From "We Can Be Kind" to "Listen to My Heart" to "Help is on the Way," "We Live on Borrowed Time," and "I'll Be Here With You," David Friedman has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these troubled times.
After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, David went to Hollywood where he was the conductor and vocal arranger on such Disney classics as "Beauty & The Beast," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." This led to David's writing music and lyrics for Disney's "Aladdin and the King of Thieves" and to scoring three animated television series and the film "Trick".
As a record producer, David started his own company, MIDDER Music Records, and wrote for and and produced all of the late, great Nancy LaMott's CD's. David has collaborated with Kathie Lee Gifford on three albums, "Born For You," "Goodnight Angel" and "Party Animals" and they are soon to release a new album of contemporary songs that David and Kathie Lee have written together. David's songs have also been sung and recorded by luminaries such as Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Petula Clark, Laura Branigan, Jason Alexander, Laurie Beechman, Lainie Kazan, Leslie Uggams and many others.
His Christmas Oratorio "King Island Christmas," written with Deborah Brevoort, has had over 30 productions around the world, and his musical "Nicolette & Aucassin," written with Peter Kellogg, is slated for Broadway next season. Another new Musical, "Desperate Measures," also written with Peter Kellogg, will open in Dallas in March. David's multi-platinum selling song "Open Your Eyes To Love" was featured on the soundtrack of "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" and he has written the opening song for Disney's sequel to Bambi, due out in 2005.
Having just released his Songbook, containing 63 of his best known songs, David will soon begin work on a solo CD and as many as 10 new posthumous Nancy LaMott CD's. Recently David completed an Off-Broadway run of his revue, entitled "Listen To My Heart-The Songs of David Friedman," featuring David and 5 of Broadways finest singers performing 27 of his songs. The Cast CD containing a live performance of the entire show has just been released. Look for companies of "Listen To My Heart" around the country this year, as well as David's songs "You're There" and "We Live On Borrowed Time" which will be featured on Barry Manilow's Live Concert CD due in stores in April.