On March 16, 2018, David Perry released his first solo album, titled “Rise”. His debut album consists of eight tracks showing off his vocal and songwriting abilities. It’s definitely one of those albums you need to hear at least once and deserves a lot more recognition.
One of the songs, “Fighting For The Moment” – which features MTP – had a lyric video released onto YouTube, promoting the album as a whole and bringing quite the visual concept to the song. It has amassed over 6,000 YouTube views and we truly believe this is the start of David Perry’s solo career.
We were lucky enough to grab an interview with this male singer-songwriter. We chatted to him about the release of his debut album “Rise”, who inspires him, and his future plans.
Hi David, we hope your day is going well. What have you been up to lately?
Thank you! My day has been going well. I’ve been working on new music and I’m planning on recording some new acoustic tracks in the near future so please stay tuned.
You recently released your debut album “Rise”, can you tell us more about it?
This is my first solo project which I started working on a little over two years ago. The music is inspired by life events and my love for music.
How excited were you to release your debut album?
I was very excited to release this album. I want listeners and those of you who have heard my music in the past, a taste of what I’ve been working on since I decided to go solo.
Which songs on the album are your favourite, and why?
My favorite songs are “Fallen”, “Rise”, “Fighting For The Moment”, “Montana Sky”, and “Stand Alone”. These songs will give you and your listeners a good idea of who I am as a person and songwriter. The meaning behind each song is special to me as well.
The only collaboration on the album is “Fighting For The Moment”, that features MTP. How did that come about? And, what was it like working with MTP?
Well MTP is my son Matthew Perry, and I have worked with him in the past by singing choruses in several of his songs. I felt to have him in this song would let everyone know that we are both shooting for the same goal. His part is my favorite part of the song.
A lyric video for the song was released on 6 March, can you tell us more about the video?
My manager, Jacqueline Finnan, came up with the idea. She wanted to animate the video to illustrate the song and lyrics hoping to make it really stand out. Jacqueline was behind the entire process.
What does the song mean to you?
It means that no matter where my life has taken me through the years I never stopped believing in myself and my dream to play music for a living. I never got into music for fame or money. I wanted to inspire people and bring people together with my songs. This song is directly related to my struggle in life and the path to be a respected musician with songs that people could be inspired by.
How has the area you are from, helped you to shape your music?
I’m originally from La Plata, Maryland, and to me, that will always be my home. My musical roots are southern Maryland and that is what has shaped the songwriter I am today. I have lived in New Jersey since I got out of the military. (NAVY Vet). I’ve found it challenging to break into the original music scene.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from my children, from life experiences, and from some of the losses I’ve experienced in my life.
And which artists inspire you?
Definitely Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Benjamin Burnley, Steve Perry, Prince, and Lionel Richie.
What are your favourite five tracks that are out right now?
“Without You” by Breaking Benjamin
“Salisbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel
“One” by Ed Sheeran
“Castle On the Hill” by Ed Sheeran
“Pictures of You” by The Cure
What can people expect from you in the future?
Acoustic songs plenty with plenty of passion. Get ready I’m just getting started.
Also, do you have a message for your fans?
Yes. Thank you with all my heart for your support, it truly why I live and breathe. I promise to deliver music from the heart, real and passionate.
Thank you, David Perry, for taking the time out to answer our questions. We look forward to seeing what the future brings for you.