One of music's most distinctive voices, David Pack has won acclaim worldwide for both his insightful solo work and as the charismatic lead vocalist—and guitarist—for the celebrated progressive pop-rock group Ambrosia. As a songwriter, Pack's compositions took the band to the top of the charts repeatedly, and have delivered hits for a diverse group of artists. As a record producer, he's worked with many of the biggest names in music, his collective works selling over 30 million units. Pack's imprint producing and music directing truly major events includes the masterminding of President Clinton's two star-studded inaugural galas.
On The Secret Of Movin' On, his long-awaited new solo album and debut disc for Concord/Peak Records, David Pack's ongoing evolution from his phenomenal stint as Ambrosia's frontman into the compelling artist he is today is revealed in a way that's both powerful and intimate. His creative journey paralleled by one of intense personal exploration, Pack's latest music—as suggested by the album title—is soulful and authentic, driven by his deep commitment to a spiritual path and the earned wisdom of major life-changing experiences. "I was walking through an emotional hurricane when the opportunity came to make this CD," he explains. "As a result, it's one of my most personal, and most revealing, to date."
As ever, Pack's stellar song craft shines through as well. In speaking about his mentors and friends Quincy Jones and the late Leonard Bernstein, David said recently, "They were larger-than-life figures who taught me that all great things start with a song. For a songwriter, a great song is like discovering a secret code that you can share with the world." This mysterious alchemy of artistic translation that Pack refers to works magic throughout The Secret Of Movin' On.
Highlights include four exciting new vocal collaborations with friends and guest artists, among them the moving ballad "A Brand New Start," featuring the soulful counterpoint of former Journey frontman Steve Perry, who also co-wrote and co-produced the track. "It's one of the handful of songs Steve and I wrote just after 9/11," recalls Pack, adding, "we just needed to express ourselves."
Other harmonic partnerships are the gently seductive title track, the Latin-flavored "The Secret Of Movin' On (Travelin' Light)," graced with Heart's Ann Wilson, and the folksy, "front porch-flavored" "Tell Her Goodbye," featuring Pack in tandem with Dewey Bunnell of America. The upbeat yet bittersweet "Where We Started From" features a duet with the unmistakable, soaring voice of The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmidt. These and other tracks also feature the instrumental prowess of several of modern jazz's top talents, including David Benoit, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Russ Freeman, and Eric Marienthal.
On bringing some of his oldest friends to his newest venture, Pack commented, "Their voices remind us of how we felt at a certain time by triggering something emotionally, but it isn't just about nostalgia—it's about connections."
Also meaningfully connecting Pack's present to his rich past are transcendent reworks of two of his most famous compositions, "Biggest Part Of Me" and "You're The Only Woman (You & I)." Both massive Ambrosia hits, these classics sparkle with new life as Pack reinterprets them with a spirited and jazzy contemporary flair. Pack closes the album with songs honoring his daughters, the wistful and lovely "Think Of U (Song 4 Kaitlyn)" and "Elizabeth," featuring Beth Pack, a special needs child, ending the track with a heartfelt, "Hey dad."
Another personal touch making The Secret Of Movin' On extra special to David is the extraordinary album art, featuring the paintings of famed lyricist Bernie Taupin, also a highly respected visual artist. Their friendship dates back to 1992, when Taupin invited Pack to be music director/conductor for AIDS Project LA's Commitment To Life VI, a benefit concert featuring Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Wynonna, and others that raised over $4 million.
David Pack first rose to stardom when Ambrosia's debut hit, 1975's "Holdin' On To Yesterday," captured the pop culture consciousness, followed by the blockbuster 1978 #3 Billboard single "How Much I Feel." Before Ambrosia disbanded in '82, Pack penned them two more signature smashes (and 3 million plus BMI airplay award winners)—both reincarnated on his new album—"Biggest Part Of Me" and "You're The Only Woman." The band's legacy was honored in 2001 with Warner Bros.' Anthology, a "best of" compilation also featuring three new tracks.
Pack's debut solo album was the 1986 Warner Bros. release Anywhere You Go, executive produced by Lenny Waronker, with the stand-outs "I Just Can't Let Go" and "Prove Me Wrong," the latter also featured in the Taylor Hackford (Ray)-directed motion picture White Nights. 2004's Unborn, introducing a dozen diverse songs written over the years but never before recorded, is Pack's only other solo disc prior to The Secret Of Movin' On.
The years in between have been filled with a much-lauded career as a visionary producer, which began in 1983 when Quincy Jones connected David with Patti Austin for multiple projects. Two decades-plus later, his production credits include work with artists Kenny Loggins, Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Selena, Wynonna, CeCe Winans, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, James Ingram, Patti Labelle, and Trisha Yearwood, among many others. Notable highlights also include the GRAMMY®-winning Best Contemporary Gospel Albums Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration ('95) and Tribute: Songs of Andrae Crouch ('96).
