Big things have been in the works for Rotterdam's David J for some time now, and the young country star is primed and ready for a breakout hometown performance later this month.

The pop/country singer from Rotterdam had been on music fan's radar in the Capital Region - and beyond -  for years while he independently released music and played shows in the area.

David J
David J

Major Record Deal for Schalmont Grad

Back on June 2nd, it was announced that David was signed to Sony Music Nashville, and Runner Music, industry giant Ryan Tedder.

Tedder, the lead singer of the band One Republic, has worked as a songwriter and producer for various artists since the mid-2000s.

His credentials are a who's who among industry giants; U2, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5,  One Direction, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney, and now, David J.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
Ryan Tedder  Photo: Larry Busacca

But despite having industry giant Ryan Tedder in his corner, David remains cautiously optimistic about the song the two wrote together, which he said could be out in the Fall.

When asked if it could be the breakthrough he's been searching for, the Schalmont grad told us, "It definitely could...he (Tedder) had an idea, and it was just so good I didn't even ask for another song...we just went with that."

According to Music Row, Tedder had only praise for his newly-signed talent saying, “David is a true unicorn talent and I’m thrilled that Runner can partner with Sony to help bring his music to the world."

Sony Music Nashville is home to artists such as Luke Combs, Brooks and Dunn, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Corey Kent, Kane Brown, Faith Hill, and more

According to Music Row, David J has earned 75 million career on-demand streams with releases “Lost My Heartbreak,” “Before You” and “Stay,” which appear on his 2022 EP Lost My Heartbreak.

David J is Coming Back!

2021 CMT Music Awards - Show
Niko Moon

Throughout the years, David J has opened up for artists like Blake Shelton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Chase Rice, and Hardy and has upcoming dates with Lauren Alaina.

But it's his show later this month that has David, as well as Capital Region fans excited.

David J, along with national country recording artist Niko Moon, will be at Empire Live in Albany on Saturday night September 16th.  For tickets and show information, click here.



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