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For years Anthony David has created a unique lane for his incredible voice. The Georgia bred soul singer is famously known for his hits with Algebra Blessett (remember 4evermore?) and many collaborations with India.Arie.
Equal parts sultry and nostalgic, David’s sound is eerily reminiscent of the iconic Bill Withers.
And now fans of the Grammy-nominated singer will get to hear a perfect mixture of the two on his forthcoming tribute album to the 79-year-old icon (who celebrates his birthday on July 4), Hello Like Before.
In an interview with Soul Tracks, about Withers’ impact on his musical journey, David says, “In many ways Bill Withers is the artist most influential to my music career,” confides Anthony David. “When I started, I considered myself more of a writer than a singer and for the subject matter and instrumentation on my first project, people would always point and mention his name on terms of my sound. Once I refreshed myself on his music that I grew up with, it gave me confidence, because up until then I wasn’t sure there was a space for me. I’ve covered some of his songs in my sets and there are so many great ones I wanted to do the big classics, plus some deeper in his catalog that I’ve always loved.”
The first single off the album is a brilliant cover of one of Withers’ most famous songs, I Can’t Write Left-Handed.
And for reference, here’s the original 1973 version.
Yep, nailed it.
Hello Like Before, will be released on September 21, 2018. And if you need another reason to fall in love with David, his current album, The Powerful Now is available everywhere. Watch the visuals for one of our favorite songs off the project, Beautiful Problem, below.