Aton

Aton

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandJazzReggae

Rooted in traditional reggae rhythm, Aton delivers a passionate sound, sending a message of hope and unity to the world. Visit www.atonreggae.com for more information, to listen to Aton or view their videos.

Biography

David Willingham - Vocals, Melodica, Trumpet, Moog, Percussion
Co-founder of Aton in 2003, Willingham is an accomplished musician, composer and producer. Growing up in the Dallas area he began playing the trumpet as a young boy in school. Currently heading up Aton and managing Third EyeLand Productions, Willingham has played with numerous artists and bands; Yerba from 1998 to 2001, Page 43 with Jason Davis from 2001 to 2003, Erykah Badu's "Jam Session" featuring Comon and Talib Kweli,  for the Dallas Can Benefit Concert Bronco Bowl 2001, "Stan Kazz" funk and jazz band, 4th trumpet chair in the Dallas Jazz Orchestra 2002-03, Future Soul Sound Clash 2003-present, Cas Haley, Wood Belly and most recently in the horn section live at Granada Theater Dallas with Emily King and Dwele.   In the recording studio, Willingham has worked with Spoon Fed Tribe's in the release of We Are Part Of The Problem, 2003; additionally, in January, 2008, Willingham and his Third EyeLand Production Company released Aton's debut CD, Reunify.   The CD, mastered at Tuff Gong studios, includes nine tracks of reggae/jazz influenced music, and one cover of P. Sanders "The Creator has a master Plan." June 2008-David Just recorded a duet with legendary reggae singer, Luciano. David delivers powerful lyrics with titles such as Pray and We Are All as well as Miles Davis, Agustus Pablo inspired  instrumentals .  Willingham brings a conscience voice for social awareness and community by spreading the message of love, hope and unity in the world.

Ty Hudnall - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Hudnall, co-founder of Aton, began playing sax and guitar earlier in life.  Hudnall received the Lewis Armstrong Award and participated in numerous solo and jazz competitions throughout high school and college. Trained as a jazz musician, Hudnall has performed with Yerba, Page 43 and Jason Davis, in Erykah Badu's "Jam Session" for the Dallas Can Benefit Concert at the Bronco Bowl in 2001and many other festivals and events throughout the area. A Thai massage professional and principal of Sacred Art Thai Massage Studio in Dallas, TX, he is currently developing and practicing an alternative healing method centered on music.

Matt Chapman - Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Moog
Trained as a classical pianist from the age of eight, Chapman participated and won numerous competitions throughout his school years. Playing alongside Willingham and Hudnall, he was part of Yerba, Day Street Project, Alexander's Ragtime Band and much more. Also a Thai massage professional owns and operates the Sacred Art Thai Massage Studio in Dallas, TX, with Hudnall.  Chapman has studied music therapy and Thai massage extensively; he works with children and adults perfecting his skill for healing including the applied art of Kung Fu massage. 

Jason Davis – Flute
Davis is a seasoned, musician, saxophonist, composer, educator, sound designer and 
music producer from Dallas. With over 20 years of professional and public performance experience, Davis began performing classical clarinet solos around town at age eight. Davis fell in love with the tone of the saxophone and quickly switched over to tenor sax. The teachers and mentors that helped nurture his natural talent were Rev. Sly Wallace, Dean Hill and Norman Fisher. Davis leads his own jazz quintet, appearing in shows with Roy Ayers, David "fat head" Newman, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and a special performance for the Mexican Consulate General.
As a studio artist he has recorded with the groups Pieces of a Dream, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Young West, Page 43, the DFW Art Ensemble, Redd Young, Charles Collins, Ndami, God's Property, ATON and several other self produced 
jazz compilations. Featured in The Dallas Morning News, Davis was spotlighted in the growing Dallas Jazz Scene as the creator of the conversion based art-form, Huesic. His sideman experience includes accompanying Sandra Kaye, Jeannette Brantley, Emily King, The East Texas All-stars, The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield's Band), Cuba Godding Sr., Dwele, Onzy Matthews Big Band, Laney Mc Donald, Paul Salos Big Band, Inner City All-stars Brass Band, Robert Sanders Big Band, Roger Boykin, George Florence, Camp Wisdom, Lucky Peterson, Norah Jones, Claude Johnson, Flipside and Dolphin Cruises Lines.
Serving community programs through service and education , Davis's contributed performances include; Susan G. Komen Relay for Life, DIFFA Dallas benefit at  the Crescent Hotel, Maynard Jackson Elementary, Elisha M. Pease Learning Center, Yvonne Ewell Townview Center, Clean South Dallas House, Lincoln High School, the Black Forest Theatre, Upward Bounds, The MAC, Mountain View College, Science Place, Jazz Artist in Residence at the South Side on Lamar Lofts, the Girl Scouts of America, Phi Delta Kappa, Dallas Museum of Art, Sambuca Jazz Cafes, A Taste of Dallas Festival, Strictly Tabu, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, Texas College, Blac

