Founder of Aton in 2003, Willingham is an accomplished musician, composer and producer. Growing up in the Dallas area he began playing the trumpet as a Senior in High School. Currently heading up The David Willingham Project and managing Third EyeLand Productions, Willingham has played with numerous artists and bands; Yerba from 1998 to 2001, Page 43 with Jason Davis from 2001 to 2003, Erykah Badu’s “Jam Session” featuring Comon and Talib Kweli, for the Dallas Can Benefit Concert Bronco Bowl 2001, “Stan Kazz” funk and jazz band, 4th trumpet chair in the Dallas Jazz Orchestra 2002-03, Future Soul Sound Clash 2003-present, Cas Haley, Wood Belly and Played in the horn section live at Granada Theater Dallas with Emily King and Dwele.
In the recording studio, Willingham has worked with Spoon Fed Tribe’s in the release of “We Are Part Of The Problem” in 2003; additionally in January 2008, Willingham and his Third EyeLand Productions company worked on Aton’s debut CD, “Reunify”. The CD, mastered at Tuff Gong Studios, includes 10 tracks of reggae/jazz influenced music. June 2009 – David recorded a duet with legendary reggae singer, Luciano and is released “Mama”, his latest Ep with an All-Star packed musician roster of reggae and soul master musicians and innovators.
An innovator himself, David reunites Bernard Wright with Sly Dumbar from the album, Silent Assassins and Chinna Smith with “Horsemouth” Wallace (of the Abyssinians and Rockers Fame) to create his Dream Studio One Recording Session. Released in November 2010, Mama, the title track of Willingham’s first solo release was covered by Cas Haley on the 2010 California Tour with The EasyStar AllStars and was well received. In 2011 and 2012, David continues to tour with several musical acts such as Cas Haley at Hangout Fest and Electric Forest and with 3 Bands, Spoonfed Tribe, Ugly Lion and Holding space at Wakarusa.
David plays drums in Kapow and is currently collaborating and performing with many local musicians and producers. One of his many goals is to bring the “Inna Da Yard” vibe of on the fly, one take, creative experience that David witnessed during his stay in Kingston, Jamaica at Chinna’s Inna da Yard Studios.
David Willingham – Trumpet, Vocals, Melodica, Uke, Conch Shell, etc.
Ryan Eldridge – Keys, Organ, Clav
Brandon Morris – Drums, Djembe, and Cymbals
Hank Fore – Bass
Mike Clowes – Guitar
Becky Elias – Vocals
Stephen Harper – Saxophone
Kelyn Krapp – Guitar
Yun Kim – Percussion
Goes good with:
Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Cas Haley, SOJA, Dennis Brown, Luciano, Ugly Lion, Easy Star All-Stars, Black Seeds, and many more…