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David Embree

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The best kept secret in music


"Embree takes top prize at UA Battle of the Bands"

Battle of the Bands was sponsored by Residents' Interhall Congress. David Embree, the only 1-man act in the competition, stole the attention of the judges and won the 1st place prize of $500.

David Embree turned the auditorium into a vh1 Storytellers-like environment with his acoustic guitar and interaction with the audience. Embree graced the stage with his innocent look and sincere smile. His
songs ranged from funny and upbeat to sincere and mellow.

Embree entertained with his lyrics and began each song with a short story of its origin. As he played, he moved the audience to laugher, tears and smiles.

One member on the audience described Embree as "a lyrical genius with a soft voice." - UA Campus Voice


Moonstruck, 1999


Feeling a bit camera shy


Born and raised in Arkansas, Dave Embree was classically trained as a trumpet player from the age of 12. While in high school, he taught himself to play guitar and became interested in songwriting. He started composing a collection of acoustic songs which culminated in his first self produced album, Moonstruck. Released when Dave was 19, one fan boasted that the album "reminded him of James Taylor...positive and honest. Deep for someone so young."

In 1997 Dave was awarded the prestigious Sturgis Fellowship at the University of Arkansas to study music with an emphasis in trumpet. There, he had the opportunity to study with distinguished musician Robert Bright and Yamaha sponsored artist Wiff Rudd. In 2001, Dave took first place in the Battle of the Bands singing his own songs as the only solo act. He also taught trumpet lessons at his former junior high during his spare time.

After 4 year s of education, he began to pursue "ther musical truths." Delving deeper into improvisational and experimental forms, Dave became involved in several musical endeavors including jazz arrangements of video game music with the One Up Mushrooms, and avant-garde multimedia performance events.

Dave's current projects seek to fuse the unique elements and energies of free improvisational music with the familiarity of pop forms and hooks. He plays regularly in Fayetteville, AR with drummer Justin D. Howell as Dave and the Dean, and recently joined Jed Clampit on stage for his farewell show.