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David Luning's music has been called “gritty, joyful, soulful Americana.” His earnest songwriting, lively story-telling, and rich, captivating voice would have you believe you’re listening to a hardened veteran of Nashville. In the style and spirit of Americana trailblazers like Ryan Adams, Todd Snider, and John Prine, Northern California’s David Luning puts his own stamp on the genre, with his songs of authentic life, heartache and loss, heartwarming humor, and foot stomping sing-alongs.
While living in Boston, studying at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of Americana greats like John Prine for the first time. "Something just clicked. It was like a bolt of lightning that struck my soul. The kind of music that spoke of real life. It was simple and real... like a family that I wanted to be a part of. 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, Alt-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 all of his original songs. "He can entertain and delight large crowds, performing solo with his guitar, and his harmonica". For events calling for a killer band, David plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin, and Linden Reed. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist.
2Cellos, Leon Russell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Rodney Crowell, Elvin Bishop, Junior Brown, Dave Alvin, David Bromberg, John Corbett, Aaron Lewis, Albert Lee, The Waymores, Tim and Nicky Bluhm, Truth and Salvage Company, Matt the Electrician, Poor Man's Whiskey, Audrey Auld, Carolyn Wonderland, Jimbo Mathus, and others.
Kate Wolf Music Festival (sold more CD's than any other artist/band at the festival) , Stagecoach Music Festival, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, EarleFest, Petaluma Music Festival, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, Rivertown Revival, Summer Arts and Music Festival, Handcar Regatta, Levi's Gran Fondo
Wells Fargo Center, 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), Rancho Nicasio, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, HopMonk, The Last Day Saloon, Aubergine, The Hotel Utah, plus many more nationwide.
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, and many more!
Americana Music Association Chart #52
Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR Chart) #16
CKUA Radio Network (Canada) #18
KDHX Americana Charts #48
WEST COAST SONGWRITER'S COMPETITIONS
"A Little Bit Bad" - Voted Best Song
"Whiskey Bottle" - Voted Best Song
"Northern California" - 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
"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
*Our Kind of Music Interview - 2014
*American Idol - 2014
*American Songwriter, a one-half-hour TV / Internet show
*California Live Mic on Loudville TV
ACTING, VOICE OVERS, AND DANCE
* David was cast as Remote Guy in a Comcast Sportsnet Commercial for the Giants, "Mini Wingman Remote"
* David has performed in over 11 plays, including the male lead in "Idiot's Delight".
* Cast as a cocaine addict in a TV show called "I (Almost) Got Away With It" in an episode called "Caught By a Cougar"
* Cast as an extra in two TV episodes: "I (Almost) Got Away With It" and "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.
*ASCAP - Member
*Americana Music Association - Member
*West Coast Songwriters - Member
Mongrel Music - 415-485-5100
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