b. David Simmons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
David went to the same high school as Bunny Sigler, and first sang with local friends in a group The Exzels.
He gained his first studio experience when the group recorded a single 'Hit Talk' with producer Bobby Martin.
In 1975 he formed a group Neo Experience and recorded two singles, 'Human' and 'Eternal Sunshine'.
The group included Vera Brown (who later joined The Richie Family) and Venson Unto (later the lead singer of Executive Suite).
In 1978 David signed as a solo artist to the WMOT / Fantasy label for a debut album 'Hear Me Out', including 'Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone'.
hear me out - 1978 / the world belongs to me - 1979
The following year 'The World Belongs To Me' included the US r & b hit 'Holdin' Back' and a Butch Ingram penned / produced ballad 'Hooked On You'.
The track 'All I Wanna Do (Is Make A Little Love To You)' was also popular on Robbie Vincent's Radio London Soul Show.
In 1981 David worked with Sister Sledge on a duet with Kathy Sledge 'All The Man I Need', and toured with the group that year.
Through a recording date with Damaris he met producers George Guess and Eugene Curry with whom he recorded 'Love Tonight'.
The song was initially issued on the Pearl Harbor label in Philadelphia before its major release on Atlantic in 1984.
David's voice is very similar to that of Teddy Pendergrass, which has done him few favours over the years.
While Teddy has been incredibly successful, David has been seen as a carbon copy rather than a fine singer in his own right.
To this date, David still sings in his local church in Philadelphia.
smother me - 2015 / love tonight - 2015
In 2015, two new albums were released, entitled 'Love Tonight' and 'Smother Me'.
Hear Me Out (Fantasy Records 1978)
The World Belongs to Me (Fantasy Records 1979)
I've Been Here Before (Essential Media Group 2003)
Love Tonight (Society Hill/BMG Records 2015)
Smother Me (Society Hill/BMG Records 2015)