David John Matthews is recognized as an American actor, songwriter, singer, musician, and record label owner originally from South Africa. He is also best known as the Dave Matthews Band’s lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. This individual has made a name for himself in the world of music, and has come to be revered by many. Here are all the facts you need to know about the multitalented superstar.
Dave Matthews Bio
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 9th of January, 1967, Dave and his family relocated a lot as he grew up between South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At the age of nine, Dave Matthews began playing his first instrument, the acoustic guitar. His dad who worked with IBM as a physicist died of lung cancer in 1977. Biographer Nevin Martell claims that the death of Dave’s father could be a strong reason for his song Carpe Diem.
Dave Matthews attended his first concert while living in New York when his mom took him to see Pete Seeger’s performance. The family then migrated in 1977 to Johannesburg. He was confronted with conscription to the South African military when he graduated from high school at St Stithians College in 1985, just as civil disobedience to the practice became widespread. Dave who is a Quaker and a pacifist left Johannesburg in order to avoid being conscripted.
In 1986, Dave Matthews worked with IBM for a spell after moving to NYC, then joined his mother in Charlottesville, Virginia, where his family had lived prior to his birth. He met with Charlottesville local star and future partner Tim Reynolds through a friend, Nic Cappon. Reynolds brought Dave on stage with him, and he was eventually persuaded to record some of his own songs.
He had the idea of forming his own group in 1991 with Carter Beauford, LeRoi Moore, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, and Peter Griesar (who left the band in 1993). The band played for the Middle East Children’s Alliance for the first time in 1991 and, thanks to their manager Coran Capshaw, quickly moved to the national level. They sold more than 33 million records and this earned them a place on the list of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
Apart from his singing career, Dave Matthews is also an actor. He made his acting debut with the Disney movie When the Red Fern Grows and later starred alongside Jeff Daniels and Eva Marie Saint in Because of Winn-Dixie. He also made a brief appearance in the 2007 movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, where he played a homosexual salesman.
In 2003, he won the ASCAP Award from a Motion Picture for Mr. Deeds in the Most Performed Song category and in 2004 won the Grammy Award in the Best Rock Vocal Performance-Male category.
His Sister and Family
In early 1994, the elder sister of Dave Matthews, Anne Matthews, who lived in South Africa, was murdered by her husband, who subsequently committed suicide. This affected him very much. Consequently, Under the Table and Dreaming, an album published later that year by the band was devoted to her. His sister had two kids who survived the terrible incident when she died. They left for the USA, where Dave and his younger sister, Jane, took charge of their upbringing.
Dave Matthews’ Wife and Kids
In 1994, Dave Matthews married Ashley Harper, his long-time girlfriend. They have twin daughters, Stella Busina and Grace Anne who were born on August 15, 2001, and a son who was born on June 19, 2007, named August Oliver. They reside in Washington, Seattle.
It is interesting to know that the tenderest song and the angriest song from the Dave Matthews Band are about the same specific girl Julia Grey that he proposed to 3 times and was denied every time.
Net Worth and Assets
He has an estimated net worth of about $300 million and gained that amount from his professional music career as well as his other businesses. One of his albums titled Remember Two Things was published by the Independent label Bama Rags and was certified gold. The Recording Industry Association of America ranks the Dave Matthews Band in their top 50, with lots of gold and platinum certifications.