David Baerwald

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David Baerwald
Born (1960-07-11) July 11, 1960 (age 58)
Oxford, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Rock, folk, folk-pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, orchestration
Associated acts David + David

David Francis Baerwald (born July 11, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. [1] [2]

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

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Composer person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition

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Baerwald first came to prominence in 1986 as one half of the duo David + David, with David Ricketts. David and David's sole album, Boomtown , went platinum and stayed on the Billboard album chart for over a year, winning substantial critical acclaim, the debut single "Welcome to the Boomtown" became a top 40 Billboard hit. [1] The duo split up following the success of that album for unexplained reasons.

David & David was an American rock duo composed of Los Angeles-based studio musicians David Baerwald and David Ricketts. They are best known for their debut single "Welcome to the Boomtown" from the album Boomtown. The single reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986 and #8 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart.. It also peaked at #27 in Australia.

David Jeffrey Ricketts is an American musician and record producer.

Welcome to the Boomtown 1986 song performed by David & David

"Welcome to the Boomtown" is the Los Angeles themed debut hit single by David + David from the album Boomtown.

Following the breakup of David and David, Baerwald focused on writing for others, often under pseudonyms, though he found time to record and release two albums: Bedtime Stories , a romantic album based on tales of suburban ennui and decay, featuring Joni Mitchell on guitar and backup vocals on the track "Liberty Lies" (Baerwald would later sing backup for Joni and appear in the video "Nothing Can Be Done" from her 1991 album Night Ride Home ); and Triage , an ambitious narrative song-suite about the fringe-dwellers of America's paranoid and disaffected subcultures. Both albums were released to critical acclaim but did not see the commercial success that Boomtown did.

Bedtime Stories is the first solo album by David Baerwald, an Ohio-born musician, singer, and composer who was formerly a member of the successful duo David + David along with David Ricketts.

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His songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists ranging from the aforementioned Crow to artists as disparate as Japanese classical artists the Yoshida Brothers, opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, rebel-country frontrunner Waylon Jennings, Bangles front woman Susanna Hoffs, country star LeAnn Rimes, jazz artist Holly Cole, critic's darling Jesca Hoop, and actor/singers Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Panettiere, Ashlee Simpson, and Steven Strait, among many others.

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Outside of popular music, Baerwald has worked extensively as both a songwriter and instrumental score composer in film and television, including the Golden Globe-nominated song from the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge! called "Come What May", for which he also won the International Film Music Award, and which has been covered by a wide variety of international artists. He is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist, with a primary focus on stringed instruments.

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Come What May (2001 song) 2001 single by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor

"Come What May" is a song composed by David Baerwald and Kevin Gilbert, originally intended for the film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. However, it was first heard publicly, and is best known as the romantic love theme from Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, where it is sung by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in their respective roles as Christian and Satine.

Recent projects include the ABC shows, "Life Unexpected" and "October Road", and the Showtime series' "Sexual Healing" and "Pleasure For Sale". In 2009 he completed work on the Howard Zinn/Matt Damon/Chris Moore film The People Speak , for which he also co-produced an album of the same name with long-term associate Tony Berg, featuring new performances from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman, Pink, Eddie Vedder, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, and others.

In 2016 Baerwald released an EP titled Hellbound Train. It was an internet/download only release and no physical product was made available to the public in any way.

Personal life

He has one son, Beker Baerwald.

He is the son of Hans Baerwald, a political scientist, and Diane Moore, a psychologist. He has two sisters: Andrea, a Braille translator; and Jan, a paralegal.[ citation needed ]



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