David Griffiths


David Griffiths is a singer with a rich and powerful baritone voice who is highly regarded as a musically sensitive performer. A prolific composer and accomplished pianist, he has gained widespread recognition for his more than 300 compositions, his success as a teacher of both piano and voice, and skill in the recording studio.

Griffiths earned BA's in music and theology at Columbia Union College and an M.Mus. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He studied conducting privately with Paul Hill and voice with Ruth Drucker, Wayne Conner, Gordon Hawkins, Liz Daniels, Jon Gilbertson, and Charlotte Holloman. Piano study was taken from Charles Covington, Neil Tilkins, Ron Warren, and Dan Lau.

As a vocal soloist, Griffiths was featured with the Paul Hill Chorale at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and recorded the group's CD, Unequaled Praise. He has performed on Capitol Hill on several occasions, among them the Military Chaplains' awards ceremony for the former Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown and an appearance at a rally that honored the black soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

Griffiths has also performed as a soloist in France, Korea, Japan, the Caribbean, Canada, and in several countries in Africa. He has shared in programs that included many noted singers and groups including William Murphy, Clifton Davis, Wintley Phipps, Angela Brown, Janice Chandler, Jose Rojas, The Wedgwood Trio, Take 6, The Jesic Women's Ensemble, and others. He was a featured soloist in the 2000 General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventists in Toronto, Canada, where he sang in the Skydome, primary venue for that meeting of over 70,000.

He has had several commissions for compositions from a variety of groups and causes. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Adventist Relief Agency, and the prestigious Midori and Friends 3rd annual Children's Festival in Manhattan are just a sampling of those which have been received enthusiastically and given rave reviews.

Griffiths began his recording career in 1986 with A Revelation of God's Love, a project that has been followed with others, including Pray for Peace, Hands of Time, Unequaled Praise, and In My Heart. He has worked as a recording studio session singer, pianist, and arranger as well as a producer and vocal or recording coach with a who's who of recording artists. Numerous artists and groups have recorded his music.

Griffiths has appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, Breath of Life telecast, Three ABN satellite network, Hope Channel, and on a number local and public interest programs. His music video, Let Your Heart be Broken, has been played widely, creating an awareness of his talent and message in an ever widening audience.

One of his most recent recording projects was a gospel CD done jointly with Rwandan singer Jean Paul Samptu. The CD combines the distinctive rhythms and melodies of Africa with contemporary gospel music. Greg Lukens, one of Griffith's mentors and a two-time Grammy Award winner, worked with them on this project.


Source: David Griffiths website 2009.