The Sound Opinion recently caught up with David Dunn, a talented singer/songwriter based out of Texas. We are sure that you’ll be hearing more about this artist in the years to come.  In addition to writing songs and performing concerts, David serves as the director of contemporary worship at The Woodlands UMC.

TSO: How did you get started in music?

David: My family is drastically musical. As a matter of fact, I can’t recall ever having a Christmas/Thanksgiving/Easter holiday without a family round of tunes. I think it all stemmed from my grandfather who was a fiddle champion and always willing to grab a bow and sing at the top of his lungs “How Great Thou Art” or “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

I think the first time I decided that I wanted to start being more than a passive family participant in this whole music thing, was in the middle of a mission trip to Mexico I took when I was 15. There was a college kid named Tim who was our worship leader on this particular mission trip, and he was really good at what he did. Naturally, all of my female friends “swooned” over him during any spare time away from passing out tracts.  That’s when I decided that I was going to pick up singing and playing the guitar — so that I too, like Tim, could have females swoon over me…. In retrospect, it’s actually quite embarrassing to admit why I started playing music.

TSO: When did you feel led to pursue music full-time?

David: When I graduated from college, I really struggled with what I was going to do with myself. I’d been involved in the singer/songwriter circuit in Lubbock, TX and lead worship for a college ministry there. I had some interesting (scary/risky) prospects for doing music, and I’d also done a few internships in my studied field (petroleum engineering) and had a few job offers to consider. Instead of making a final decision, I took 13 months off and moved to Zambia, Africa to do micro-financing and mission work.

When I returned to the states, I made a decision to give music a try because it’s what I love. But I didn’t feel the hand of God pushing me in either direction.

TSO: What do you hope people take away from your album and from your concerts?

David: I hope people are challenged to think about life in a different way when they hear my new album or listen to me play live. I want to meet people in the middle of their struggles and hardships and say, “Yeah, I’m there too! Check out what’s happening in my life and what I’m struggling with in this journey towards Christ! Let’s toil together!”

TSO: What’s typically your inspiration for songwriting?

David: Conversations with friends and life experiences.

TSO: What’s your favorite part of what you do?

David: Connecting with audiences and hearing stories about the impact a specific song has made. It absolutely makes everything I do worthwhile when I hear a story about how a song has challenged someone in a way they have never been challenged before.

TSO: What do you feel like God has been teaching you lately?

David: Patience. I feel like I am always trying to force God to do things my way, and I always have to re-learn that He doesn’t work that way — and by “that way” I mean “my own way.”

TSO: What are your upcoming plans?

David: Lots of live shows and hopefully a few industry partnerships! Then who knows what else is in store! A new record in 2013?

TSO: Anything else you would like for people to know about?

Currently just wrapped up a 2 month long tour, just put out a new full-length record that’s out on Itunes called “For the Life of Me.” Check out facebook.com/daviddunnmusic, www.daviddunnmusic.com and @davidtdunn for details on live shows and upcoming events! God bless!

** Check out David Dunn’s music video for his single, “Ready to Be Myself”: