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David Skates

David Skates is a native of Culver City, California. His father was a lifelong member of Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood and worked in the old movie musicals (MGM, RKO and other studios were located in Culver City). David's parents made sure that he begin piano lessons at age 8 and he became a part of the music ministry at his local church when he was 15 years old. A period of agnosticism in his teens and early 20s led him from church into the local music scene and for about 2 years he led a piano trio, playing clubs and backing singers and showcases in the Los Angeles area.

David came back to a new, deeper commitment to Christianity about the same time he graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Music Theory-Composition. He later completed his masters degree in Religion and Ministry, taught music for two years at Hope University in Fullerton, CA and then moved from music ministry to being a Senior Pastor.

It was while preaching for a small church in Riverside, CA that his musical interests were re-ignited. David began arranging newer Christian Praise and Worship music and teaching it to the worship leader and praise team so that team could teach the new music to the congregation. The result was a rebirth of his own interest and skills and he began composing original songs for worship and praise.

In 2001 David founded Mere Dog Music publishing company and joined ASCAP and CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc.) as a writer-publisher. He has now returned to his love of music and is re-releasing his songs and composing new ones for a wider audience.