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David Paich during a live concert
June 25, 1954 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, pop rock, Sophisti-pop|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, singer, producer|
David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a multi-disciplined musical contributor. His contributions include performing as a live and studio session musician, keyboard player, recording producer, arranger, vocalist and main composer of the Los Angeles-based rock/pop band Toto. With Toto, Paich has released 17 albums and sold over 30 million records. Additionally, Paich has contributed to a host of artists with his songwriting and arrangements including working with Boz Scaggs extensively in the 1970s and Michael Jackson in the 1980s.
A prolific writer of chart-breakers, Paich wrote or co-wrote hits such as "Hold the Line", "Lowdown", "Lido Shuffle", "Georgy Porgy", "Rosanna", "Got To Be Real", and "Lady Love Me (One More Time)". He also performed lead vocals on the Toto hits "Africa", "Lovers in the Night", and "Stranger in Town".
Paich remained with Toto up until their disbandment in 2008 but he did not tour extensively with the band in their last few years. Session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes joined Toto in 2004 as an additional keyboardist for both studio projects and tour dates.
In 2010, he returned with Toto, and is the current keyboard player alongside with Steve Porcaro.
Session and side projects 
He has co-writing credits with Boz Scaggs on the songs "What Can I Say", "Lowdown", and "Lido Shuffle" from the multi-platinum album Silk Degrees, and occasionally still sits in on keyboards with Boz Scaggs' band. As songwriter he wrote or co-wrote songs for Cher, Jacksons, Andy Williams, George Benson, Glen Campbell, Jon Anderson (Yes) and Chicago. As arranger he worked for Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, and many more.
In the early and mid '80s, Paich often worked with well-known producers Quincy Jones and David Foster. Paich was a part of the session group on the Michael Jackson album Thriller. He played piano, synthesizer, and did some synth and rhythm arrangements.
In 1989 Paich produced and arranged the Oscar-nominated song "The Girl Who Used to Be Me", written by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, for the "Shirley Valentine" film.
As a session musician Paich has played on numerous soundtracks and on albums by many artists, including Elkie Brooks' album Rich Man's Woman; Bryan Adams' song "Please Forgive Me"; Michael Jackson songs "Earth Song", "The Girl Is Mine", "Heal the World", "Stranger in Moscow", and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"; and the USA for Africa song "We Are the World", as well as work with Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, Quincy Jones, Don Henley, Steely Dan, Elton John, Joe Cocker, and Pink.
David Paich traveled to China where he worked composing theme music for the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2009, he sang the hit song "Africa" at the Millennium Development Goals awards in New York and co-produced a new tune for George Benson. Paich was involved with the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards as a music producer and keyboardist for the on-stage band.
Paich uses primarily a Korg Triton and a Yamaha Motif-8 keyboard for live applications. For studio applications he also uses a 9-foot Baldwin grand piano, Yamaha KX-88 and SY77 keyboards and a variety of effect and sound generation modules manufactured by Roland Corporation and others. For the 2006 Toto album Falling in Between, he also used a Hammond A-100 organ. Paich has stated that he has used the Baldwin piano on every Toto album.
- Emmy Award for Best Song or Theme (year - 1974)
- "Ironside" - David Paich shared with Marty Paich. For the song "Light The Way".
- Grammy - Best Rhythm & Blues Song (year - 1977)
- David Paich & Boz Scaggs (songwriters) for "Lowdown" performed by Boz Scaggs
- Grammy - Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices (year -1983)
- David Paich (arranger) for "Rosanna" performed by Toto
- Grammy Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) (year - 1983)
- Grammy - Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (year - 1983)
- Bolden, Juliana J. (September 18, 2009). "Pop-rock giants Steve Jordan, David Paich strike up one hot band". Emmys.com. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- "Equipment Dave". Toto99.com. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- Eskow, Gary (July 14, 2006). "How David Paich Recorded Toto's Latest Album". MixOnline.com. Retrieved October 30, 2009.
- (English) David Paich page on The Party Of The Century project
- (English) David Paich at the Internet Movie Database