The worries were worth the truths
that David discovered. "More than anything, I learned that you have to be honest with yourself and with every person in your life..this business lends itself to lying. The artist always has has to be the good guy. You're never allowed to have a bad day. I didn't like the person I became. I lied because I was chicken to tell the truth in certain personal relationships - whether it was with a female or if ut was a business relationship...If I hated a song but my record label or my producer said, 'Oh man, that's a great song,' I lied to myself and said, 'ok. I'll do it.' In shows I would get talked out of doing certain songs. When I was on the road with Reba and Brooks & Dunn and Terri Clark, I had a rock medley that I loved doing, because rock is part of my background. The crowd loved it too, but band members and management people would mess with me. They'd say jokingly, 'we've got to hear "Sweet Home Alabama" one more time? So I got talked out of doing it - and lied to myself and said, 'It'll be fne.'"
But the lies are over for David, who recently returned to the studio to work on a new album.
"This record will be different from my first two because it's going to have a little more punch to it," he says smiling. "I've got seven songs that I'm real happy with so far - and I definitely want some of my co-written songs on my record too. From now on, I'm goig to be true to myself."
David hopes to release the new music by summer. He's thankful that after his prolonged absense from the spotlight, his fans are still there.
"I hear that they continue to request my stuff on the radio..and that's a wonderful thing. Fans are awesome."
He's also thankful to have finally found who he really is.
"Defining your whole self as 'the artist' is a big mistake," he says in hindsight. "I'm living proof." ~ Wendy Newcomer