World class baritone and Shadowlands Music recording artist David Britton is excited to introduce his latest full-length album, The Spirit Of Christmas, to the stage.
The Spirit Of Christmas, is David’s second holiday offering, which showcases his unique voice and musical style. He wraps his incredibly rich baritone voice into and around these timeless holiday classics, creating a pop-classical sound (with a twist of anthemic rock).
Britton’s live performances are always a thrilling event, with a tremendous vocal display, delivering powerful and emotional moments, sprinkled with a delightful dose of humor throughout the evening. Recent projects have focused on creatively combining musical genres, resulting in a film-score-like style, recognizable by its soaring melodies, underpinned by a rich orchestral foundation with complex rock influences.
The classically trained Britton, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and with various opera companies and at performing arts venues around the world, effortlessly merges his diverse influences.
After playing drums and trumpet in high school, David began studying classical voice at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, where he discovered a love for opera and art song. He continued to refine his voice earning an advanced degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed under the auspices of Opera San Jose, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Opera Theater of Lucca, Opera Santa Barbara, Nagoya Opera in Japan, Festival Opera, Intermountain Opera, and others.
Britton made his Carnegie Hall debut as Townsend Harris in the world premiere of The Dawn of Japan by Toroku Takagi. With more than twenty roles in David’s catalogue, highlights include his well-received interpretations of Mozart’s Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro), and Don Giovanni.
Born to international missionary parents, David Britton spent his early years on the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles and in Europe. During childhood, he developed his love for music and diverse cultural styles while singing in churches around the world with his family and learning language skills in English, Dutch, Italian, French and German.
David now resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and 2 children. He is a frequent guest soloist at Scottsdale Bible Church with one of the largest contemporary worship congregations in the southwest region.
He shares a little of his vision and hope: “In a world that is is full of so much turmoil and pain, it is my goal to use music to shed a glimmer of light; to bring comfort to those that grieve, peace to those at war, hope to those that fail, encouragement to those that feel alone, joy to those in despair.
I am grateful for the opportunity to create music that does not fit within any specific genre, that allows me to leverage the unorthodox musical influences of my life, that people of all generations and tastes may find something that speaks to them. Above all else it is my desire that those who listen may see past me to the One who created all things. That they may feel enriched by the texts I am privileged to sing, and that they may be inspired to dig in and hold fast to those things that matter most. And that all glory may go to God, the caretaker of my soul. Soli Deo Gloria!