, building an international audience.
His star continued to rise as he signed a deal with Purpose Records/eOne Entertainment which led to the release of his fourth album As Above, So Below in 2011, which featured guest vocalists Algebra, Phone of Little Brother and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, His duet with Algebra,"4Evermore," became a #1 hit at adult urban radio while the reggae/Latin-tinged "Body Language" tore up dance floors in the UK.
A tour in Kenya inspired Anthony to become part of the “Give Africa Hope” campaign that brought awareness to famine in East Africa. He shot the video for the title track of the album in Kenya. He also became involved with AWOL (All Walks of Life), an arts program for children in his hometown of Savannah, pushing to establish it in Atlanta in 2013.
He quickly followed the release of As Above, So Below with Love Out Loud, another album on Purpose/eOne.
Signing with Shanachie Entertainment in 2015, he released The PowerFUL Now.
In 2019 the Grammy-nominated artist marked the 80th birthday of the legendary Bill Withers with a personalized interpretation of Withers’ meditation on War, “I Can Write Left-handed” the first single off the tribute album, Hello Like Before: The Songs Of Bill Withers.