David Stone – On Her Mind
ARTIST NAME: David Stone
SONG TITLE: On Her Mind
ALBUM TITLE: Alright
RELEASE DATE: July, 2018
David Stone – On Her Mind
David Stone is a Canadian singer/songwriter and musician, born and raised on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario.
“David Stone’s songs are carefully written and could easily stand alone as poetry. The fact that he can accompany them with strong melodies that lend themselves to sing-alongs, a voice just this side of gravelly, and delicate guitar work when the occasion calls for it makes Stone a quadruple-threat.”
– Rachel Cholst (Adobe and Teardrops).
I got my first guitar when I was 11, and just never put it down. I started trying to write my own songs right away, and never really had much interest in learning other people’s music at first. I was lucky enough to have a music program at my elementary school, so I learned tenor sax, and learned to read music in the process. Around the same time, I also had access to a hand-me-down drum kit I was able to fool around with, and eventually become half-decent at playing. I enjoyed writing poetry, short stories and little comics, mostly when I should have been doing school work, but that’s eventually what evolved into putting words to the music I was writing.
The year I started high school was also the first year I made the local minor “A” hockey team after being a goalie for house-league teams since I was really young. The other goalie on that team ended being the bass player for one of my first bands, along with my best-friend who I convinced to play drums so that we could enter our high school battle of the bands. I was playing some of the best hockey of my life, while at the same time becoming more and more involved in music. Eventually I made the decision to quit hockey when I was 17, and put all my energy into music. A bad concussion the previous year, and frequent hand injuries, which made playing guitar less-than-comfortable, probably played a role in that decision.
When I was 19, I put together an EP of 7 songs that I’d written overt the previous 4 years. I named it after my song “Ashes” and gave a free copy to anyone who would have one. A few months later, after my then girlfriend (now wife) and I moved from our Collingwood, ON apartment to one in Barrie, ON, I released the “Hollow Heart” EP. It was a mix of songs I’d written years earlier, and some new songs, all newly recorded for the EP.
In 2012 I released “Hemp Cord Demo” which got its name from the hemp cord wrapped CD case that would become its artwork. The “Hemp Cord Demo” featured 8 totally new songs, and a stronger, although unintentional focus on story-telling. In September of 2012 my wife moved into a dorm in Mississauga to attend university, and I was staying with family in Borden. After a little more than a month, I quit my job, packed a few things and drove to her dorm with no plan, other than being with her and continuing to pursue music. After a few months of living in a dorm, busking, booking gigs and continuing to write I had the opportunity to work on another collection of songs at a studio in Waterloo, ON. I ended up recording a few new songs, and re-recording some songs from previous releases. The 2013 (Dance Like Smoke) EP was my first release to be produced by someone else, and my first release to get radio play. Throughout 2012 and 2013 I performed constantly throughout Ontario, selling my CD’s, and building an audience for my music.
In 2014 I started working on the songs that would eventually become the “Northern Exposure” EP. 2 years later, while I was laid off from work I poured all my time into music again. I would drive my wife to her university classes, take our boxer, Scarlett for a hike, and then sit in my car with my ukulele and note pad writing songs like “Over Coffee” while snow fell around my car, and Scarlett napped. The following summer I wrote and recorded the 4 songs on “Grandest of Gestures” and that Autumn I played my first Canadian tour.
“Sound of a Spark” was released, along with a handful of bonus tracks in 2017. The 15 track album featured a range of stories and poems set to music, including re-recorded versions of “The Northern Wind” and “Prepared” to fill out the mix. Songs like “Sound of a Spark” and “Lottery” found an audience with the help of music curators, and laid a strong foundation for future releases.