Saturday, August 17, 2013

David Peaston

David Peaston (born on March 13, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an R&B/gospel singer from the late '80s/early '90s. He was the son of Martha Bass (who was a member of The Clara Ward Singers gospel group) and the brother of R&B singer Fontella Bass.

David attended the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with his mother as a child. He worked as a schoolteacher, but after being laid off in 1981, David moved to New York and began working as a background singer on recording sessions.

In the late '80s, David won several competitions of "Showtime at the Apollo," winning the audience over with his version of "God Bless the Child." He was later signed by Geffen Records.
In 1988, David released his debut album "Introducing... David Peaston" which peaked at #113 on the Billboard 200, #7 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #66 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Right)" peaked at #84 on the U.K. Singles chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The second single "Can I?" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The third single from the album "We're All In This Together" peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #11 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The last single from the album "Take Me Now" peaked at #77 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In 1990, David won the Soul Train Music Award for "Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist." He toured with Gerald Alston in Europe and Gladys Knight in the United States before moving to MCA Records in 1991.

During that same year, David released his sophomore album "Mixed Emotions" which peaked at #80 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single from the album "String" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

The follow-up single "Luxury of Love" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 1993, David recorded a gospel album with his sister and mother entitled "Promises: A Family Portrait of Faith." He was later diagnosed with diabetes and had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prostheses.

In 2006, David released his last album "Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration." Sadly on February 1, 2012, he passed away from complications of diabetes. He was 54 years old.

To see a video of David performing "Two Wrongs (Don't Make it Right)" on "Soul Train," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLN-C-qzjyU

To see the music video for "Can I?," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0WBfiwm4w

To see the music video for "We're All in This Together," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqRC_Y1URcI

To see a fan-made video for "Take Me Now," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E3zvHmvIJo

To see the music video for "String," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgv0UE9SXn4

To see a fan-made video for "Luxury of Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRlDg5kUrYw

1 comment:

Jahlaune Hunt said...

Wow he is obscure I remember he was popular back when keith washington was popular!