Recording Artist/ Stage Play Actor
Each summer Dave would visit his aunt in Hamilton, Ohio where he maintained a relationship with close friends, Roger Troutman and his brothers who had formed a band as young teenagers. Dave was the lead singer of the group. Because he had to return back home each year he was unable to stay with the group who eventually went on to become the famous Roger and Zapp [Band].
Dave was a cast member of the production of “Precious Lord – The Untold Story of Gospel Music”, and has performed leading roles in numerous stage plays, films, and television shows. Some of his credits are “God’s Trying to Tell You Something”, “Inquest of Sam Cooke”, “Is There a Preacher in The House”, and “Uncle Fletcher’s Money”
His powerful singing voice and acting ability earned him top billing in plays touring throughout the United States and in his travels, he shared the stage and performed with renowned acts and artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Temptations (as occasional backup), Stevie Wonder, The Chi-Lights, The Delphonics, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, and the Southern California Community Choir, and Kirk Franklin to name a few. Because of his musical versatility, Dave Shirley is often asked to perform not only during major concert appearances but for corporate and business banquets and major company functions. Born on the same date as the legendary artist and songwriter Sam Cook, Dave has an uncanny vocal resemblance to Cook and is asked to perform his tunes at various functions and events.
As an aerospace engineer, working in the space station, one of Dave’s memorable moments was receiving a certificate of recognition for his dedication, commitment, and support of the successful flight of STS-88 into space.
After retiring from his aerospace career, he sought out music industry veteran, Dr. Joyce Logan to manage his career. After hearing his single “Let’s Help One Another”, Dr. Logan knew Dave Shirley would be an asset and a breath of fresh air to the music industry. She then inspired him to complete a full album which she produced and titled REFLECTIONS OF DAVE SHIRLEY to show his many musical styles. The project can be found at all major digital outlets such as Amazon, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Apple Music, and many other digital sites.
Dave Shirley is multi-faceted in that he can sing gospel, country, reggae, classical, and pop with a committing style like very few artists display on stage or in a church setting. The intensity of his emotions while singing draws the listener in whether it’s feeling his music on radio, or internet, or simply watching Dave perform live. Millinneal fans have labeled Dave’s brand of Gospel Music “Neo-Soul” and he is sought after by these fans.
Dave’s passion for humanity inspired him to write the song “Let’s Help One Another”. When asked what inspired him, he spoke of the current conditions that exist in the world today with homelessness, the political climate, and other social and economic issues and the toll it has taken on families and communities. His focus in the lyrics is to inspire and encourage others to get involved, show more love and compassion; to show that they care with a simple smile or an act of kindness, or simply saying “hello”. For more information and to hear the music and video see www.daveshirleymusic.com