David Corbell’s, We Are Love, will debut at London’s Pride on 6th July 2019.
David is not your average entry-pop star. At 40, his first EP is due out in September. David’s talent was snapped up by one of the UK’s biggest songwriters and producers, Eliot Kennedy.
Inspired by Lady Gaga, David Bowie and with a dash of Freddie Mercury, David’s musicianship has been developed and produced by Kennedy, the man who mentored Little Mix and developed and wrote chart hits for girl and boy bands such as S Club, Blue, Take That and the Spice Girls.
Eliot Kennedy said: “David’s journey to performing at Pride is an inspiration to me. I’m a huge believer in talent shining through and following your dreams, no matter what age. David is doing just that, and I think he’ll speak to a lot of people with his positivity.”
Corbell grew up in San Francisco and lives in the ‘centre of the gay world’, the Castro. A shy kid, studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music he went to a Catholic Jesuit school and felt closeted. It wasn’t until his twenties that he came out after meeting his now husband, Tudor.
David said: “Being introverted had a lot to do with not knowing who I was yet and not being comfortable in my own skin.”
David went down a business route but music still ‘consumed’ him: “I had this existential question that popped into my head in my early 30's that said, ‘If I could do anything and there were no limitations, and my hard work would be the only thing that matters, what in the entire world would I do?’ The answer was pretty much immediate – music.”
After training at Dub Spot in New York in DJ’ing, he moved into writing music. A summer in London and introduction to The Songwriting Academy put him in touch with Eliot Kennedy and his famous studios, Steelworks, based in Sheffield.
David said: “We hit it off so well that he offered to project manage my EPs. I think I'm an honorary Sheffieldian at this point! Go Steelers!"
David will play the Wentworth Music Festival on 15 June as well as his performance from the main stage at Trafalgar Square for Pride in July.
“I’m a proud member of the LGBT+ community and can't wait to entertain that audience. The things I’ve learned on my journey I really want to get out to the world, and not just to other gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual kids, but anyone struggling with being free or themselves. It’s really about being yourself and empowering yourself,” David said.
He strives to be like his idol Lady Gaga, to use music to uplift and bring people together, with her Born This Way anthem, and charitable foundation.
David said: “She brilliantly uses pop culture to advance a message of acceptance, and to live your life how you're meant to. That's the model I want to dedicate myself to, and what I think about when I write empowering songs like my first single We Are Love, my ode to the beautiful, positive, and underrepresented souls of the world.”.