Dave made a name for himself as a member of the platinum R&B group Men At Large. The first chapter of a promising career began at age 5. Dave became a member and served as the director of the Buds of Promise Choir at St. Paul AM.E. Zion Church in Cleveland, Ohio until age 15. Young Tolliver was encouraged immensely to sing from his heart by his choir directors Mrs. Mary Hampton, and Terrence Jones.
Inspired by his uncle Lynn Tolliver (radio legend), Dave began his career as a disc jockey at age 15. For years he rocked Cleveland's WZAK from side to side and back and forth, consistently holding down the #1 ranking in his time slot. He also served as co-host of the #1 morning show at WJKC Isle 95 in the Virgin Islands where listeners would bow down to the roaring sounds of "King Tollie". Listeners would also enjoy the quiet riot when they tuned into Mongoose 104.9 Classic Rock radio station
Dave began singing at local talent shows and it wasn't long before R&B singer, songwriter, producer, Gerald Levert discovered his hidden talent. The chemistry between Dave and his partner was awesome. Together they created a combustion that transformed these Cleveland boys into Men At Large. The smash hit "So Alone” put them on the map. Dave toured the world earning platinum and gold albums, song of the year in 1993 and an Indie Music Award nomination for best video, from a project released in 1999. The Cleveland native is a powerhouse singer, songwriter, and producer having worked with some of music's greatest. Most notably The Levert Family, R. Kelly, Silk, the Family, Keith Sweat, Kenny Whitehead, Alphonso Hunter and many more.
Dave is also making his mark on the stage as an actor in 13 major productions. Dave has shared the stage with: Bernadette Stanis, Hawthorne James, Kene Holiday, Cuba Gooding SR., Clifton Powell, Dave Hollister, Sean and Gerald Levert, Darnell Williams, Tommy Ford, Melba Moore, Alyson Williams, Mikki Howard, Cherelle, Johnny Gill, Erica Campbell, Shar Jackson, Chocolate, Simply Marvelous, Christopher “Play” Martin, Cheryl “Salt” James, and many more to come. Dave is primarily cast in leading roles and captivates his audience by giving riveting performances that leaves the audience mesmerized. He has recently appeared in Down Bottom Films indi movie Love’s Triangle portraying Attorney John Billamore.
Over the past few years Dave has managed to keep himself busy in and out of the studio. Writing, arranging, producing, consulting, imaging, vocal training, and cultivating the new kids on the block... Dave really makes his presence known on his up and coming solo debut; "Has Been" and the new Men At Large release “Back on Top”. The Black Pavarotti wrote and co-produced all of the songs alongside songwriter and producers 314 , J. Reese, James Macon, Simon Illa, Jamel Kimbrough, Andre Isom , S.O.S.C., .Jeff Tight, and Vaughn P'aschel.
Dave had the gastric bypass (Aug. 13, 2004) and lost 150 lbs. hoping to be an inspiration to all those with critical weight problems. Attributing his ability to persevere in the entertainment industry the large man bows down to the Master of the Universe and righteously gives GOD his props.