David Tao 陶喆. He’s the godfather of Chinese R&B and my favorite singer. I thought I should dedicate an entry to him because I love his music so much.
Here’s a quote supposedly said by the man himself taken from a David Tao Facebook group:
“You have to be passionate. Music should have a positive effect to help others, like for example, Peter Gabriel or John Lennon. I think that their music has affected and helped a lot of people all over the world. Music should be therapeutic but you don’t have to do that on purpose. When you speak your inner most feelings or put your own life experiences in your music, the honesty will come through and your music will move people, besides love songs of course.”
Whether he said it or not, I think he really succeeds there. No matter how I’m feeling, there’s a song that he wrote for it. I don’t feel alone in this world knowing that he’s felt the same way.
I can’t wait for something new to come out. The most recent song he released is Free. David Tao doesn’t release things very often. New albums come out about every 2 years. And I hear he’s trying out directing films. But the magical thing about his music is that it is timeless. I’ve been listening to David Tao since middle school (since you guys don’t know how old I am, it’s been a few years since middle school), and I’m still listening to the same songs.
His voice isn’t super duper special and he’s not exactly a pretty boy, but his passion, lyrics, and melodies will touch your heart. Everybody should take a listen to his music.
David Tao news is slow but for frequent updates on him, check this blog out: http://taozhe.blogspot.com/