Keyboard Player and Founding Member, Bon Jovi Singer/Songwriter Composer, Lyricist and Programmer
As the keyboard player, songwriter and founding member of Bon Jovi, David Bryan has seen and learned a lot about music and the music business in the past 20 years. The journey includes selling 100 million albums, traveling the world and playing to millions of people in 50 countries, circling the globe 15 times and living through the rock and roll years, the grunge years, the rap years and everything in between.
As the band celebrates its 20th year together with the release of the box set, “100,000,000 BON JOVI FANS CAN'T BE WRONG”, David is enjoying the schedule being a member of such a successful band allows. In his time off from recording and touring with Jon, Richie and Tico, David began a career as a composer and lyricist of musicals. The song, “Memphis Lives In Me”, which he performs on the box set, is actually from his musical, MEMPHIS which he has co-written with theatre veteran Joe DiPietro (“I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”, “OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS”, “THE THING ABOUT MEN” and the upcoming “ALL SHOOK UP!” on Broadway). Together, they created “MEMPHIS”, the story of the first DJ in the South to play “race” music, which played to critical and popular acclaim at North Shore Music Theatre outside of Boston and at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA where audiences included Jon and Dorthea Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear.
David has also written and released a solo record, Lunar Eclipse (Rounder/Universal) an instrumental collection with a single vocal bonus track highlighting all of the aspects of his training and influences - blues, classical, jazz and of course, rock & roll. The disc was written and recorded entirely by Bryan with all of the music produced in his home studio, which is fully equipped with a wide variety of technological wizardry in addition to a collection of classic pianos. The keyboard orchestrations are all Bryan's handiwork. Lunar Eclipse (Moon Junction Music/Rounder Records) was released on December 5, 2000 and is distributed by the Rounder Records Group through Universal Music and Video.
In addition to his musical theatre compositions and writing with bandmates Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, with whom he co-wrote the band's hit, “In These Arms”, David continues to write with and for other artists. The most successful cover of a Bryan song may be Curtis Steiger's rendition of “This Time”, which was a major International hit for him.
After suffering a potentially career ending injury to his finger, Bryan found himself unable to play the piano. After intensive physical rehabilitation for the finger which was almost severed in a home accident, he was introduced to the genre of musical theatre. It is a field which he has embraced and which has embraced him. Recently, Mrs. Dena Hammerstein appointed David Honorary Board Member of Only Make Believe, a program dedicated to the principle that freeing a child's creative spirit is a valuable part of the healing process.
David has also dedicated his time to become a National Spokesperson for VH1's Save The Music Program, traveling across the country to many of the 43 cities which participated in the program in 2001. In addition to on site programs and performances, David has also produced a video with VH1 to be used in schools he is not able to visit personally. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music education programs in cities across the U.S. and raising awareness of the importance of music participation for our nation's youth.
Born in Edison, New Jersey, David Bryan began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. He continued this classical study with Emery Hack for thirteen years. He enrolled at Rutgers University where he continued his musical education (and pre-med studies), preparing him for an audition at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. After gaining acceptance to the school, the phone rang with Jon Bon Jovi on the other end saying, “The record company just called. We have a record deal”. The choice was made and the rest is history...
To follow David's journey, please visit www.DavidBryan.com regularly.