DAVID GURLAND is one of the most sought after ‘out’ vocalists in New York City. For his nightclub and cabaret performances, David has won the Manhattan Association of Cabaret’s HANSON AWARD, as well as being nominated an additional 7 times.David Gurland headshot He has won 4 Back Stage BISTRO AWARDS, more than any other New York Based Male Vocalist.
In 1999, David finally released his long awaited first CD. Self titled and produced with musical director/producer Jonathan Smith(“Jersey Boys” “Swing”), it contains many of the songs from his acclaimed live performances. Recorded with a 7-piece band, it was engineered by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds recording studio in Western Massachusetts. The album features an eclectic mix of songs by songwriters such as Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Billy Joel, Sting, and Burt Bacharach to name a few, presenting fresh new takes on both classic and contemporary hits. In 2000, it was nominated for a coveted GLAMA award - the "gay" Grammy.
Critics have continually raved about his performances. The Daily News writes, “David Gurland soars with a tenor that’s sweeter than honey… he sings with a passion, personality and a puckish sense of humor that’s all his own.” The Village Voice reviewed David's live performance saying "When David Gurland sings Sting’s ‘Every Breath You Take’, he insinuates it as a stalker’s compulsive boast. It’s threatening, frightening, almost menacing. It’s a risky comment on the undercurrents of violence in everyday encounters. The singer who likes to give the audience a little jolt, who gets his or her kick out of throwing the patrons slightly off guard, even if only momentarily, is one for whom I move to the edge of my seat to jot down enthusiastic notes. And that Gurland is working on something few others are, ‘cabaret-rock fusion,’ Gurland makes excitement.”
GAY.com sites David's performances as “lively, raw, exuberant and touching.” Backstage says “sheer beauty.” HX says Gurland’s voice “throbs with the passion of a young Billy Joel.”
David Hurst in Next Magazine, also recently reviewed one of David’s performances - “Looking relaxed and sounding fantastic, Gurland's edgy tenor voice lends itself perfectly to the pop-rock idiom.”
David has performed for sold out crowds at such first class New York venues as BB KINGS, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room, The Living Room, Downtime, CB’s Gallery, The Metropolitan Room, Eighty–Eights, The Duplex , Don’t Tell Mama, and The Triad, as well as The Gardenia in LA, Twiggs in San Diego, Martini Beach in Cape May, Tim Mcloones Supper club in Asbury Park, and The Manor in West Orange NJ. David was also on the roster of distinguished artists to be included in Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert series, for two seasons in a row.
David and ‘whiz-kid’ arranger/musical director Michael Holland collaborated on NEUROTICA - an evening of the music of Madonna, which played to sold out houses during the spring and fall of 2005 and summer of 2006. In 2007 David completed a six month run at the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café. Entitled DGUR in Concert - 2007. He created an entirely new concept for solo vocalists in the New York Club scene. Each month he presented a completely different evening of music - different musical directors with different accompanying musicians and guest stars. From show tunes to country music, 1970’s music to 1990’s music and even a ‘Gurland does Garland’ evening.
Since the fall of 2008, while still pursuing his solo career, he has been a member of the 4 man vocal group UPTOWN EXPRESS www.uptownexpressnyc.org. On June 23rd, 2010 the group released their album entitled “Take You There.”