David Wayne Mathias was born on August 7th, 1974 in Silvis, Illinois. He was raised in a small rural town called Cleveland, Illinois. He possesses an Associates degree in Electronics and is presently employed at Williams White and Company in Moline, Illinois as a electrical enginer. He resides in Geneseo, Illinois with his wife and two children.
David developed a passionate interest in guitar when he was 12 years old. While growing up, he still recalls country songs playing on the radio throughout the house. He has been performing and writing country music since the early 90's.
In the late 90's, a vocal contest would start his career in the right direction. After finishing first place he was directed to a local recording studio. The engineer showed interest in David's writing abilities and offered to produce his debut album "Anywhere", which was released in October of 2001.
While USA Network was announcing the birth of "Nashville Star", a friend insisted that David should audition for the show. After making numerous trips to cities such as Chicago and St. Louis, he was noted as a final qualifier in both cities. Choosing to represent The Bull Radio in the St. Louis area, he was off to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the regional competition. David finished in the top 48 out of over 8,000 entries.
In the year of 2003, the band "Dave Mathias and The Outlaws" took southeast Iowa by storm. Within the first nine months, they would perform such venues as Ragbrai, Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Sweet Corn Festival, and many others. Even though the bands fan base was building, David was forced to make the decision to follow his dream to record in Nashville when he received the offer of a lifetime from a Nashville senior songwriter in early 2004.
After a seven month wait, the album "I Found A New Love" was released on August 14th, 2004. The release was produced by J. Gary Smith, John "Pap" McCollum, and David Wayne Mathias. The ten song compilation bears two songs co-written by David which include, "You Complete Me" and "Garden of Stone".
The attention of this Nashville produced album resulted in the signing of a management contract with Nelson Larkin and John "Pap" McCollum and also a producer agreement with Nelson Larkin. Nelson Larkin owns and operates Sunbird Records in Nashville, Tennessee and has produced such artists as Toby Keith, Neal McCoy, and Earl Thomas Conley. John "Pap" McCollum has been a songwriter for EMI Publishing as well as Zomba Music Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee for 11 years. He has had cuts released by major artists such as John Michael Montgomery and Toby Keith. The new David Wayne Mathias release that will be produced by Nelson Larkin will be primarily used to pitch to major labels.
Please make sure you check out David's website at: www.davidwaynemathias.com . Sign his guestbook, view pictures, and sign up for the fan club.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Love's A 50/50 Proposition
2. You Complete Me
3. Heaven Sent Me You
4. Hurt A Little
5. I Just Want To Be Me
6. Second Chances
7. Atlanta Upside Down
8. Do You Don't Or Do You Do
9. I Found A New Love
10. Garden Of Stone