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david castle.net
david castle

david castle is not a newcomer to music or the record business. Growing up in the South, castle, the youngest son of a minister and a schoolteacher, was around music and began playing the piano at the age of three. His professional music career began with a move to Hollywood at age 21. With experiences ranging from touring with The Monkees to conducting the London Royal Philharmonic and appearing live in the U.K. on BBC's Top of the Pops to over 14 million viewers, castle has long been a well seasoned writer and performer.

Davey Jones of the Monkees with david castle
david with Davy Jones of The Monkees
taking a break during a rehearsal

During the 1970's, as a young staff songwriter for United Artists Music Publishing, castle's songs were recorded by Helen Reddy (for which he received a gold record), The Lettermen, Bobby Vinton, Marilyn McCoo, and many others. In 1977 castle released his debut album, "Castle in the Sky," as the launching artist on Parachute Records, a subsidiary label of Casablanca Records and Filmworks. In 1978, he placed a song in the Academy Award-winning film "Midnight Express" and was nominated for a Grammy for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special. His second album, "Love You Forever," was released in 1979.

In the 1980's castle diversified his skills, composing and orchestrating music for commercials, television, and film, and setting up a recording studio. As a songwriter, composer and arranger, he has scored music for a variety of shows including:

  • The ABC-TV Mini-Series, Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Vicki! Show
  • The Jenny Jones Show
  • The HBO Rodney Dangerfield special, Opening Night At Rodney's Place
  • The Hallmark Hall of Fame Special, Home Fires Burning
  • The Beats, a film by Chuck Workman, Calliope Films
  • Star Trek video episode, The City On The Edge Of Forever
  • Health Matters
  • The California National Guard spots entitled, California The Beautiful, and
    It Could Happen, an LAPD drunk-driving spot starring Teri Garr.

Castle In The Sky
Castle In The Sky
Love You Forever
Love You Forever
Voice In The Wind
Voice In The Wind

castle's third album, an independent project entitled "Voice In The Wind," was released in October 1994 and was picked up for national distribution by DeVorss & Company. It made its way on the New Age charts as reflected in the radio/retailer magazine, "New Age Voice" and continues to receive air play on New Age shows internationally.

His professional career in songwriting, composing and performing spans over 25 years. In addition to composing, castle served as Music Supervisor on the "Whoopi Goldberg Show," working closely with the Music Director of the show, Jerry Peters, one of the most sought-after jazz pianists/arrangers/producers today. david was also the Music Director on the rock group Kansas' video, "Can't Cry Anymore," arranging, scoring and performing various additional instrumentation as required by the concept of the video.

castle's unique scores for commercials have won prestigious awards including The Lulu Award of Excellence, The Buccaneer Award, The New York International Film Festival Bronze Award and The Clio Award. He scored the MCI "New World" spot with his own copyrighted arrangement and recording of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" which aired nationwide.

Over the past few years and right up to the present time, various david castle cues can be heard on episodes of E! Hollywood True Story (including the "Cheers" episode, Meg Ryan, Oprah Winfrey, Andy Garcia and Della Reese) and various other episodes of Celebrity Profile on E! Entertainment Channel.

One of david castle's recent songs, "For All That I Am (Choirs of Angels)," is featured on a new cd that was released in July 2001 by Tina Meeks. Visit a special section on www.davidcastle.net spotlighting Tina Meeks and her new cd! Tina is a featured singer on david's new album, "Music For Your Soul." She sings on the title cut and on "Double Done (My Baby Done Done Me Wrong)."

david continues to write, perform and record his memorable songs and composes various music cues for several music libraries based in Los Angeles. In addition, he has just finished recording and producing a new cd which was released in May of 2006...."Music For Your Soul."

Visit this site regularly for updates on this exciting new cd and for performance dates, appearances and interviews, soon to be announced!

david castle takes a bow
david takes a bow in concert (February 1978)
at U.C.L.A's Shoenberg Hall