David Militello

David Militello

BandPopChildren's Music

Nine-year-old David Militello wows the crowds in each of his engaging performances. "He will either keep his listeners up on their feet or wiping tears from their eyes," says his mother. David has a dynamic and angelic voice for his petite frame, and is loved by children and adults alike.

Biography

David Christian Militello was born on February 4, 1999 in Austell, Georgia, and although he's only nine years old, he is no stranger to the stage.

David was 2-1/2 years old and non-verbal. His pediatrician suggested a specialist test David's hearing. After determining his hearing was not the problem, David was referred to another specialist for further evaluation. This evaluation introduced his parents to something called Aspergers/Autism. At age three, David was placed in a special needs program in the public school system. Within weeks of attending the program, David began to speak, however, his parents couldn’t understand any of it. David also lacked the social skills necessary to be placed in a "normal" setting. All the same, in spite of the babbling David spoke, he could somehow sing. It was the only language he spoke that everyone understood him. He sang everywhere he went and people would stop and listen to him.

While still three, David began to phonetically pronounce words, and a short time later, he began to read. Over a short period of time, he continued to progress academically, but not communally. He consistently showed signs of autistic behavior.

At the age of four, David had memorized Scripture, the capital of every state, the names of every planet, continent, dinosaur, etc. At age four, David had a part in an Easter play at his family's church. He memorized his lines without a problem, but he cried because he didn't want to be a part of the play. Nevertheless, when it was time for David to speak, he took hold of the microphone and belted out his lines as if it was the most natural thing in the world for him to be in front of an audience. He's been standing in front of audiences ever since.

A few of David's recent singing performances include the Childhood Autism Foundation’s Candlelight Ball; the American Society of Autism Georgia Chapter’s Annual Conference; the NAACP Black History Event; the Color of Public Safety Prayer Breakfast; the Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Rally; two Atlanta Hawks games; The CW’s Focus Atlanta’s 10th Anniversary Show; Atlanta Urban League Guild, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., Inc., and the Sweet Auburn festivals. David is a member of HARMONY: Atlanta’s International Youth Chorus. In April he will take the stage for the 2008 Autism Speaks Georgia Walk.

A few of David's recent performances include singing for the American Society of Autism, Greater Georgia Chapter, and the Childhood Autism Foundation (CADEF) 23rd Annual Candlelight Ball.

In January, David was featured on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in a story highlighting his very special gift and his special affinity for singing. He is also being featured on NBC's 11-Alive and CBS's Better Mornings television show.

David is using his life and gift to raise autism awareness and to raise money to help others with this disorder. His family has started an organization called "The Sound of Autism, Inc." to pay for services for less fortunate persons with autism to receive the benefits music therapy.

For further information, bookings, interviews, please call 678.558.7103.

Lyrics

Real Gone

Written By: Cheryl Crowe and John Sparks

I'm American made but I like Chevrolet
My momma taught me wrong from right.

I was born in the South
Sometimes I have a big mouth
When I see something that I don't like
I gotta say it.

Well, we've been driving this road for a mighty long time
Paying no mind to the signs
Well, this neighborhood's changed
It's all been rearranged
We left that team somewhere behind.

Slow down, you're gonna crash,
Baby you're a-screaming it's a blast, blast, blast
Look out babe, you've got your blinders on
Everybody's looking for a way to get real gone
Real gone.
Real gone.

But there's a new cat in town
He's got high-faded friends
Thinks he's gonna change history

You think you know him so well
Yeah you think he's so swell
But it's just a front you wait and see

Slow down, you're gonna crash,
Baby you're a-screaming it's a blast, blast, blast
Look out, you've got your blinders on
Everybody's looking for a way
To get real gone
Real gone.
Real gone.
Real gone.
Uhh.

Well you can say what you want
But you can't say it 'round here
'Cause they'll catch you and give you a whippin'

Well, I believe I was right when I said you were wrong
You didn't like the sound of that
Now, did ya?

Slow down, you're gonna crash,
Baby you're a-screaming it's a blast, blast, blast
Look out, you've got your blinders on
Everybody's looking for a way to get real gone

Well here I come and I'm so not scared,
Got my pedal to the metal, got my hands in the air
Look out, you take your blinders off
Everybody's looking for a way to get real gone
Real gone.
Real gone.
Ooh.
Real gone.
Real gone.

Sh-Boom

Written By: The Chords

Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang
Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay

Oh, life could be a dream (sh-boom)
If I could take you up in paradise up above (sh-boom)
If you would tell me I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream, sweetheart
(Hello, hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again)

Oh, life could be a dream (sh-boom)
If only all my precious plans would come true (sh-boom)
If you would let me spend my whole life lovin' you
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

Now every time I look at you
Something is on my mind (dat-dat-dat-dat-dat-duh)
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we'd be so fine!

Oh, life could be a dream (sh-boom)
If I could take you up in paradise up above (sh-boom)
If you would tell me I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da
Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da
Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da, sh-boom!

Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da
Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da
Sh-boom sh-boom Ya-da-da Da-da-da Da-da-da Da, sh-boom!

Every time I look at you
Somethin' is on my mind
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we'd be so fine!

Life could be a dream
If I could take you up in paradise up above
If you would tell me I'm the only one that you love
Life could be a dream, sweetheart
(Hello hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again) boom sh-boom

Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang (sh-boom)
Ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay
Life could be a dream
Life could be a dream, sweetheart!

Life could be a dream
If only all my precious plans would come true
If you would let me spend my whole life loving you
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

(dee-oody-ooh, sh-boom, sh-boom)
(dee-oody-ooh, sh-boom, sh-boom)
(dee-oody-ooh, sh-boom, sh-boom)
Sweetheart!!

If We Hold On Together

Written By: Diana Ross

Don't lose your way
With each passing day
You've come so far
Don't throw it away
Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope & glory
Hold to the truth in your heart

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

Souls in the wind
Must learn how to bend
Seek out a star
Hold on to the end
Valley, mountain
There is a fountain
Washes our tears all away
Words are swaying
Someone is praying
Please let us come home to stay

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

When we are out there in the dark
We'll dream about the sun
In the dark we'll feel the light
Warm our hearts, everyone

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
As high as souls can fly
The clouds roll by
For you and I