David McAlmont

David McAlmont

 London, England, GBR
BandPopAdult Contemporary

So what’s all the fuss about? It is best summed up by the press....
**** The boy can sing - Independent on Sunday
highly ravishing - Observer Music Monthly
classic tunes, beautifully done - The Guardian
Smouldering, mesmerising & magical - Evening Standard
one of the great British singers - Mojo

Biography

....from our last release in Feb 2011

DAVID MCALMONT

McALMONT’S VOICE, BRIMMING WITH PAIN AND ACHING WITH DESPERATE PERSUASION IN EVERY ONE OF ITS MANY OCTAVES, IS ONE OF MUSIC’S MOST UNIQUE The Guardian

After many great collaborations with the likes of Bernard Butler, David Arnold and Michael Nyman David McAlmont embarks on his first solo UK tour starting on 8 February 2011.

Celebrating the release of his first Live album and DVD McAlmont will perform hits from the ever popular McAlmont and Butler 90’s collaboration including ‘You do’ and ‘Yes’ as well as ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘Lose My Faith’, ‘Isn’t it a Pity’ and many more timeless classics in the definitive McAlmont style providing a fresh and never heard of before feel that only the vocal instrument of McAlmont can deliver.

Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre in November 2010 the Live Album and DVD with special guest Bernard Butler provides a memorable evening with the great guitarist will be released on the Music Live from Leicester label and Cherry Red Records on 14 February 2011.

David McAlmont was born in Croydon, Surrey in the spring of 1967. He has lived in London, Norfolk and Guyana. He places his residence in the two countries, alongside his mother’s taste, as his most significant influences; his mother because of her affection for the great crooners and Hollywood musicals; his first 11years in the UK for Radio One and Top of the Pops. It was in Guyana from 1978 to 1987 that David became a member of the Assemblies of God and the Full Gospel Fellowship, two churches where singing was a vital part of worship, while on the Guyana Broadcasting Corporation American Soul and Pop were the dominant musical entities in his life for that period, as well as contemporary gospel and Mahalia Jackson.
When David returned to the UK in 1987 he knew that he wanted to become a singing actor. He re-engaged with Top of the Pops and enjoyed The Chart Show. He became a regular reader of Smash Hits, The Melody Maker and the NME. He responded to an Ad in the Melody Maker, while studying Performance Art at Middlesex University- then Middlesex Polytechnic- when he left the church and decided to find something else to occupy his time. He co-founded the band Thieves, a group that attracted critical acclaim and industry interest. David then signed to Hut/Virgin records and collaborated with Bernard Butler to critical and commercial acclaim. The partnership yielded top 40 singles and albums in 1995 and 2002. In 1998 David released the highly regarded A Little Communication album, and in 2005 an album of favourite standards Set One: You Go to My Head. These two albums were significant in that they featured the production and musicianship of Guy Davies, a treasured champion in David’s musical endeavours ever since.
David has collaborated with an array of the UKs finest composers Craig Armstrong, David Arnold, Boo Hewerdine, Gary Clark and Courtney Pine. Most recently he garnered further critical plaudits with the song cycle ‘The Glare’ recorded with minimalist legend, Michael Nyman. He is currently working with Guy Davies on material for a new album to be released later this year.

Discography

McAlmont - Live at Leicester Square - Feb 2011
McAlmont&Nyman - The Glare - 2009
McAlmont - Set One You Go To My Head - 2005
McAlmont&Butler - Bring It Back - 2002
McAlmont - Little Communication - 1998
McAlmont&Butler - The Sound Of... - 1995
McAlmont - McAlmont 1993

New EP release in October 2011 under the name 'Fingersnap'

Set List

1. My Funny Valentine
2. Blues in the Night
3. Diamonds Are Forever
4. Unworthy
5. Snow
6. The Bishop of N.H.
7. Isn’t It a Pity
8. Yes
9. Lose My Faith
10. You Do
11. Never Never Never
12. Sec, Acc, and Charges
13. Falling
14. As God Is My Witness
15. Grapefruit Moon