A Quick Summary: David Nevue is an internationally recognized pianist, composer and recording artist. He has released sixteen albums of his original piano works and arrangements, including two "Piano Album of the Year" winners; Overcome (2005) and Winding Down (2015). His latest album, 2019's In the Soft Light of Grace, went to #1 on both the Amazon.com and iTunes music sales charts for his genre and entered the top 5 on Billboard's album charts. As of 2020, David's music has surpassed 1.4 billion spins on Pandora Radio, a remarkable feat for an independent artist. A seasoned performer, David has shared the stage with some of the genre's most recognized names, including David Lanz, Wayne Gratz, Peter Kater, Suzanne Ciani, Robin Spielberg, Michele McLaughlin, Philip Wesley and numerous others. David’s music can be heard virtually anywhere you listen to music, including Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Music Choice and Pandora Radio.
Notable Career Milestones: David began promoting his music online in 1995 - an "internet age" before iTunes, MP3 files or even the ability to accept credit cards online. In 1997, David penned the first edition of his book "How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet" which went on to become the authoritative work (and college textbook) of its time on the topic of online music marketing. In 2003, David founded Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio, the very first Internet radio broadcast to feature solo piano music exclusively. In July 2006, The Wall Street Journal included David on their "New Media Power List" of producers "being catapulted into a position of enormous influence." In 2007, David's album Adoration: Solo Piano Hymns became his first #1 charting album.In 2012, David was added to the "Official Kawai Piano Artist" roster and in 2018, upgraded to Shigeru Kawai Piano Artist. In 2018, David was interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine for an article about the "Lucrative World of Solo Piano Music." In 2019, David's arrangement of Greensleeves was recorded and released by world renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang.
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David was born in November, 1965 and lived his young life in the Coos Bay/North Bend Oregon area. His mother, a diner cook and waitress, took on the job as "full-time amazing mom" while his father worked at the local lumber mill. If you knew David in those days, you would never have expected him to grow up to become a successful musician. His family was the furthest thing from musical - there wasn't a musician (or even a singer) in the bunch. Even so, his grandparents, who lived nearby, had a little organ that sat unplayed at their home. Unplayed, that is, until David, as a young boy, discovered it. He had a natural, inborn ear for music - and when he was at "grandma and grandpa's", he'd gravitate toward that organ, sit down, and "find", by ear, melodic lines he heard on the radio and TV (the first song he remembers learning to play was "Windy" by the Association.) His musical influences during these impressionable years? Beyond listening to his mother's Elvis, Paul Anka and Beach Boys records, David was an avid fan of The Monkees. To this day he credits the Monkees TV show with instilling in him the desire to be a musician.
When he was 12, David's parents were finally able to arrange for him to take piano lessons. They even found, and purchased, an inexpensive upright piano for him at a garage sale. However, after some dramatic family events, a move from Oregon to Colorado and three different piano teachers in three years, David quit his formal lessons. He had little interest in playing classical music or hymns... so he became an unmotivated student. By the age of 15, David moved on to other things, as teenagers do. Writing poetry was, at that time, his primary creative outlet, and while he still enjoyed playing the piano, it was more of a "just for fun whenever" thing. He would sometimes try his hand at writing his own "rock" songs (with lyrics) or teach himself songs he heard on the radio that he wanted to play. The music David was into at the time? Alternative "New Wave" music, the Police, Supertramp, the Alan Parsons Project, the Electric Light Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Kansas and Jethro Tull to name a few. Although playing the piano wasn't David's "forte" at this point in life, he was still very active in music - as a singer - in his high school music choirs (concert choir, madrigals and jazz/dance choir). He performed in his first stage musical (Kiss Me Kate) his senior year. His high school music teacher, Brad Peterson, had a profoundly positive influence on David's life. Another great encourager to him was Frances Nickel, his creative writing teacher, who helped him refine his poetic writings. Finally, for those of you are familiar with the life stories David shares as his concerts, it was during this time that his father began his ministry work as part-time pastor, street preacher and evangelist.
