David Kitchen is a soulful singer songwriter who specializes in cutting to the chase. His stick-in-your-head melodies and bittersweet lyrics meld 60’s pop with 70’s songwriter themes and draw on disparate influences such as Lennon-McCartney, TV and movie soundtracks and jazz standards. Early profound musical experiences and years of performing have given him the ability to move an audience with his intensely individualistic brand of rock, that is at times both childlike in its playfulness and adult with its wisdom, sincerity and honesty.
Born into a musical family and raised in Virginia, David’s first instrument as a young child was a miniature brass sousaphone. All through his school years, after switching to guitar, he formed bands and began writing songs in his mid-teens. Finally settling in the Washington, DC area, Kitchen has become a prolific musical force. When his first album, roots rock /country flavored “Low Falutin’” was released, The Washington Post’s Mike Joyce praised David’s mixture of “ … charm, attitude and tunefulness.” His latest effort, an EP entitled “Underground” led The Washingtonian Magazine to admire his “knack for writing clean, pop driven rock with just enough soul and grit”
He has been nominated and has won several awards (WAMMIES) from The Washington Area Music Association. Including Best New Artist, Roots Rock Instrumentalist, Roots Rock Vocalist, Musician of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Debut Album, Songwriter of the Year and Best Pop Vocalist for 2009 and 2010. David was a finalist in the Mountain Stage/NewSong Contest of 2006 with his song “Find Our Way”.
Variously Kitchen’s music has been heard on TV spots for the U.S. Labor Dept. and the Association of Speech and Hearing. His song, “Mystery to Me” appears in the Paramount motion picture “Wild Iris” starring Gena Rowlands. David also found time to write and record the theme song for Washington D.C.’s 48 Hour Film Festival. Kitchen’s songs have also been covered by a number of artists, including blues rocker Tom Principato, who covered “If Love Is Blind”, and the Pacific Northwest’s Fabulous Wailers, who chose to feature his song “ Cadillac To Mexico” as the title track for their 2003 release.
As a producer David has used his roots rock bona fides to great effect first with “True To Life” by American Song, a revivalist group he fronted for a time. In 2009 he was approached by local working class hero Michael Butler to produce his debut album “Should’ve Been By Now”. A popular success, one tune off the record, a paean to Baltimore titled “Charm City” was adopted as a home game opening song by the Baltimore Orioles.
Known as a road warrior in the local D.C. area, Kitchen continues to hone his skills performing before live audiences. In recent years, you might have found him at IOTA Club and Café with his current stellar band, heard him singing jazz with The Cutaways or rocking at Annandale VA’s legendary roadhouse The Sunset Grille with The Thrillbillys. Perhaps you witnessed a nugget of David’s alluring personality last winter at The Music Center at Strathmore as part of the British Invasion show or at The Barns of Wolf Trap’s tribute to another artist like Warren Zevon or Nick Lowe. Earlier this year he played a benefit for Best Buddies, a mentoring program for disabled young adults and was asked to contribute a new song to Hungry For Music’s soon to be released charity CD, “Diamond Cuts”.
He has shared the stage with many national acts including Alejandro Escovedo, Freedy Johnston and Eilen Jewell. As both a bandleader and sideman of astonishing versatility, David’s ambition is rare, his vision unique.