Lyrics

Pray

Written By: David Willingham


PRAY
we can heal ourselves with love
tomorrow's another day
don't feel lost in the void
fly high on the wings of change
SEE
give birth to the unknown
and rise above the pain
the seeds have all been sewn
peace in your heart will win the war on hate

Beautiful people in the house it's the place to be
all you haters bow down and get down on your knees
Give praise to the reggae that you hear in your ears
Check your ego at the door and dry away your fears
We're all just here for a limited time
Just passin through pain on the way to divine
Be the sun that burns bright in the sky
Ya don't need a ladder if you know how to fly
Singing
PRAY
we can heal ourselves with love
tomorrow's another day
don't feel lost in the void
fly high on the winds of change
SEE
give birth to the unknown
and rise above the pain
the seeds have all been sewn
peace in your heart will win the war on hate

This walk through life is always better in pairs
so jump in the void make sure your prepared
bring the man the boy the spirit in you
be humble face yourself and do what you do
Let love be the light that guides your path
Put yin and yang together you'll do the math
Be careful what you ask for don't put God on a shelf
Love and understands are the stepping stones to wealth singing

PRAY
we can heal ourselves with love
tomorrow's another day
don't feel lost in the void
fly high on the winds of change
SEE
give birth to the unknown
and rise above the pain
the seeds have all been sewn
peace in your heart will win the war on hate

Now killin for freedom is the way of the past
LOVE is the answer not a tank full of gas
Don't believe everything that you see and hear
The only enemy we have is poverty greed and fear
message that I bring is only a start
We have to pray for the people with hate in their heart
The message that I bring is only a start
We have to pray for the people with hate in their heart
Respect mother earth and lisen to the signs
If you don't pay attention you'll get left behind singing
PRAy pray Love Day Void void See unknown war on hate

PRAY
we can heal ourselves with love
tomorrow's another day
don't feel lost in the void
fly high on the winds of change
SEE
give birth to the unknown
and rise above the pain
the seeds have all been sewn
peace in your heart will win the war on hate

The Creator Has A Master Plan

Written By: P.Sanders/ Arr. David Willingham

Yeye Yeye Yeye Ya ya ya
There is a place
The Sun will always shine
Rainbows are the shadows of a love so divine
In my heart I yearn
For this spirits return
And I cry
As time
Goes By

Yeye Yeye Yeye

The Creator has a master plan
Peace and happiness through all the land
The Creator has a working plan
Peace and Happiness through all the land
The Creator makes but one demand
Peace and happiness through all the land
The Creator makes but one demand
Peace and happiness through all the land

We Are All

Written By: David Willingham


We are all one step away
from that man on the street
With no food pon his mouth
and no shoes on his feet
We are all one step away
with no food pon his mouth
and no shoes on his feet

Jah will send you love
and conquer all your fear
and dry away your tears
let him love you
Jah will send you love
and conquer all your fear
and dry away your tears
let him love you

JAH

RELAX

See that man on the side of the street
Standing on the crossroads with no shoes on his feet
Not the type of guy you would normally meet