After graduating from General William Mitchell High School in 1983, David returned to his home state of Oregon to attend George Fox College (now a University), where he planned to pursue a degree in music. However, after a single semester, David dropped his music major, having come to realize that teaching music - which was what the major was geared toward - was not a practical choice for him. About this time, as he was wondering "What now?," David's college roomate introduced him to the piano music of George Winston. That changed everything. Prior to hearing Winston's music, David's definition of "solo piano" would have been straight-up classical or jazz, neither of which drew his interest. Winston's music was entirely different - it was melodic, with a very "song-like" structure he could relate to. Fascinated by Winston's impressionistic, easy-to-listen-to style, David began to explore composing music in a similar vein. Around this same time, David was taking a music theory course that was so intense that he was one of only five students who didn't drop the class. This class, taught by Dr. John Bowman, opened his eyes up to the keyboard in a new way. For the first time, David could play the piano not only by ear, but to a degree, through pattern and chord/key recognition. Even better, one of the perks of having been a music major was that David was assigned a campus work/study job within the Music Department - which meant he had his own key to the music building and all the practice rooms. This was a huge blessing, as he could go in late at night, undesturbed and unseen, and sit alone at the piano and experiment for hours.
By the time he entered his Sophomore year, David's small circle of friends had evolved to include other musicians, actors and other creative personalities. Having left his music major behind, David turned his attention to studies in marketing and communication, the theatrical arts, acting and creative writing. Ouside the classroom, David pursued music as a "career of interest." He saved up his campus work-study earnings and purchased a Roland Juno 106 synthesizer and amp, and played piano/synth and wrote songs for a variety of "almost garage bands" comprised of an ever-changing assortment of roomates, dorm-mates and friends. During this time of bursting musical creativity, his musical tastes and inspirations become more ecclectic, and the soundtrack of his life became dominated by the music of Rush, Pink Floyd, U2, Kate Bush, the Irish band Clannad, art-rock-poet Jeff Johnson and the 70's progressive piano-poetry-rock band Renaissance. Oh, and he STILL loved the Monkees.
Much of David's musical output during his time at George Fox wasn't so much solo piano as it was piano-based songs with added synthesizer, lyrics and vocals. In 1985 (his Sophomore Year), David participated in a college album project called Reception, which gave David the opportunity to record one of his original songs in a "real, live recording studio..." free for two hours! In the time alloted, David produced his first-ever studio recording... a song called Midnight Moonlight, which featured David on piano and vocal and friend and fellow pianist David Gilmore on synth. Two years later, David participated in a second college album project called Just Passin' Thru, this time contributing two songs; the first, under his own name, called Whispering featured David on piano/synth/lead vocal with guest musicians Linda Dobbeck (flute/backing vocals) and Steve Poor (percussion/voice effects). The second tune was a song called Winter Walk, featuring David on piano and synth, his college roommate Chris Divine singing lead vocal and Steve Poor on percussion and bells. As David was not technically allowed to contribute two songs to the Passin' Thru project... this "second" song was released under the faux band name "London Calling." Over time, Midnight Moonlight and Winter Walk each evolved into the solo piano versions you hear on David's first album The Tower and his 2005 album Overcome. Somewhat ironically, the song Whispering was never developed beyond this one very rare recording.
Despite all these musical explorations in college, David wasn’t really known for his musicianship - and certainly not for his piano playing. Outside his very small circle of band-mates, few knew he played or composed music for solo piano - that was something he was pretty secretive about, keeping his piano playing mostly to the practice rooms. David did spend time in the spotlight - but not as a musician - as an actor. By his Junior year, he had become very involved in theater. He played Demetrius in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, supportive roles in Oh it’s Just War, J.B. and You Can't Take it With You and lead roles in both Coyote Goes Upriver and a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The latter was David’s favorite, as not only did he play the lead human role, “Michael Average,” he also composed the synthesizer-based score for the stage play. That score included melodies that were later developed as solo piano compositions released under the titles Solitude, The Assimilation and Undertow on David’s albums The Tower, While the Trees Sleep and Open Sky respectively.
