January 17, 2020
In an ever changing music world fraught with people trying to be something they’re not, David Lee is nothing but himself, a Wichita Falls born Texas native and a third generation musician.
The Grammy nominated and multi award winning songwriter cut his teeth in the Texas honkytonks. Playing a mix of blues and country music is where he first found his own songs.
In 1993 David moved to Nashville with his new wife Stacie to chase his dream of performing and writing music. Only weeks after arriving in Nashville, David put away the idea of performing and focused on honing his craft. He spent countless nights at songwriting venues not to perform his original music but to listen to the best songwriters in the world, he deciphered their rhyme schemes, their melodies, subject matter and their sheer honest emotion, he was the perfect student.
Hours upon hours of writing lyric and melody, Lee always challenged himself to be better, to kept his mind open to criticism and change. With uncanny focus and collaborating with other aspiring writers like himself, Lee wanted the opportunity to write as a staff writer, to make a real living doing what he loved, writing country music.
In 1996, three years of working part-time jobs so he could write, Lee signed an exclusive publishing deal with publisher and manager Estill Sowards and John Dorris.
After a few years as a staff writer David and co-writer Tony Lane landed their first cut together “This Old Heart" on Terri Clark’s “How I Feel” cd in 1998 and in 1999 John Michael Montgomery’s title cut “This One’s Gonna Leave a Mark”.
His first Top 10 came with Leann Womack’s “Now You See Me Now you Don't" in 1999, followed by Brad Martin's "Before I Knew Better” in 2002.
In 2003 David signed with BMG Music Publishing and co-wrote his first #1 song “19 Somethin” for Mark Wills, “Letters From Home” for John Michael Montgomery and received a Song of the Year Grammy nomination for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s riveting love song “I Need You” followed by second #1 hit “Lucky Man" performed by Montgomery Gentry.
Later after the sale of BMG, David found a new home at Universal Music Publishing and wrote for six years having another #1 with Easton Corbin’s “Roll With It”, Alan Jackson’s “You Go Your Way”, Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World”, two Trace Adkins releases “I Wanna Feel Somethin" and “This Ain’t No Love Song” and continued to score cuts by artist such as George Strait, Kix Brooks, Clay Davidson, Billy Currington and others.
In 2012 David signed with Ten- Ten Music Group (Barry Coburn) and in2014-2015 had two number one songs on the Texas charts by artist Cody Johnson, “Me and My Kind” and “Cowboy Like Me”.
In October of 2015 the legendary, multi-award holding band Alabama cut two of Lee’s songs “Come Find Me” and their first radio single in over 14 years, “I Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet”.
The last two years David has spent hours upon hours working on his first recording as an artist, his album “The Wichita Kid” will debut in early 2016. “The Wichita Kid” is a non-commercial concept record that chronicles David’s life musically and without boundaries. The labor of love showcases his genuine love of the blues, swing and traditional country music.
In June of 2015 David relocated back to Texas hill country to be closer to friends, family, to share his love for great music as a performing singer/songwriter and away from the forever-changing corporate music industry. He is back to the basics, back to what he loves, singing and performing great music.