The Turlock Concert Association will open there new season with a performance from crooner David Myles on Oct. 16.
Music writers have described Myles as a mix of Justin Timberlake and James Taylor, who has embraced modern and vintage pop, folk, and soul music, and finds inspiration in musical legends like The Platters, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, and Jackie Wilson.
For the New Brunswick native, a love of the classics began in his teenage years. While his contemporaries were listening to the new grunge bands out of Seattle, Myles was falling hard into the music of Miles Davis.
“You know when you’re a teenager and you have that moment and you find a record that kind of feels like it’s just yours?” Myles said on his website. “For me, that was Miles Davis. I played trumpet so I got a Miles Davis record and I was like, ‘Whoa. This is awesome.’”
Myles’ style and sounds evoke a bygone era. He always takes the stage in a well-tailored suit and crosses generations and musical genres with ease. He describes his music as somewhere between Chuck Berry and Chet Baker and calls himself an “acoustic crooner.”
His path to a career in music was not straightforward. He had earned a degree in political science and had plans to enter law school. He was studying Chinese in China when a simple $30 guitar purchase changed his direction.
“When I came back from China, I had written a handful of songs and I was like, ‘Okay. This is, secretly, what I want to do. I’m not going to tell my parents, but really, something has gone off in me that I want to pursue,” Myles said in website biography.
He’s gone on to accumulate numerous awards and rave reviews and his music has been used in several television shows, including “Parenthood.”
He’s also become a successful collaborator, most recently with Latin Grammy award-winning artist Alex Cuba on “In 1-2-3-4,” the band So Far, and rapper-producer Classified.
Myles’ show will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Turlock Community Theatre. Single tickets for this event are $25, $15/students through high school. This is the first of five concerts this season. Season subscription also includes reciprocal tickets at eight affiliated associations in the region. The Turlock Concert Association will also sponsor a student outreach performance by Myles as part of its ongoing commitment to support arts education in the community.
For tickets, subscriptions, or further information, call Linda Posegate at 668-1456 or Eric Julien 667-5874, or visit www.turlockconcert.org.