His senior year of college, David was selected for the six-person improvisational theater group Intermission and for a short time he interned with Chrysalis Theater Company. On the creative writing side, David was editor and co-editor (along with Chris Divine and Fred Tillman) of his college literary arts magazine Wineskin, which featured the poetry and prose of the student body. David also self-published a book of his original poetry called These Winter Months. Bottom line, if you were only casually acquainted with David in college, you probably knew him as an actor or poet - not as a musician - but it was during this time, and with these theatrical experiences, that David developed his ability to perform on stage, improvise in the moment and play to an audience.
David’s first public performance as purely a "solo pianist" came in 1987, near the end of his senior year. He debuted his original piano composition, The Princess (which later appeared on The Tower), for a college-wide talent show. When he finished playing the song, David requested three music notes from the audience and proceeded to improvise a theme on the spot. David took first place at this competition, winning $50 - his first "music made money."
1987 was also the year David met Julie, the love of his life. She was an accomplished violinist and, like him, played the piano. She was, however, classically trained, and spent ten years of her young life playing violin with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Naturally, they had a love of music in common.
After graduating from George Fox College in 1987 with a B.A. in Communication Arts (with an emphasis on Writing and Literature), David purchased a Helpenstill Roadmaster 64 piano for its band-worthy portability (check out this video of the device) and played piano, keyboards, wrote and sang his "piano plus synth" material as part of the progressive rock band "Thorn." The band's core members (other than David) included Steve Poor (drums & guitar) and David Day (bass), along with part-time supporting members Joy Poor (vocals/percussion) and Julie Nevue (vocals/violin). The band's musical style might be best described as a blend of Kansas and Supertramp with a twist of folk-acoustic added. After just two short years in the band, David and Julie married and David decided the time had come to leave his "rock star" days behind to focus on his new marriage and earning a paycheck.
David’s early years were creatively strained. Once he left college, he no longer had easy access to a piano (he still had his Helpenstill, but that only had 64 keys!), making it a challenge to practice and even more difficult to compose new songs. Fortunately, he and his wife attended Tigard Friends Church near their apartment, and the church pastor was gracious enough to allow him to stop in and practice on their grand piano after his work day. At this time, David had a job in the desktop publishing business at BCT in Tigard, OR (a suburb of Portland.)
By 1991, David had a dozen original solo piano songs ready to record, but had no idea where to record his music. He consulted with local Pacific NW artist Jeff Johnson, whom David considered a great musical inspiration during his college years and - based on his recommendation - ended up at the home studio of Billy Oskay (of Nightnoise fame). There, he recorded his first album, The Tower, in a single studio session. The ten track debut album was based on a short story that David had written in college. He took that story and put it to music, making the album a soundtrack of sorts. David released the finished album in 1992 - in cassette format - and played his first "Album Release Concert" at his church. David sold his "cassette" album to friends, family and co-workers initially, then made brochures about the release and mailed them to every person he'd ever known in his life that he could find. Any money David made from the sale of the album, he set aside to invest in possible future albums.
David continued to write for piano in his spare time (he was working 50-60 hour work weeks at BCT at this point). Eventually, he saved up enough money (and composed enough songs) to record his second album, While the Trees Sleep. This time, David recorded at White Horse Studios in Portland with engineer Bob Stark at the helm. Released in 1995, While the Trees Sleep was a real departure from the more dramatic sound of The Tower. While The Tower was an exploratory, experimental album, on While the Trees Sleep it was evident that David had begun to find his sound and the unique, melodic piano style he's become known for.
1995 was a transformational year for David. He took a job working for Symantec Corporation in Eugene, OR, providing both telephone and BBS support for their software products (primarily Q&A Database and pcAnywhere for DOS and Windows). At Symantec, David found himself in the hotbed of innovation with a front row seat to the tech industry just as the internet began to boom. While testing Mosaic,, the world's first web browser, David become one of the first artists to create a web site to market his music. He used it to promote his While the Trees Sleep album and to experiment with marketing ideas for selling his music on the "world wide web." Within two years, David was selling several CDs a week online while building up a mailing list of new fans from all over the world. As before, he saved up his earnings from CD sales and performances (at local coffee shops, restaurants, galleries and malls) and in 1997, headed back into the studio (this time recording at Heavywood Studios in Portland, again with Bob Stark at the helm) to record his third album, The Last Waking Moment, an album inspired by a dream his wife had about a face to face meeting with Jesus. David put the story of the dream to music, following a "musical soundtrack" approach similar to what he'd done for his first album, The Tower.
