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About the Artist
Anthony David was born in Savannah, Georgia but discovered the spark to ignite his artistic passions in Atlanta. "I had been looking all over the world for the right vibe to cultivate my song writing, explains David, "I found it here in Atlanta's music and spoken word scene. Atlanta is where my talent and passion grew together. I was able to find artists who connected with me. That had that same passion to create."
David said he did not have to look far or long for an inspiring friendship. "India (.Arie) was the first person I saw when I got out of the car from Savannah," says David ,"I thought she was cool and we were both doing our music and enjoying the scene that Atlanta gives an artist. There was never a time that we didn't hang out."
David wrote the song "A Part Of My Life" for Arie's 7x Grammy nominated album Acoustic Soul and then toured with her in support of that record. Shortly thereafter he released two independent albums, Three Chords & The Truth and Red Clay Chronicles. Both albums received high critical acclaim, including Atlanta Journal & Constitution's rave "The best record to come of this city since Usher's," and earned David thousands of fans nationwide. It is a combination of songs from those two albums that make up Acey Deucy.
David toured relentlessly in support of his independent releases, opening for acts such as Arie and Kem before headlining tours of his own throughout Europe and Japan. "While traveling around the country and Europe playing, I was able to soak up sounds from everywhere I went. I've just been able to grow and expand my sound." David explained. That sound, David refers to as "Millennium Blues" because it "all goes back to the blues. The lyrics, the music, my using everything from acoustic to hip-hop, the story telling...all of it connects through the blues like a bridge." David feels that his song writing brings a much-needed honesty to today's music, he explains, "Honesty in music shouldn't be very rare but it is. Like an MC saying `I live the gangster life for real?' I live the regular life for real, I just make it look and sound good."
After time on the road, David teamed up with India.Arie once again to co-write and produce "There's Hope" for Arie's third Grammy nominated album before heading back out on his own again. And now the circle involving Anthony David and India.Arie begins anew with the first single from Acey Deucy entitled "Words."
The song reveals a musical relationship between Arie and David reminiscent of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway, a super natural chemistry that reminds you of music you've never heard before and can't wait to hear again. "It's great that `Words' is being compared to music by Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway," says David, "because they are both major influences on both our careers. That says a lot about the nature of our relationship and how well we work together. She heard the short version I wrote and said she had a verse for that song. The verse India wrote and her voice fit perfectly in every way."
"I love Tony's music for how he speaks from a man's emotional perspective in relationships and his views on learning about life as a young man of the hip hop generation," says India.Arie. "He's a great talent and one of my oldest friends. I have so many memories with him. Not only did he encourage me to start performing professionally, but it was Tony who suggested I use my first and middle name as an artist. There was even a time when he spent his rent money for me to experiment in the studio."
Anthony David explains that the lyrics and music are all from personal experience. "I don't really know any other way to write. From the general to the specific, my music comes from a very personal place. That place is real life, the good and the bad. You won't hear a lot of stuff about chilling in VIP. I don't think a lot of people really relate to that. I don't know where that (VIP and drinking in the club,) ranks in the importance of everyday people's lives."
What Anthony David gives music and listeners are songs about love and life told in real voices. On Cheatin Man, David expresses a lot of inward pain and battles with self. "Cheatin Man is about a brother doing self-examination," he explains, "It's also about the half hearted excuses people make for what they do. The heart of the song is about judgment and falling short. The man (in the song) hates his father for what he did to his mother, but then he ends up doing the same things."
With the song Red Clay Chronicles, Anthony David turns that spotlight of truth outward, and looks at the state of everyone's problems today. Red Clay Chronicles paints a musical mural of the "haves" and "have-nots" in a way that lets you know David has experienced life as a "have-not" and doesn't glorify it. Red Clay Chronicles delivers both the musical goods and a fair share of responsibility for those who are able to help improve "city life."
Besides Arie, David calls on other musicians and singers he's worked with in Atlanta to help complete the journey. On Lady, Keisha Jackson adds her sultry sound to join David's blues-enriched voice. The track sounds like a lost recording of a song written for Bobby Womack and Gladys Knight. David discusses his partner for the duet "Keisha is Millie Jackson's daughter. I knew this record would showcase her talent and show the world what I always heard in her voice. That's one of the many reasons I am so excited about Acey Deucy. I get to show off all the talent here in Atlanta."
Anthony David's Acey Deucy is a project focused on real life experience but original and passionate in presentation. Acey Deucy is a blueprint for how to create great music in different styles, while not being diverse just for the sake of being different. Acey Deucy talks about family and friends on tracks like Kin Folk, relaxing on Smoke One and still drives home the joys and pain that we love to get from our music on tracks like Stop Playing.
Acey Deucy gives listeners a little bit of what we've been waiting for from modern soul music and surprises us with a quality of original story telling we didn't know was possible.
Top Customer Reviews
Georgia native Anthony David is definitely one of those people who's currently vastly underrated, in my opinion. He's got two albums under his belt but he's still relatively unknown - at least, compared to someone like, say, Ne-Yo or Chris Brown or Akon (though I fully accept that they perhaps don't make the same kind of music. Closer comparisons like Eric Roberson, Donnie, Frank McComb et al, are similarly below the radar). He released both albums independently; 3 Chords & the Truth in 2004 and The Red Clay Chronicles in 2006. I reviewed the latter some time ago and don't intend to repeat myself here but I will say that if you're looking for authentic mature-minded soul with a slight r&b edge, this is definitely the man for you.
The two aforementioned albums are particularly relevant because this 'new' one does not actually contain any new material. It has 3 tracks from "3 Chords" and 8 from "Chronicles" so if you've got those two albums, there's absolutely no point in buying this one.Read more ›
My favorite songs are:
Something About You
The work is good. Come again, the work is great. Several folks are upset they didn't realize it was a compliation set of his first two albums. Ummm, YEAH!!! Thus the name of the album "Acey Deucey"...get if folks?? 1&2!! :-)
Just look at the additional purchase as sowing a seed into a finely developed, underappreciated musical prodigy.
The songs Words and Stop playin are the songs that I like on here apart from them I am hard pressed due to the thuggish nature of some of his lyrics. For example the song Smoke one could have been great because it has an awesome beat and tempo and He wastes this track describing hooking up with a women he has not seen in a while, so he goes on to say smoke one with your boy , drink one and lets do something bad to get reaqqainted instead of making this into a romantic ballad he chose to go really "hood". Which is not always wrong but I felt that it was not appropriate here. Also many of his lyrics are rudimentary and way too basic. When I heard the range of the song Words with India Irie. I rushed out and bought this CD. Sadly to say that most of the rest of the CD apart from Words is dissappointing and it kind of puts you in the mind of Lyfe Jenning's 2nd CD The Phoenix, which I was totally not feeling either.
Sorry Anthony but you took something that could have been great and made it blah. Many mature R&B music listening fans will understand what I mean when you take a listen to most of the lyrics on here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love his tone...and I can relate to his lyrics even as a woman!Published 9 months ago by cladie spears
If you like soul music, this is it! Anthony David is one the Artist I can sit and listen to all day long, and not just this album all of them. I absolutely love his music. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Mishun25
I rate it as I like it cause I do that's why I paid for it... I recommend it to all of his fans...Published on February 14, 2013 by Antiwon T. Sampson
I didn't like anything about this cd. Expected more from this artist. He has a great voice, and is handsome, but the CD sounded a little off to me.Published on September 10, 2011 by Breverly S. Johnson