David Pack

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David Pack
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David Pack
Background information
Birth name David Robert Pack
Born (1952-07-15) July 15, 1952 (age 66)
Huntington Park, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, soft rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, record producer
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, vocals
Years active 1970–present
Labels Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Concord
Associated acts Ambrosia
Website www.davidpack.com

David Robert Pack (born July 15, 1952) is an American musician and singer who co-founded the rock group Ambrosia in the 1970s.

Career[edit]

As performer[edit]

Pack was co-founder, guitarist and main vocalist for the band Ambrosia.[1] His collected works as a performer and producer have sold over forty million units worldwide. Noted hits from the band written and sung by Pack include certified Gold singles "Biggest Part of Me" (1980), "You're the Only Woman (You & I)" (1980) and "How Much I Feel" (1978). He co-wrote the band's first Top 20 hit, "Holdin' on to Yesterday" (1975). His 2005 solo album, The Secret of Movin' On included remakes of "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're the Only Woman".

Pack guested on lead vocals on the song "Ground Zero" for Kerry Livgren's 1980 solo album, Seeds of Change. He then performed on Kansas's Vinyl Confessions album in 1982. He would later contribute guest lead vocals on the track "Shine On" off of the album It's a Jungle Out There! by Mastedon, one of two Mastedon albums written and produced by former Kansas lead singer John Elefante and his brother Dino Elefante.

He co-wrote two songs ("The Three of Me" and "I'm Talkin' to You"), sang and played guitar on Alan Parsons's 1993 album Try Anything Once, and sang and played guitar on the song "You Can Run" on Parsons' 2004 album, A Valid Path. (Ambrosia's first album was engineered by Alan Parsons, who served as producer and engineer for their second; all four members of Ambrosia played on the first Alan Parsons Project album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination.) Pack joined producer Alan Parsons on his 2001 live tribute tour to the music of the Beatles called A Walk Down Abbey Road.

Pack has worked with Chet Atkins, Patti Austin, David Benoit, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, Andrae Crouch, The Doobie Brothers, The Everly Brothers, Béla Fleck, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Emmylou Harris, Heart, Bruce Hornsby, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Elton John, Wynonna Judd, Patti LaBelle, Huey Lewis & the News, Kenny Loggins, Mark Knopfler, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, The Alan Parsons Project, Steve Perry, Barbra Streisand, Supertramp, Toto, U2, Eddie Van Halen, and BeBe Winans.

As producer[edit]

Pack is a Grammy-winning producer for Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Loggins, and Wynonna Judd. He has also produced music by Chet Atkins, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, Andrae Crouch, DC Talk, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Hudson, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle, Little Richard, Branford Marsalis, Bette Midler, Michael McDonald, Brian McKnight, Olivia Newton-John, The Pointer Sisters, LeAnn Rimes, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Setzer, Mavis Staples, Take 6, Steve Vai, Trisha Yearwood, and CeCe Winans.[citation needed]

Pack produced the 1995 album The Songs of West Side Story, which benefited the scho. The album is notable for being the final recorded performance of Selena, made three weeks before her murder in April 1995, and for containing the final work by Marty Paich, who arranged the strings on Franklin's "Somewhere".

He served as producer and music director for President Bill Clinton's inaugurations in January 1993 and 1997.[2] In 1997, the White House asked him to direct the music and produce the presidents' Volunteer Summit in Philadelphia for presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford. In 2000, he was asked to direct and produce Yamaha's Michael McDonald Lifetime Achievement Award Show at the L.A. Shrine for his good friend. Pack brought together Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs and Christopher Cross for the event. In 2005, he produced and directed the 2005 World Aids Day Concert at Saddleback Church in Orange County for author and pastor Rick Warren.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Anywhere You Go (1985)
  • Unborn (2004)
  • The Secret of Movin' On (2005)
  • David Pack's Napa Crossroads (2014)

with Ambrosia[edit]

  • Ambrosia (1975)
  • Somewhere I Never Travelled (1976)
  • Life Beyond L.A. (1978)
  • One Eighty (1980)
  • Road Island (1982)

Solo singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. "David Pack Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Interview with David Pack for the release of the album Napa Crossroads". Yuzu Melodies. September 15, 2014. 

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