By this time (1997), David realized that he had found a niche selling his music online. When he talked to other musicians he knew, they either weren’t promoting their music online at all or, if they had a web site, but weren’t selling much of anything. This gave David the idea to write a book to document his music marketing ideas and what was working for him. In November 1997, David released the first edition of How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet, which he updated periodically for fourteen years (2011 was the final edition). The book was a big hit with independent musicians and even went on to become a textbook for music business classes at a couple of colleges. Between book sales and sales of his first three albums, he was able to very quickly start thinking about recording another album.
In July 1999, David released his fourth album, The Vigil (recorded at Kung Fu Bakery Studio in Portland, Bob Stark at the helm.) Influenced heavily by the Psalms, The Vigil follows the events of a single, sleepless night spent in meditation and prayer. The album thematically begins at midnight, and ends at sunrise the next morning. The liner notes contain a perfect example of David's multi-faceted approach to his art, blending his original poetry with scripture to express the story of the music in poetic/prose form. To this day, David considers The Vigil one of his personal favorites.
By mid 2000, it became apparent to David that he might have a BIG opportunity to create and sell a brand new product-type based entirely on his music... sheet music downloads! Requests from fans had started to come in for sheet music, and this was an entirely new sales and product opportunity. After some research and asking around, Kathy Parsons of Wind and Wire Magazine referred David to a well-respected transcriptionist and he had his first sheet music title transcribed... "Home" from The Vigil. The sheet music went for sale on his web site in late January 2001, and on February 2nd, David sold his first ever "downloadable" product. David was among the very first independent music artists to offer sheet music downloads for sale from their own web site.
On March 9, 2000, David’s first child, Nathan, was born. This was life-changing to say the least, but lots of changes were coming. By late 2000, David was making as much income running his "on the side" music business online as he was working his full time job at Symantec. With his Internet business booming, David saved up a year’s salary and, with that in the bank, quit his day job at Symantec in November 2001 to focus solely on his music business and other entreprenurial ventures.
After four albums, the time had come for David to release a "best of" collection highlighting some of his most popular works. So, in 2001, he released Whisperings: The Best of David Nevue (1985-2000), a seventeen-track collection of fan favorites from his first four albums. The collection included two "bonus" tracks, a never-before released arrangement of "I Wonder as I Wander," and an original piece, "The Night Season," which didn't make the cut for The Vigil. Ironically, these two "previously unreleased" tracks became among the most popular on the album. The Whisperings: Best of... album as a whole has been one of David's most successful releases.
Not long after, David released another album of original works, Postcards from Germany. The music on Postcards was inspired by David’s travels to Germany and Austria with his wife in 1998. Each song represents a "postcard" of an event, place or adventure on the trip, making the album a musical scrapbook of sorts - and a way for David to reflect back on his favorite memories through music. Postcards marked the start of a new era for David’s music; it was the first album for which he was able to financially invest in an international radio campaign. Over 200 stations worldwide picked up the album, as did music subscription services such as Music Choice, Muzak and DMX. Even though it was his first active radio campaign, Postcards from Germany went all the way to #2 on the Zone Music Reporter radio charts, a reporting system that measures radio play for the Classical/Acoustic/Ambient/New Age music genres. Beyond radio, David's song "One Night at Mozart's" from Postcards was a virtual hit on MP3.com, a site which, at this time in history, was a central hub for independently released music.