LIsten to his message within it holds a lesson

He says he needs some change
He says he's in-be-tween
Your heart is beating fast as you try to retreat
But no amount of running can change your destiny
So you open up Jah doorway and you plant jah seed

We are all one step away
from that man on the street
With no food pon his mouth
and no shoes on his feet
We are all one step away
with no food pon his mouth
and no shoes on his feet

Jah will send you love
and conquer all your fear
and dry away your tears
let him love you
Jah will send you love
and conquer all your fear
and dry away your tears
let him love you Say Jah

Reunify

Written By: David Willingham

Reunify

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

Open your mind, focus unwind
concentrate, question and contemplate
consecrate this ground for foundation
balance back with faith for salvation

Education, experience life
Meditation, rise to serious heights
Penetration, break through breath through ventilation
read for revelation, bleed through dedication
Sun sunshine combined with the moon
A rhythm and a rhyme in time with a tune
Tune in insight for the blind
I write for the grind
I fight for rights to right wrong
My goal is life long but you better believe
I'll be dyin' on my feet instead of livin' on my knees
Even when I'm dependent on my seeds
I'm gon' reunify so we can fly free

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

We wanna walk with ya so I must switch up the flow
The revolution comin it's time to get up and go
If you give up your soul for showin a little dough
Then homie you ain't gon hold me we multidimensional
Whether you friend or foe
We blow dro or go toe to toe
Chin check or choke we kin folk
I know, I been broke
I'm in it to win it now
The judge gave me life
And I'm gon finish my sentence out
I'm sendin Lieutenants out
To hit em like in and out
keepin that criminal shhh at minimal when in doubt
Easy star listen
Look at what you been givin
And look at what you needn't
Your family is what you feed em
We ain't freedom fighters
We fightin by being righteous
Battling babylon they got to stereotype us
Beware the vampire
The viper eyes on Zion
Tying the mind and body together reunifyin

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

Don't deny your destiny
you have to rise in flight
Intuition is the way now
Reunify

The dew has come from the mountain top to quench the drought
Cool water from the river allowing change to sprout
The harvest will fail if we tug at the roots
And the truth will be revealed by the sound of soldiers boots
There will always be conflict between light and dark
Expansion/Contraction with love as the spark
Sacrifice is the bridge that connects left to right
I and I will mend this broken world reunify

Discography

Third Eye Land Productions Presents:
Aton
Aton’s debut CD Reunify is an enlightening and powerful experience. Performing in the Dallas area over the last two years, the band has perfected their unique sound of reggae rhythm and jazz horns while establishing a loyal fan base. Powered by David Willingham, co-founder and producer, the band brings fresh new music to reach out to audiences in a socially conscious manner.
The title track “Reunify” speaks to finding balance in humanity and the world. The video for the CD, shot by Hal Samples of Space Studios, primarily in downtown Dallas, covers the fifth track “We Are All” and beautifully conveys the emotional and compelling needs of the homeless.

Willingham composed and wrote most all the music for Reunify and his powerful stage presence is impressive. With dynamic lead vocals and vibrant trumpet sounds, he leads Aton in an exciting mix of reggae jazz fusion. All are experienced musicians and many were raised in Dallas. The band includes; Ty Hudnall - Saxophone, Jason Davis - Flute, Gaika James – Trombone, Dave Burris – Guitar, Matt Chapman - Keyboards, Hank Fore - Bass, Bryant “Iyar” Thomas – Drums, Candice "Mahogany" Miller - Supporting Vocals,
and Damascus – vocals.

Rooted in traditional reggae rhythm, Aton delivers a passionate sound, sending a message of hope and unity to the world. Visit www.atonreggae.com for more information, to listen to Aton or view their socially conscious videos. Aton Has Just Finished a new single "Lonely People" featuring Luciano. This Single is due to release Aug 2008.

Set List

Esu O

Pray

Orisia

Creator

We Are All

Pheonix

Running Away/Get up

Reunify

Dub in the 5th

POW

Rasta Man Chant/You Can't Blame The Youth

Fire in the Heart

Stir it up

We have more than enough repertoire to fill a 2 hour time slot.
Our typical set is 1-2 hours.