David Best

David Best

 
SoloAmericanaGospel

Biography

Some of David Best's earliest memories are of riding in a car on the front seat between his grandmother, who had been a popular singer on mid-west radio and his grandfather, a songwriter/gospel singer/preacher known in the 1930's as "The Flying Parson of the Air." Traveling down the highways theyd sing gospel songs like "The Lily of the Valley." On its chorus, after they sang "Hallelujah, David would always plead, "Sing it again, Grandpa!" David was moved and touched deeply by music.

Before he even had conscious memory, Davids six-week old body was at St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles, resting in his parents arms, but soaking up the traditional black gospel music during the live Sunday night radio broadcasts. David believes The Echoes of Eden choir got into my soul--as much as is probably possible for a white boy!"

He remembers his other early musical influences:

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I grew up listening to the 78 records of the Colored Cleveland Quintet, the Haven of Rest Quartet, my parents and grandparents custom records, and later the Keller-York Quartet.

Some of my earliest memories are of sitting in front of my little record player. The inside lid was decorated with the Roy Rogers & Trigger decal I had picked out myself from the Kress's Dime Store on Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard. I loved to play my 45's of Roy and Dale, Tex Ritter -- and pretend I was a DJ or emcee announcing their music.

One of our family's favorite TV programs was "Town Hall Party," a locally produced Country-Western show televised from an auditorium in El Monte, California. We'd tune in faithfully each Saturday night to see well-known LA acts and local talent--some of whom went on to become nationally recognized artists.

These early years, my musical influence was primarily black gospel, a white gospel of the 1920s-40s (not so much Southern Gospel, as the music of Homer Rodeheaver, Austin Miles, etc.) My other music influences included Sons of the Pioneers, other cowboy singers, some folk, and a LA mix of Western swing, country, blues that came through those "Town Hall Party" shows.

My parents rarely listened to music on AM radio, so I didn't hear much current pop or rock music until I was a young teen. My first LP was "Meet the Beatles" I purchased as a 13 year old, the year it was released in the US.

In addition to the Beatles, Beach Boys, and Stones, my major musical influences as a teen were Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Rick Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eddy Arnold, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

Later, during my early twenties, I began listening to Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Emmylou Harris.

I love "roots" music. Truthfully, I love and listen to all kinds of music including jazz and classical. (But when it comes to playing and singing, I do Haggard better than Haydn!) My vocal sound tends to reflect these influences of LA folk/rock, black gospel, white gospel ballad, Bakersfield country, Memphis rockabilly, and Appalachian mountain.

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David Best loves music. David loves to sing. David is still moved by music just as he was as a young child. Let David Best sing you a song. Youll be moved by his music, too.

Lyrics

Sorrows Don't Get Me Down

Written By: David M. Best

Well my sorrows don't get me down no more.
Heartaches? Ain't got the time.
I just hold tight to the peace that I've found.
Jesus with me, I'm doin' fine.

Now don't go getting any wrong ideas
'Bout the way my life has been.
It ain't that I never had no trouble or pain,
But ever since I let the Savior in...

Well my sorrows don't get me down no more.
Heartaches? Ain't got the time.
I just hold tight to the peace that I've found,
Jesus with me, I'm doin' fine.

There's an old song that goes..."What a friend we have in Jesus"
And buddy, I know that it's true.
He'll never let you down, keep your feet heaven bound
You'll never have to sing the lonesome blues.

My sorrows don't get me down no more.
Heartaches? Ain't got the time.
I just hold tight to the peace that I've found.
Jesus with me, I'm doin' fine.

Copyright 1995 David M. Best & Highley Music Company (ASCAP)

(I See Jesus) Coming in the Clouds

Written By: David M. Best

I see Jesus comin’ in the clouds.
He’s walkin’ ore’ the wild, rolling sea.
I see Jesus comin’ in the clouds.
And I’m ready for that home prepared for me.

Trials of this old world can get you down.
There’s trouble on every hand you see.
And I know that Satan, he’s all around.
‘Cause he’s got you, ‘till my Jesus sets you free. And…

I see Jesus coming in the clouds.
He’s walkin’ ore’ the wild, rolling sea.
I see Jesus coming in the clouds.
And I’m ready for that home prepared for me.

I’ve done my share to add to this world’s woes.
Time there was I lived a life of sin,
But then one day, he said “Come unto me.”
That’s when I left my heart’s door wide for him. And…

I see Jesus coming in the clouds.
He’s walkin’ ore’ the wild, rolling sea.
I see Jesus coming in the clouds.
And I’m ready for that home prepared for me.

Yes I’m ready for that home prepared for me.

Copyright David M Best & Highley Music Company (ASCAP)

You Don’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone

Written By: David M. Best

You don’t have to cross Jordan alone.
Jesus never forsakes his own
Oh the strength that he gives
When your hands in his
You don’t have to cross Jordan alone

River of life seem so muddy and cold\
Clouds of doubt are always over head
With troubled waters so deep
Ain’t no path for your feet
Jesus comes, takes your hand and leads you on.

You don’t have to cross Jordan alone.
Jesus never forsakes his own
Oh the strength that he gives
When your hands in his
You don’t have to cross Jordan alone

If you’re often so discouraged
You don’t want to walk on
The good things that you planned they don’t seem to be
Just give him your will; his precious plans he will fulfill
As he whispers these words to your soul.

You don’t have to cross Jordan alone.
Jesus never forsakes his own
Oh the strength that he gives
When your hands in his
You don’t have to cross Jordan alone

Copyright David M. Best & Highley Music Company (ASCAP)

Footsteps

Written By: Gregory N. Morse

Friends they come and go like seasons changing.
Many don’t know what they’re living for.
Arms that once held loved ones, now are empty.
Are you searching still for something more?

There’s no reason to go on alone today.
For there’s one who’ll walk beside you on the way.
He has promised that he will, and he’ll walk with you until…
All your footsteps are with his one in the same.

Hopes and dreams pass surely as an hourglass,
Surely as the day meets setting sun.
Things that are of this life were not meant to last.
What will you have when your life here is done?

There’s no reason to go on alone today,
For there’s one who’ll walk beside you on the way.
He has promised that he will, and he’ll walk with you until…
All your footsteps are with his one in the same.

There’s no reason to go on alone today.
For there’s one who’ll walk beside you all the way.
He has promised that he will, and he’ll walk with you until…
All your footsteps are with his one in the same.

All your footsteps are with his one in the same.
All your footsteps are with his one in the same.
All your footsteps are with his one in the same.

Civil Music (ASCAP)

Discography

"Classic Gospel"
(Highley Records)
"Hard Country, Holy Gospel" (EP)

as a lead singer member of "Mountain Glory" (http://MountainGlory.com)
"Happy is the Man Who Knows the Lord" (Highley Records)
"One More Ride" (Highley Records)
"By Grace and Together" with the Point Loma Nazarene Jazz Band (Highley Records)