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David E. J. Smith

David Edward Johnson Smith was born and raised in Independence, Missouri, the youngest child of nine. While most of his siblings received piano lessons, David seemed like the least-likely pupil, and nearly missed this opportunity. An older brother who had taken lessons decided to experiment with teaching David how to play the piano, and it was noticed that he had a very nice touch at the keys. However, it was not until David became fascinated with the theme song from "Chariots of Fire", and sat at the piano for hours until the piece was mastered, that his true talent for music was discovered.
David began formal piano lessons at the age of twelve, and also participated in orchestra, where he began playing the cello. In junior high, he was encouraged to write an original composition. His orchestra teacher arranged this composition, and it was performed by the entire orchestra for a concert. Soon after, David realized that he could improvise over this composition by using chord progressions, scales, and arpeggios.
David enrolled in the Music/Arts Institute of Independence when he was a sophomore in high school, and continued studying music for over four more years. Soon, he discovered that he could use his method of improvisation to create original arrangements of just about anything. Being raised in a religious family, the value of the sacred hymns was instilled in David his entire life. It was quite natural for this music to become the focus of his improvisation and arrangements. Having the ability to add to something that is of extreme importance to many people is a blessing to both David, and those who hear his music.
While in college, David predominantly studied art, and became a very prolific painter. However, his love for piano performance continued to flourish. He began performing everywhere he could, and often found his most appreciative audiences to be those from the "Greatest Generation". Although he enjoys playing the piano for anyone who will listen, it is especially rewarding for David to play for those who need spiritual inspiration. Like David in The Bible, David performs to glorify God.