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David Luning / Bio

"I love it…..He has a really, really beautiful tone."
-Jennifer Lopez

“Staunch originality, no one’s doing what you do…good singer songwriter, story-telling guy”
-Keith Urban

“…I’ve heard the future of Americana music and it’s David Luning.”
- Johnny Bazanno, KRCB 91 FM

San Francisco-based singer/songwriter David Luning is part of a new generation of indie musicians whose genre blurs the lines of Americana/Alternative Country, Folk and Blues. With insights beyond his years, David’s story-telling songwriting and warm, rich timbre voice captivates audiences and draws them into an Americana world both familiar and new.

Luning’s debut album “Just Drop on By”, which he personally recorded, mixed and produced, 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 in 2012”. David also acted, produced and directed the music video “Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright.

While studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Todd Snider, and The Band. “Something just clicked. It was like a slow bolt of lightning that struck my soul. It was the kind of music that spoke of real life, of heartaches and loss, but also of heartwarming humor and foot stomping fun. It was simple and it was real. 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 Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alternative-country artist.

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 with The David Luning Band and with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Their music is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist.

OPENED FOR: Leon Russell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Elvin Bishop, Junior Brown, Dave Alvin, Rodney Crowell, John Corbett, Aaron Lewis, Albert Lee, The Waymores, Tim and Nicky Bluhm, Truth and Salvage Company, Matt the Electrician, Jimbo Mathus, Poor Man's Whiskey, Audrey Auld, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Easy Leaves, Highway Poets, and others.

VENUES & EVENTS
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), The Stagecoach Festival, Levi's Gran Fondo, Petaluma Music Festival, EarleFest, Rivertown Revival Festival, Handcar Regatta, Rancho Nicasio, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, HopMonk, The Last Day Saloon, Aubergine, The Hotel Utah, plus many more throughout the country.

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

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
*American Idol - 2014
*American Songwriter, a one-half-hour TV / Internet show
*California Live Mic on Loudville TV

ACTING AND VOICE OVERS
* David has performed in over 11 plays, including the male lead in "Idiot's Delight".
* Acted in two TV episodes of "I Almost Got Away With It" and one for "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.

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: chris@mongrelm.com
Brad Madison: brad@mongrelm.com

CONTACT
David Luning
phone: 831.239.5357
david@davidluning.com
www.davidluning.com

General Info

Band Members
David Luning
Artist Name
David Luning
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/davidluning
Genres
Americana / Folk / Acoustic Rock

Contact Info

Location
Forestville, CA
Manager
Sara Mertz - Shift Independent

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