Popular for his works as the lead singer to the band group, Talking Heads, David Byrne is noted for his unique singing styles and his different dance styles on stage. He took up music as a career when he was only a teenager and has gone ahead to spice up his career by getting involved and adding some other endeavors in the world of arts to his repertoire; and despite the fact that he has grown old, his works are still celebrated by many in the world today. Know more about this celebrated music legend in this article.
Who is David Byrne?
David Byrne, the popular lead singer of the American New Wave band; Talking Heads, is a Scottish American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, and filmmaker. He was born on the 14th of May 1952 in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK and he is the first of two children born to his parents – Tom (father) and Emma (mother).
He traveled around with his family before they decided to settle at the United States when he was 9. His father, Tom, made ends meet by working as an electronics engineer while his mother lived as a teacher. He was raised as both a Catholic and a Presbyterian as his mother practiced the later while his dad practiced the former.
His father helped him through his early years as he was a source of encouragement and also one of his biggest inspirations. In fact, while growing up, his father used his electrical engineering skills to remake a tape recorder so that his son, David could make multitrack recordings.
Regarding his education, Byrne attended Lansdowne high school and it was there that he joined his first musical band; Revelation. Meanwhile, David Byrne had learned how to play the guitar, accordion, and violin before getting into high school. He suffered a bit of rejection while in middle school because he couldn’t sing right but having had the desire to be a music artist from when he was quite tender, he braced up and worked behind the scenes, teaching himself on how to sing. Sources say that he could perfectly play his phonograph at the age of three, and learned to play the harmonica when he was just five.
David Byrne collaborated and worked with Marc Kehoe to form a duo group known as Bizadi between 1971 and 1972 and with his duo group, he achieved a few recordings and performances before leaving to Providence in 1973 to create the band, Artistics. Unfortunately, the band fell apart the following year leading to the birth of another band, Talking Heads.
Meanwhile, in all of these, David Byrne still did regular jobs while managing his crew. Talking Heads consisted of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth. The group released their first musical gig in June 1975 and by 1977, they had released 8 studio albums before doing a tour in hiatus.
Three years after, the band broke out, David Byrne decided on working alone, treading the path of a solo artist. He released his debut solo album titled Rei Momo in 1989 featuring different styles of music genre and dance styles in the album. In 1992, he released yet another album Uh-Oh with his track, Girls on My Mind as one of the best songs that period before releasing a self-titled album, David Byrne in 1994.
Meanwhile, the lead singer released an album working with Brian Eno, My Life In The Bush Of Ghost in 1981. The album was received with critical acclaim as a result of the use of analog sounds.
On and on, the lead singer has gone ahead to release a lot of records under his name – while some were collaborations with a few music legends, others done all by himself. He has also earned lots of credits to his name what with his many endeavors in the entertainment industry.
How Much is He Worth?
The multi-talented music crooner has been invovled in diverse occupations in the world of arts and has excelled in every one of them. He has released a lot of records that still has its lyrical contents engraved in the heart of many and of course, has been credited for most of them. He has also featered in some movies also and with all these, it is believed that he is worth $40 million.
Other Facts You Need To Know
Ailment: Aging could be quite a difficult process for most people, for David Byrne, it is undeniable that he is quite old. He is currently said to be suffering from Asperger’s syndrome.
Relationships: David Byrne was a playboy in his early years. He has been in several relationships and has been married only once. He married Adelle Lutz in 1987 but called it off in 2004. With her, he has a daughter named Malu Abeni Valentine Byrne.