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Scott McDavid

Now residing in San Diego, California, Scott McDavid grew up in Birmingham Alabama, and was influenced by the music that his family loved. His Dad (R.P. McDavid III) was a band leader during the swing era and had a “Top Hits Countdown” show on WAPI radio in Birmingham in those days as well. His Mom (Ann Brooks McDavid) was a fine pianist and active in local theater and dance groups. Their musical tastes rages from Art Tatum to Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra to Cole Porter, and a very wide variety in between.

“When I was about 15 or so, I was digging through Dad’s record collection (which I wasn’t supposed to be doing) one day while skipping school (wasn’t supposed to be doing that either), and I came across a dark album cover called ‘Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue’, and it looked rather exotic, so I played it.. I was floored and very impressed that my Dad had taste for such music. I didn’t understand the significance of that album till later, but Dad new.. and he was that much hipper to me after that…”

From the hits of the 40s to the Beatles “…I’m still a rabid Beatle student..” - from the deep delta blues, to Motown, and the eccentric stylings of King Crimson, his brothers - “..I got four of ‘em.. all older..” - also had an impact on exposing Scott to what would be his roots in music. “I also loved ‘Yes’ very much… such wonderful musical imagination… big, powerful, bold and most creative.”

“I first heard Steely Dan on the radio with ‘Realin In The Years’ when it was a hit..” - McDavid sites The Beatles, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea as main musical influences to his musical mind, but that “it all creeps in here and there..”

McDavid composes music for film, broadcast, commercial or theater. With 30 plus documentary films to his credit, dozens of jingles, song placements in feature films, 10 ADDY awards, 5 SilverMics, a Telly, and he hopes to add more in the future as his goals are to do feature films - “I love the narrative style of a feature film… as opposed to a documentary, where you are trying hard to stay out of the way and still support the feel and content. Both are fun challenges.”

Somewhere in between all that, he finds time to write and produce his own music.

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