One of the biggest challenges facing David as a solo piano artist was getting significant and consistent airplay on radio. After all, there weren’t any stations dedicated to "solo piano" music in existence at the time, and programs that did include contemporary piano in their playlists were generally of the late night, sleepy "New Age" music variety. So, seeing a need to expand the footprint of the solo piano radio genre, David decided to create his own radio broadcast. In August of 2003, David launched Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio, an Internet radio station featuring solo piano music exclusively. Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio was the very first broadcast of its kind (solo piano only) and it enjoyed being one of the only twenty or so "Interet Radio" stations available on iTunes at that time. Its popularity exploded, and within eighteen months, Whisperings was the #1 radio broadcast on the entire Live365 Radio Network, a position it held for seven years until 2010, when David moved his broadcast to his own servers to avoid being "locked in" to Live365.com. This decision to exit the Live365.com network turned out to be prescient, as Live365 shut down in 2016 in part due to the loss of the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2009. As of this update (2020), Whisperings Radio continues to broadcast thousands of listeners each day promoting the music of over 350 solo piano artists from around the world.
As David's music grew in popularity, fans began to request a Christmas album. For years, David balked at the idea, having no desire to play Christmas music, but an appeal by one of his former managers at Symantec helped him see he had an opportunity to tell the story of the birth of Jesus in a new an interesting way. Once he caught the "vision" of it, David got behind the idea and in late 2003, released O Come Emmanuel, his first (and so far only) Christmas album. The album, now a fan favorite, features David's very unique interpretations of both popular and traditional Christmas songs. You'll note that David sticks to arranging songs that tell the traditional story of the birth of Christ, which was his intent. O Come Emmanuel rose to #2 on the ZMR charts and stayed there for the duration of the 2003 holiday season.
In June, 2003, David’s second child, Noelle, was born. Having two small children in the house, David couldn't help but be inspired by the adventures fatherhood brought. So in May of 2004, David released his eighth album, Sweet Dreams & Starlight, containing sweet songs, melodies and lullabies he wrote for his children. Included on the release were also tracks leftover from previous recording sessions, including his arrangement of "Greensleeves," which was cut from O Come Emmanuel as it didn't fit well into the "traditional" theme of Jesus' birth. Also included; "Across the Velvet Sea" and "The Face of the Deep," both recorded during the Postcards sessions, and "The Gift," which had previously been released on O Come Emmanuel but was so popular David wanted to include it on an album that would not be limited to Christmas season listening. While many consider Sweet Dreams & Starlight to be a "chidren's album", David prefers to instead think of it as a "father's album." David's son Nathan (at age 2) is featured on the album's dreamy carousel cover. Sweet Dreams topped the ZMR radio charts at #5.
David’s life was about to change again, but this time, it wasn’t an addition to his family, but a loss. In October, 2003, David lost his father, a missionary, evangelist and street preacher, to cancer. Many of the songs David composed and arranged during this time reflected his coming to grips with this loss. In 2005, David released Overcome, a tribute to his father’s unwavering faith and a musical testimony to relying on God’s sovereignty during difficult times. Overcome went to #2 on the charts, and was nominated for – and won – "Best Instrumental Piano Album of 2005" at the Lifestyle Music Awards. This was David's first "award" of any kind, and to this day Overcome is one of David's most well-known, respected and widely-recognized works.
2005 also marked the beginning of David’s touring career. One big element of David’s vision for the Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio project was to create an opportunity for solo piano artists to perform concerts together. 2005 saw the first Whisperings concert in Bellevue, WA which featured not only David, but also pianists Joe Bongiorno, Joe Yamada, Mike Strickland and Alexx Carnathan. A big success, this show led to others, including a concert in St. Louis, MO. David had never played a concert so far from his home before and didn’t want to lose money on the trip, so he sent out an email to his e-list subscribers in the states of Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin asking if anyone was interested in hosting a "David Nevue" concert in their home or church. To his surprise, David got many responses and was able to put together a short tour that included eight performance dates. That was the first "David Nevue Concert Tour." David continues to tour - as circumstances allow - to this day, and he still books concert tours and events completely on his own simply by reaching out and connecting with fans and followers across the country.