The most personally meaningful to Pack of all his many projects as a producer is 1996's RIAA Gold CD The Songs of West Side Story (with Phil Collins's Top 5 hit "Somewhere"), an all-star tribute to music legend Leonard Bernstein, who was also godfather to Pack's eldest daughter. Most recently, Pack produced the multi-artist Time-Life CD Committed 2 Rock, featuring an enviable line-up of top modern rock and contemporary Christian acts—including Dave Matthews, Creed, Moby, and Nickelback—performing positive-skewed songs. The project was the first one conceived by Mpowered Ideas, the independent media company Pack co-founded in 2001.
As David Pack returns to recording for the first time in many years, he says, "I've had the great blessing to do so many wonderful projects with stars from classical, jazz, rock, pop, and gospel music, yet I feel like I'm only just hitting my own stride artistically. It feels like exactly the right time to be recording again, to bring all these things together. The Secret Of Movin' On is really about 'traveling light' in life, letting go of the internal baggage we carry around, which only comes through forgiveness, and through love. That is the road to true inner peace, and for me, it's a beautiful place to be right now."
David Pack has won international acclaim both for his solo work—most recently with the 2005 Concord/Peak release The Secret Of Movin' On--and his stellar turn as frontman for Ambrosia. He is also renowned as a producer for stars including Wynonna, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Loggins, and as a music director/producer of global stage events including both of President Clinton's inaugurals. He is CEO of his own media company, Mpowered Ideas, Inc., with recent collaborative works released by Time-Life Music, Sony BMG, and Univision. He has worked on multiple GRAMMY-winning projects and his collected works as a performer and producer have sold over 30 million units worldwide.
- Classic Hits & Songwriting Highlights
- Wrote Ambrosia's 3 #1 singles "Biggest Part Of Me"; "How Much I Feel"; and "You're The Only Woman" and top 10 "Holdin' On To Yesterday" - all awarded BMI 2 and 3 Million Airplay special achievement awards
- West Side Story - with Stephen Sondheim's blessings, wrote additional lyrics for "I Feel Pretty" and "Officer Krupke" (raps) for David's "Songs of West Side Story" tribute to Leonard Bernstein CD (RCA/Grammy) 1996
- Disney's animated classic Cinderella - Re-Wrote "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" for Linda Rondstadt in English and Spanish; and "So This Is Love" for James Ingram
- "All The Pretty Little Ponies" w/ Kenny Loggins' Dbl. Platinum "Return To Pooh Corner" CD - David Crosby & Graham Nash harmony (Sony Wonder)
- Wynonna's "The Wyld Unkown" & "Why Now" for "The Other Side" Curb/Universal Gold CD June 2000; Included on Judds Reunion Live CD
- Alan Parsons - Co-wrote 3 songs for his Arista CD "Try Anything Once" and 2005 CD "A Valid Path" co-wrote and sang "You Can Run"
- The #1 CHR hit "All I Need" for Quincy Jones' Qwest/Warner label and artist/actor Jack Wagner - BMI 2 Million Airplay Award (w/ Glen Ballard & Cliff Magness)
- Patti Austin's top 10 AC hit "Through The Test Of Time" (GRP)
- David Benoit's top 5 AC/Smooth Jazz hit "The Key To You" (GRP) and "Every Corner Of The World" (Song of Freedom)
- Michael McDonald co-wrote Top 10 AC hit "Our Love" for film No Mercy with Richard Gere and Kim Basinger; and "Get The Word Started" & "By Heart" all on Michael's The Very Best of Michael McDonald CD (Rhino/Warners)
- Top 5 AC Hits from Packs 1987 Warner Bros. Solo CD "Anywhere You Go", "That Girl Is Gone" and "I Just Can't Let Go" trio with James Ingram & Michael McDonald
- Writer/Co-WAmriter of all six Ambrosia Albums (Warner Bros) including "Nice Very Nice" with famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- "Thank You Billy Graham" co-wrote with Pat Boone & Billy Dean featuring Bono, Leann Rimes, DC Talk, Michael McDonald, Billy Dean, CNN's Larry King, Andrae Crouch and others.
- Disney's "Remember The Magic" 25th Anniversary of Disney World theme for Brian McKnight (David composed and produced) on Disney's Music From The Park
- Current CD "The Secret Of Movin' On" co-wrote "A Brand New Start" with former Journey frontman Steve Perry; and collaborated with Rippington's Russ Freeman and David Benoit on title track (Concord/Peak)
- Artists produced by David
- Aretha Franklin
- Leann Rimes
- Lisa Left Eye
- Faith Hill
- Phil Collins
- Kenny Loggins
- Michael McDonald
- Natalie Cole
- Patti LaBelle
- Trisha Yearwood
- Billy Gilman
- All 4 One
- Wynonna Judd
- Brian Setzer
- Brian McKnight
- Little Richard
- Patti Austin
- Linda Ronstadt
- James Ingram
- Pointer Sisters
- Mavis Staples
- Andrae Crouch
- David Benoit
- Take 6
- Bruce Hornsby
- Branford Marsalis
- Chick Corea
- Steve Vai
- Tevin Campbell
- Jerky Boys
- Paul Rodriquez
- Yakov Smirnoff
- Def Jeff
- Amy Grant
- Chet Atkins
- Olivia Newton John
- DC Talk
- Jennifer Holliday
- CeCe Winans
- Selected Music Production Highlights
- Committed 2 Rock Time-Life special with Dave Matthews, Creed, Foo Fighters, Moby, POD, 311, Eve 6, Barenaked Ladies and others. (2004)
- The Songs Of West Side Story - Tribute to Leonard Berstein: All-star pop tribute with Aretha, Selena, Phil Collins, Trisha Yearwood, Brian Setzer, Little Richard, Chick Corea and others.
- Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration (1995) a track with Take Six's Mervyn Warren for this GRAMMY and Dove award winner for Best Contemporary Gospel Album
- Disney: "25th Anniversary Music of Parks" w/Brian McKnight and Cinderella w/Linda Rondstadt and James Ingram
- Return To Pooh Corner, Kenny Loggins (1994)
- "Psalm 23" (2003) with Billy Gilman & Rebecca St James for children of 9/11 victims
- The Real Me, Patti Austin, for Quincy Jones (1988)
- Ambrosia - Anthology - Warner Bros.' "best of" retrospective also featuring three new tracks
- Blue Obsession, Michael McDonald (1997), the track "Ain't That Peculiar."
- One Heart at a Time, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research, featuring Garth Brooks Faith Hill and others
- Guest Recordings and Tour Highlights
- 2004 David Benoit/Russ Freeman (Rippingtons) Tour of America (special guest)
- 2001 Walk Down Abbey Road U.S. and Japan tours: Tribute to The Beatles featuring Todd Rundgren, Alan Parsons, Ann Wilson (Heart), and the late John Entwistle (The Who).
- Duet with Wynonna on "The Wyld Unkown" & "Why Now" from her album The Other Side (1997)
- Vocals and duet w/ Bette Midler for her 3x platinum Beaches: Original Soundtrack Recording (1989)
- Vocals on tracks for Quincy Jones, Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, James Ingram, Kansas, Doobie Brothers, Pat Simmons, Andrae Crouch, Larry Carlton, Don Was, David Benoit, Patti Austin and more
- Featured Vocalist: Tribute To Jeff Porcaro CD w/ Don Henley & Richard Marx
- Alan Parsons' Arista album -Try Anything Once: wrote & sang 3 tracks
- Guest vocalist on Al Stewart's legendary "Year Of The Cat"
- Legendary Jazz keyboard artist David Benoit's Top 5 AC hit "The Key To You"
- Touring guitarist/vocalist with Michael McDonald, 1987-88, U.S. and England
- Film & TV Highlights
- Michael McDonald & Friends: 2004 PBS TV Special & DVD; co-music directed & performed.
- Roseanne: TV Talk Show for NBC-TV; scored all Music (2002-2003)
- Beaches: duet and vocals on Bette Midler's #1 multi-platinum soundtrack
- No Mercy (1986, w/ Richard Gere): wrote end title song "Our Love" with Michael McDonald
- White Nights (directed by Taylor Hackford) wrote and sang "Prove Me Wrong," from the only dance sequence between the stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines
- Arthur (platinum soundtrack): performed, with Ambrosia, "Poor Rich Boy," by Burt Bacharach.
- Chet Atkins & Friends (HBO, 1988) with Mark Knopfler, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and more. Dueted with Atkins on guitar and performed in all-star ensemble.
- Goldie Hawn's Wildcats with James Newton Howard: source music and 4 songs for artists James Ingram, Randi Crawford, Mavis Staples, and Tata Vega
- Special Events Producer/Music Director Highlights
- 1993: Music-directed Chuck Berry/Little Richard segment of all-star televised Presidential Gala.
- President Clinton's 1993 Inaugural Arkansas Ball: assembled 'Packman's Dream Team All-Stars for the event, including Kenny Loggins, Bruce Hornsby and Michael McDonald.
- President Clinton's 1997 Inaugural Arkansas Ball: Pack asked back by the President to coordinate all-star event featuring Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Bebe Winans, Bela Fleck and more.
- 1992 Aids Project L.A.'s Commitment to Life VI: teamed with Bernie Taupin to produce/music direct tribute to Barbra Streisand & David Geffen, w/Elton John, Billy Joel, Eddie Van Halen and more.
- 1995 Benefit for Children of Bosnia with Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Roberta Flack, Yanni, Kitaro, Ambrosia, Kenny Loggins and Alan Parsons.
- 1988: Carnegie Hall AIDS Benefit "Children Will Listen" featuring Leonard Bernstein and the Boys Choir of Harlem, David Benoit & Patti Austin
- 1997: Presidents' Volunteer Summit in Philadelphia for Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford.
- 2000: Yamaha's Michael McDonald Lifetime Achievement Award Show at the L.A. Shrine with Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs, Christopher Cross and others