David Sancious is one of the most talented and sought after keyboard players in the music industry. Just off a recent tour with Sting, David is back in his studio completing his ninth and tenth albums, entitled “The Treehouse Sessions” and “Eyes Wide Open.”
David Sancious came to the music industry as a member of Bruce Springsteens' E Street Band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. He formed the group TONE in 1974 and recorded several critically acclaimed albums of original compositions, including the Billy Cobham-produced Forest of Feelings (1975), Transformation: Speed of Love (1976) and True Stories (1978). He released Just as I Thought (1979), The Bridge (1981), 9 Piano Improvisations (2000), and Live in The Now (2006) as a solo artist.
Performing on keyboards and guitars, and as composer and producer, David has recorded and toured with legendary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Seal, Santana, Natalie Merchant, Youssou N’Dour, and Erikah Badu. He’s also done session work with a diverse roster of all-star musicians, including Pink Floyd, Darryl Hall & John Oates, Aretha Franklin, Angelique Kidjo, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bryan Ferry, Patti Labelle, Stanley Clarke, and Larry Graham. He was also a member of the historic “A Gathering of Minds,” which brought together David, Jack Bruce, Allan Holdsworth, Billy Cobham, and Didier Lockwood at the 1982 Montreaux Jazz Festival. David recently joined an all-star cast of musicians for Sting’s 60th birthday bash at New York’s Beacon Theater, where he reunited with Bruce Springsteen and accompanied Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Mary J. Blige, and will.i.am to cover Sting’s songs.
Peter Gabriel has referred to David as a “musician’s musician.” David thinks of himself as a composer who plays well, rather than a person who is proficient on a given instrument. He describes his music as a mixture of harmony and melody from the jazz and classical traditions, combined with rhythms from the rock and R&B traditions. He also enjoys session work, which presents an opportunity to mix direction and freedom. His attitude toward session work is that he’s there to serve the person who wrote the song and the song itself, but his deep knowledge of music and his extensive composing and playing experience also allow him to help creators realize their visions more fully.
David is available to create and perform original compositions as well as for session work and touring.