One of the tracks included on David’s Overcome album was a heartfelt piano arrangement of It is Well With My Soul, one of his father’s favorite hymns. David's time working on that inspired him to create arrangements of other hymn favorites as well. This led to David's 2007 release, Adoration: Solo Piano Hymns. Adoration quickly rose to #1 on the Zone Reporter charts, becoming David's first #1 album. Adoration was also the first of many albums David recorded at the now famous Piano Haven recording studio. Adoration: Solo Piano Hymns was only the second album ever recorded there.
By this time in his life, David was regularly leading worship (on guitar and sometimes piano) at his church, so he had become intimately familiar with contemporary worship songs and melodies. While in the studio recording music for Adoration, David took frequent breaks to improvise on some of his favorites. This was done on a whim, but by the end of the recording session for Adoration, David had completed recordings of nine additional songs, all improvisations. David returned to Piano Haven a year later to record more improvisations, original melodies and hymns. The result was David’s eleventh album, Revelation: Solo Piano for Praise & Worship, released in 2009.
With work on Adoration & Revelation completed, David was freed up to return to his first love; creating original music. It had been five years since he'd released an album of original compositions and he was busting at the seams with new music and ideas. After releasing Overcome in 2005, David put thousands of miles on the road touring and performing his music. More often than not, he had his family along for the ride (his children were home-schooled in those days). The time they shared together, the adventures, the fun and fresh air, the life experiences... inspired music - and LOTS of it! During these very precious years, David composed and arranged almost two dozen new songs. David took the happiest, most joyful of those and in 2010, recorded his next album, A Delicate Joy, a celebration of life, family, faith and living every moment to the fullest. The album was released in November 2011 and went to #4 on the Zone Reporter Music charts. David's daughter Noelle (at age 4) is featured on the cover and elsewhere on the album artwork.
January, 2012 saw the release of Awakenings: The Best of David Nevue (2001-2010). Like the Whisperings: Best of... album before it, Awakenings was a "best of" collection of fan favorites. While Whisperings covered the years 1985-2000, Awakenings was a collection of musical highlights from albums released during the years 2001-2010 (Postcards from Germany, Sweet Dreams & Starlight, Overcome, Adoration and Revelation).
After finishing up A Delicate Joy, David was left with nearly an album's worth of songs that didn't fit into the "Delicate Joy" concept... songs that were more driving, edgy, experimental and even a little melancholy. He took those remaining compositions (plus a few new ones), returned to Piano Haven Studio, and in 2013 released Open Sky, one of David's most musically diverse albums. Open Sky is a musical expression of freedom, exploration and the exhilaration that comes from seeing and experiencing new things. It celebrates those wide awake moments when you feel truly alive... almost as if you were somehow standing a little closer to heaven. The album went to #3 on the Zone Music Reporter charts in December 2013.
These wonderful years traveling and touring with his wife and two children were some of the best, most joyful years of his life - resulting in two albums of some of his most uplifting and inspiring work.
After years on the road, touring and performing began to lose its luster. With his kids having made the transition from "home school" to formal public education, touring meant time away from his wife family. He felt the lonliness of solitary travel and even when he was home, the shadow of the next tour was always just around the corner. The growing pressure of meeting fan expectations and the emotional drain of baring his soul to rooms full of strangers started to get to him. He wisely decided to take a break from touring, and in October 2013, he put away his travel bag and took a deep breath, happy to be home with his family for an extended period of time.
Three months later, an unexpected thing happened. With his mind freed from the spectre of touring, his creative instincts returned, and over the course of about six weeks, under a flurry of inspiration, he composed an entire album of new music – aptly titled Winding Down. His approach to the new project was methodical, with the intent of creating deliberate compositions. In other words, David was not content to roll out whatever simple melodies fell on his hands through improvisation, he set out to finely craft the music in an effort to take his composition to "the next level." Recorded over two sessions at Piano Haven Studio, Winding Down was released in June 2015 to many accolades, including one of the most enthusiastic album reviews he'd ever received, which stated in part...
