David Pomeranz is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters and performing artists on the scene today. His songs and recordings have sold over 40 million copies worldwide, earning him a total of 18 Gold and 22 Platinum records, and his live concerts have delighted and inspired millions all over the world.
Hailed by Billboard magazine as, “…one of our finer voices”, David has recorded nine solo albums including, “It’s In Every One Of Us” (Arista), “The Truth Of Us” (Pacific/Atlantic) – co-produced with Paul Simon Producer, Roy Halee), “Time To Fly” (Decca) – featuring Jazz greats, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jan Hammer), “On This Day” (MCA Universal) and “Born For You – His Best And More” (MCA Universal), which has sold over 500,000 copies in the Philippines alone, making it the largest-selling International Pop album in the history of that country. His latest CD release, “You’re The Inspiration” (MediaNation), containing David’s versions of some of the most beloved Pop songs of all time, was released in February of 2013.
Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, David showed signs of “things to come” by conducting to his parent’s records on the playroom table and putting on shows for neighbors in the backyard. His first experiences singing in public were performing duets with his father in Synagogue. Before long, David learned to play the piano, taught himself to play guitar and drums and, by age 14, began writing his first songs. His teen years were spent playing in rock bands (including a stint as lead singer in a Cincinnati group which was to become Pure Prairie League), until at the tender age of 19, he got his first professional break when Decca Records signed him to a multi-album solo contract.
In the early 1970’s, he began honing his extraordinary craft as a performer as “opening act” for Randy Newman, Steve Martin, Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, George Benson and Laura Nyro and it was around that time that major label Recording Artists were becoming aware of David’s exquisite songs and came calling (the first being Lou Rawls, who recorded David’s beautiful, “Let It Be Now”.)
In 1975, Barry Manilow asked to record David’s, “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again” (originally penned forThe Carpenters) and Barry’s version became David’s first Number One hit. In 1980, Barry struck gold again with his version of “The Old Songs” (co-written by David and songwriting legend, Buddy Kaye) which swiftly became David’s second Chart-topping single. Other artists who have since recorded and performed David’s songs include Clay Aiken, Bette Midler, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Kenny Loggins, Freddie Mercury, Cliff Richard (who has recorded three of David’s songs including the Top Five hit, “I Still Believe In You”), Anna Nalik, Grover Washington Jr., Richard Marx, The Carpenters, Isaac Hayes, Phoebe Snow, Dennis DeYoung (of Styx), Hubert Laws, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Harry Belafonte, Leo Sayer, The Muppets, Glen Campbell, The Hollies, Lea Salonga, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andrea Marcovicci, Cleo Laine and many more. In 2002, Missy Elliott sampled David’s music for her hit single, “One Minute Man” (Elektra) which went to the top of the Billboard Charts.
In 1987, David developed a close friendship with Russian Rock Star, Alexander “Sasha” Malinin, which was the inspiration for their powerful “pre-glasnost” duet recording, “Faraway Lands” (Cypress/A&M) – one of the first such collaborations in history. Recorded in both Moscow and L.A., David and Sasha premiered the song live from Moscow’s Gorky Park which was broadcast on an episode of the hit ABC series, “Head Of The Class” to a record 40 million viewers; the first American Television production to be shot in the “New Russia.” The song was included in the Cypress/A&M album collection, “Critic’s Choice” and the duo performed together guesting on “The Today Show”, MTV, and at a special Press event in The Kremlin in 1993.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his song work on Television (penning the lyrics to Fred Karlin’s music for the CBS Movie,”Homeward Bound”) and from 1986-1993, his was the voice heard each week singing the title song for the hit ABC Series, “Perfect Strangers” which firmly established the characters of “Balky” and “Cousin Larry” in the American psyche. David has since written and performed songs for countless Television Series’ and Specials including”Boston Legal” (ABC), “Will And Grace” (NBC), “American Idol” (Fox) “The Seoul Summer Olympic Games”, Hallmark’s Award-winning Children’s series, “Zoobilee Zoo” (PBS), and Showtime’s “Elvis Presley’s Graceland”, for which he composed the score.
