David Graff is a singer/songwriter who began his professional music career as a drummer, recording and touring with numerous Vancouver bands at an early age. Soon his desire to take control of his musical fortunes led him to songwriting, and he spent the next stage of his career writing and recording in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He recorded an album in 1987 with Grammy winning producer Greg Ladanyi. He placed a number of songs in film and television and received a Genie Nomination in 1992 for best song in a Canadian movie. He recorded an EP in 1998 entitled “Some Of What I Know” that had a limited release and some success, playing numerous shows and a handful of industry showcases.
By the turn of the century, feeling burned out on the music business, he moved to Bowen Island and turned his creative energies to making art. He quickly acquired representation in a number of galleries in Canada and the U.S. His work is in private and corporate collections around the world and can be seen in movies, television and publications.
During his self-imposed hiatus, he continued to write songs, despite having no plans to share them publicly. But his creative and musical roots run deep, and 2012, he began performing again, and in 2016 started work on an album of new songs. Co-produced by daughter Julia Graff and James Perrella and featuring a number of Vancouver’s top touring and studio musicians, the album “Supposed To Fly” took shape. From the anthemic title track to the rollicking barroom vibe of “Home” and “Can’t Trust That Woman After Dark”, it is an album that is quintessentially Americana. Released October, 2018.
“Indeed, it is his singing, full of character and experience – a distinctive storyteller’s voice, that is the most notable aspect of this new release. His vocal style is gritty and emotional, with a good range and an ear for a catchy, sometimes unexpected melody.” ~Americana UK (Andrew Frolish)