February 9, 1951 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, adult contemporary|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, composer, lyricist, writer for musical theatre|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic guitar|
Born and raised in a Jewish family on Long Island, Pomeranz is currently a Scientologist who expressed interest in music from an early age, singing in the synagogue choir, learning to play the piano, guitar and drums, and writing and recording songs by the age of fourteen. When he was nineteen, MCA/Decca signed him to a contract that yielded two albums, New Blues and Time To Fly (the latter featuring Chick Corea), and he began touring the country as the opening act for Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Three Dog Night and The Doors, among others.
In the late 1980s, Pomeranz collaborated with Russian rock star Alexander Malinin on the pre-glasnost "Faraway Lands", which they performed live in Moscow's Gorky Park for an episode of the television sitcom Head Of The Class, the first time an American series filmed there. He also sang the song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now", which was the theme song for the television series Perfect Strangers.
Pomeranz continued to tour as a solo act, appearing in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Olympic Stadium in Munich, and the Kremlin. He and David Shire collaborated on the theme song for the United Nations World Summit For Children entitled "In Our Hands", which the duo performed at the closing ceremonies for Ted Turner's Goodwill Games in Seattle. In 1999, Pomeranz recorded the CD Born For You - His Best And More, a compilation of past and new love songs that became the 13th best-selling album of all time in the Philippines. Additional recordings include The Eyes of Christmas and On This Day.
Pomeranz's songs include "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again" and "The Old Songs", both recorded by Barry Manilow; and "It's in Every One of Us", which was featured in the TV specials John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together and A Muppet Family Christmas, the Dave Clark musical Time, the film Big, and at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. His work has been performed by artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Phoebe Snow, Freddie Mercury, Richie Sambora, Missy Elliott, The Carpenters, Harry Belafonte, Andrea Marcovicci, Donna Summer, Lillias White, The Hollies and Cliff Richard, and his various songwriting projects have amassed a total of twenty-two platinum and eighteen gold albums.
Pomeranz has composed for feature films, television (earning a 1981 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics for the CBS television movie Homeward Bound), and the stage, including the hit West End musical Time; Little Tramp, based on the life and career of Charles Chaplin, staged for the 1995 Eugene O'Neill Theater Festival in Waterford, Connecticut and presented in a 1996 concert version in St. Petersburg, Russia; and a musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, produced by Bill Kenwright for the Theatre Royal, Windsor (1998) and the Alexandria Theatre in Birmingham (1999). With Kathie Lee Gifford he has written two projects, Under The Bridge, which premiered off-Broadway in January 2005, and Saving Aimee, based on the life of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, which debuted at the White Plains Performing Arts Center in October 2005 and was staged at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in April–May 2007. In 2012, Saving Aimee was renamed to Scandalous and opened on November 15, 2012 in the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
- New Blues (1971)
- Time to Fly (1971)
- It's in Every One of Us (1975)
- The Truth of Us (1980)
- The Road to Freedom (1983)
- Come Home (1993)
- The Eyes of Christmas (2000)
- On This Day (2001)
- Hold Tight (2007)
- A Personal Touch (2009)
- You're the Inspiration (2012)
- Best of David Pomeranz (1999)
- Born for You: His Best and More (1999)
- Hage, Erik. "David Pomeranz Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
- on YouTube
- "David Pomeranz Awards and Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
- Isherwood, Charles (November 15, 2012). "Faith Healer Has Her Own Wounds to Tend". New York Times.