"Winding Down is pianist David Nevue's Pieta, his Mona Lisa, his Aida, his Gone With The Wind, his Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is his masterpiece, his crown jewel, his pinnacle of artistry. He has poured every ounce of himself into this magnificent record and it shows on every single track and during every minute. Nevue has opened a vein and bled out his soul onto the ivories... I was awestruck by the sheer emotional weight and musical beauty of the album. I don't even know how to begin describing the impact of what Nevue has achieved." - Bill Binkelman
Winding Down was nominated for Best Solo Piano Album of 2015 by both Zone Music Reporter and One World Music Radio (it won!) The album went to #2 on the Zone Music Reporter charts in November 2015 and was David's first entrance into the Top Ten on the Billboard Music charts.
Having (temporarily) stopped touring at the end of 2013, David took on another task - that of producing the Whisperings Solo Piano "All-Star Concert & Award Show". The event - the biggest production he'd ever taken on - was a dream of his, bringing together talented pianists from all over the world into one, massive, weekend event celebrating solo piano music. A huge undertaking, David teamed up with fellow pianists Joe Yamada and Joe Bongiorno (of Piano Haven Studio) to plan, organize and bring to life a weekend of artist activities that included "meet and greet" events, networking, music marketing workshops, opportunities to "hang out" and visit local attractions together and of course, the main "All Star" concert event for local fans. A solo piano fans dream, the "All Star" concert featured performances by popular artists from the broadcast (who performed the first half of the show) as well as the nominees for the Whisperings "Solo Piano Album of the Year" (filling out the second half). For the concert finale, the "Album of the Year" winner would be announced, the award presented, and the winning artist cheered on by peers and fans as they performed a winner's encore. The first Whisperings "All Star" Concert made its debut on January 26th, 2014 in Costa Mesa, CA, and was a hit with both fans and artists. This led to more events the following years in Costa Mesa, Seattle and Atlanta. In 2018, David added a second concert to the weekend festivities, a Saturday night Solo Piano "Discovery" Concert, which gave an opportunity for new artists to play who had never before performed at a Whisperings event. Over the course of the six years that David produced the Whisperings Artist Gathering, he provided opportunites for 75 different solo piano artists to perform to hundreds of dedicated fans, some of whom traveled large distances to attend.
After the critical success of Winding Down, David felt creatively spent. Years of performing, producing and the pressure of trying to improve upon his previous work weighed him down. Composing anything "worthwhile and interesting" (to his own critical ears) became a frustrating task. He privately began to wonder if Winding Down would ironically become his last work. David spent less and less time at his piano, as it became a symbol of unmet expectations, strife and frustration.
In late 2015, During this same time, David's mother was diagnosed with cancer. His focus turned to her and to helping her manage her disease and her affairs. His focus turned to her, to walking by her side through her suffering and uncertainty. Beyond this, he was experiencing chronic pain in his hands and knees and regular bouts of vertigo that affected his ability to work. All of this left him exhausted, under stress and frankly at an emotional low.
As his mother's health - and his own - continued to decline, he came to realize that in all things, he needed to simply - STOP - striving. He needed to deepen his faith and focus on his prayer life. He started walking - five miles a day - using that time in the fresh air to pray, think and to discover joy in the simplicity of simply being outside. The piano became his resting place. He completely abandoned all attempts to "compose anything of significance" and just played for the peace of it. David learned to just be quiet. To walk in grace. To be OK with just being and prayerfully accepting what is happening in this moment, giving thanks to God. This was a time of "emptying of self." Once David let go of all pretention, let go of the worry of "what if it isn't good enough," he started composing again... and the result was his most recent, 2019 release, In the Soft Light of Grace.
Currently, David is at work on two new album projects; a new album of original compositions and another which is, as of yet, being kept a secret.
David continues to promote his music on the Internet on a daily basis. You can follow his progress on Facebook, Twitter and/or sign up for his mailing list. If you think you might be interested in here David for a concert in your home, church, school or other venue, you can read up on how to book David for a concert here.
When David started his journey writing music for piano in the mid 1980’s, "solo piano" was an obscure, relatively unknown label for piano music. Today, there are hundreds of solo piano artists all around the world. Even so, David Nevue stands out. He has a unique, melodic sound, which soothes and calms in this busy, noisy world.
David Nevue, circa 1997 photo shoot for The Last Waking Moment.