Savannah native and Atlanta resident Anthony David is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who first came to our attention writing songs for Atlanta’s own India Arie. His first single, “Words,” was a duet with Arie that had fans and critics alike comparing the soul singer to Bill Withers.
David’s third studio album, titled As Above So Below features the hit song “4 Evermore” featuring Atlanta vocalist Algebra and rapper Phonte from Little Brother. David’s considerable talent is garnering some well-deserved attention from people like Michael Baisden and the singer is reportedly President Barack Obama’s favorite artist.
Rolling out caught up with the headliner of the upcoming One Music Fest to talk about his music and following his own path as an artist. –christa e. jackson
Tell us about your album, As Above So Below.
The new album is a collection of characters, stories and beats. I went over songs that I liked with different rhythms and picked out things I wanted for the album. I’ve always been a storyteller and have talked about politics, culture, romance and spirituality. This album is a bit more political and spiritual.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Anita Baker, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and Bob Marley.
Are you carrying on their legacy?
Yes, I would hope so. For me it’s putting another brick in the wall and I would like to have the kind of legacy that they have. It remains to be seen so we will see how it goes.
Why did you decide to remain an independent artist?
It’s all about the individuals that you work with at your label. If [he or she is] not a fan, then that’s not a good place to be. The person that signed me to E1/ Purpose was not only a fan and championed what I do, but is also a friend and he offered me an imprint of my own label, so it all worked for me.