David Singley Unveils Musical Mastery in “Fools & Mystics”

In the age of digitized beats and synthetic melodies, David Singley stands as a beacon of authenticity, firmly rooted in the organic traditions of folk music. Hailing from the rustic heartlands of central Illinois and now making waves from his base in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Singley’s latest album, “Fools & Mystics,” is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the timeless art of songwriting. This ten-track masterpiece not only pays homage to the golden era of singer-songwriters from the late ’60s and early ’70s but also showcases Singley’s remarkable ability to weave diverse musical stylings into a cohesive and emotionally resonant tapestry.

David Singley’s journey through the avenues of music is a rich mosaic, intricately woven with experiences that span street performances, country influences, and rigorous academic training. Having made the bold decision to embrace the “Great Resignation,” Singley has devoted himself fully to his solo career, allowing his multifaceted artistry to flourish. His music, characterized by stylistic versatility and poetic lyrics, has struck a chord with audiences, reminiscent of the era when storytelling and melody reigned supreme.

“Fools & Mystics” is an album that traverses a broad emotional landscape, each track a carefully crafted narrative imbued with the essence of Singley’s myriad influences. From the opening acoustic delights of “Change Gonna Come” to the soulful vibes of “Hard Way To Do A Thing” and the funky “Workin’ All Mornin’,” Singley’s adeptness at blending folk with pop, rock, blues, country, and soul is evident. His ability to evoke powerful emotions with poignant ballads like “Paradise” and “Go Back Home,” while also delivering heartwarming messages through tracks like “Love Will Take Its Time,” underscores his exceptional songwriting prowess.

David Singley’s musical career is as impressive as it is diverse. He has performed with jazz legends such as Bob Brookmeyer, George Shearing, and Phil Woods, and has shared stages with luminaries like Perry Como and Idina Menzel. His extensive experience includes playing in orchestras for Broadway tours, contributing to iconic productions like “The Lion King” and “Chicago,” and performing with prestigious ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Appearances on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” further cement his standing in the music world.

Beyond his performance credentials, David Singley is also a prolific composer and arranger, with works published by major music houses. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music and Indiana University and has imparted his knowledge at McNally-Smith College of Music and Carleton College. His deep academic and practical expertise infuses his music with a level of sophistication and depth that is both rare and captivating.

The tracks on “Fools & Mystics” reflect Singley’s refusal to be swayed by fleeting musical trends. Instead, he delves deep into his roots, creating music that is lushly layered yet grounded in the raw power of his voice and lyrical expression. While the upbeat “Cartoon Heart” ignites a rhythmic spark, the bluesy crunch of “Some Other Song” and the quick-paced Americana-infused “Can’t Find My Way Back” highlight Singley’s musical versatility. The slow-burning closing track, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Mama No More,” leaves a lasting impression with its bluesy depth.

David Singley’s artistry is a beacon of light in the music industry, shining through with achingly beautiful melodies and a voice that penetrates the soul. “Fools & Mystics” is a journey through the human experience, a collection of songs that resonate with heartfelt authenticity and poetic brilliance. As the music world continues to evolve, David Singley remains a steadfast guardian of the profound, emotive power of singer-songwriter based music, captivating listeners with every strum of his guitar and every note of his voice.







Rick Jamm

Journalist, publicist and indie music producer with a fervent passion for electric guitars and mixing desks !

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