His songs have been heard in numerous Major Motion Pictures such as 20th Century Fox’s “Big”, starring Tom Hanks, Warner Bros.’ “Fire Down Below” starring Steven Seagal (co-writing the song, “Long Way Around” with Steven and performed byRichie Sambora of Bon Jovi)), Paramount’s “Man Woman And Child” with Martin Sheen, Paul Schrader’s “Patty Hearst”, starring Natassia Richardson and Dino Delaurentis’ version of, “King Kong” (for which David wrote lyrics to John Barry’s haunting Title theme.) His recent composition, “The Art Of The Soul” was featured in the Sundance-produced Documentary, “As Seen through These Eyes”, performed by Sony/BMG artist, Anna Nalick (“Breathe”) and narrated by Maya Anjelou. The Film has gone on to win several International Film Festival Awards.
As a young child growing up on Long Island, David’s parents introduced him to the “master works” of the Broadway writers Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Boch and Harnick, Irving Berlin and Jule Styne and it was then that he first aspired to become a writer of songs for the Musical Theater.
His first assignment came in 1985 when he was asked to contribute songs for the West End Musical hit, “Time”, produced by Dave Clark (yes, of the Dave Clark Five!) which starred Cliff Richard and a 50-foot high 3-D projection of Sir Laurence Olivier, who recited the lyrics to David’s “love song for the human race”, “It’s In Every One Of Us”. The score to “Time” was released as a Celebrity Studio Album on EMI Records which featured, among others, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury, Julian Lennon and Dionne Warwick. “Time” ran on the West End for two years at the Dominion Theatre.
David’s next Theater project was writing the Music and Lyrics (and co-Book with Steven David Horwich) for “Little Tramp”, a Stage Musical based on the life of screen legend,Charlie Chaplin. The 1992 U.K. premiere of “Little Tramp” prompted Warner Bros. Records to release an album of the featured songs that same year which starred, among others, Richard Harris, Mel Brooks, Petula Clark, Lea Salonga, Mel Smith, Johnny Logan, Tim Curry,Treat Williams, Peter Duncan, and David himself. “Little Tramp” was the 1995 selection at the “O’Neill Musical Theater Festival” in Waterford, Connecticut and, in 1996, was chosen as the “quintessential” contemporary American Musical for the “East/West Theater Conference” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2008, David decided to combine his talents for both writing and performing by turning, “Little Tramp” into an innovative new one-man multi-media tour de force entitled, “Chaplin – A Life. In Concert”, in which he stars and portrays more than 40 characters. The show premiered at the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts in Palm Beach, Florida and has since been touring throughout the United States. In June of 2013, “Chaplin – A Life. In Concert” will have its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival, Noosa Festival and Melbourne Festival and will continue to tour the United States throughout the 2013-14 season.
After writing “Little Tramp”, in collaboration with Mr. Horwich and “Time” author, David Soames, David’s next project was composing the music for a breathtaking new musical version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale Of Two Cities”. After successful runs in Birmingham, England (1998) and Windsor (1999), starring Paul Nicholas and produced by Tony Award-winner, Bill Kenwright, “Two Cities” had its official London Premiere at The Charing Cross Theatre in 2012 produced and directed by Mr. Nicholas.
For the 2004-2005 season, David was represented Off-Broadway as Composer of a new musical based on the Newbury Award-winning Children’s Book, “The Family Under The Bridge”. “Under The Bridge”, written with Lyricist/Book Writer, Kathie Lee Gifford and directed by Tony winner, Eric Schaffer, opened at the Zipper Theater and has since become a Holiday staple on tour.
Most recently, David collaborated again with Kathie Lee Gifford and co-composer, David Friedman, on “Scandalous”, a musical based on the life of evangelist, Aimee Semple Macpherson. Originally titled, “Saving Aimee” (and premiering at the Tony-winning Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia in 2007 and again in 2011 at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, directed by David Armstrong), “Scandalous” starring Broadway legends, Carolee Carmello, George Hearn and Roz Ryanopened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater in November of 2012.
The Original Cast album of “Scandalous” is now available on Sony/Shout! Records.