Audiences have responded to David's quest, making him a superstar in his homeland of Israel (where one in three families own at least one David Broza recording). Broza has become a multi-cultural troubadour whose music transcends all national and artistic boundaries. With 19 albums to his name, many of which became gold, platinum and multi-platinum, his popularity achieved new heights with the enormous success of his quadruple platinum album "Ha Isha Sh' Iti" ("The Woman By My Side.") Critics -moved by Broza's keen talent for breathing musical life into sensual snippets of poetry, and his dark, sultry good looks -- have been quick to describe him as everything from a "post-modern Leonard Cohen" to "the Mel Gibson of rock and roll".
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For more than two decades
Singer/songwriter David Broza has haunted bookstores and libraries, searching for material that evokes images not just for our time - but for all time. The perfect song. "One for the Ages".
And while certainly honored by the comparisons...David Broza strives to be something more, forging his own unique place on the world music scene. His American debut album, "Away From Home", was praised by the New York Times as "one of the best pop albums of 1989". "Time of Trains", his second American release, gained him recognition as one of the premier artists in the world. His latest American releases, "Second Street" and "Stone Doors" featured his best American work yet. To accommodate fans who couldn't find his earlier albums in stores, a "best of" collection - aptly titled DAVID BROZA - was released last year.
For the past several years, Broza has made a mission of studying the work of American writers, "always reading with a melody in my head". Yet it's the worldliness in Broza's songs that sets them apart from many others in the genre.
The son of an Israeli/British businessman and a folk-singer, he was born in Haifa, Israel (where his grandfather founded an Arab-Israeli settlement), and was raised and educated in England and Spain. Drafted into a three year term in the Israeli military, then stationed away from his family and friends, he began playing guitar in cafes to earn extra money. He recorded a tape to promote his live shows, and "Somehow , one of the songs became a #1 hit in Israel," he explains.
At 21, David was a star, and by 27 he was being mobbed in the streets as his recordings went triple platinum. At the height of that popularity, Broza was signed by famed record exec Bruce Lundvall and brought to the United States. The move paid off as Broza has gone on to build legions of devoted fans through a tireless touring schedule that featured sensational, heart-pounding performances. An intense performer in the vein of Bruce Springsteen, Broza's inspired delivery and searing guitar pyrotechnics have consistently left both the audiences and the critics reeling.
But it was his 1995 performance opening for Sting that truly marked his arrival on the world stage. So impressed with Broza's artistry, Sting invited David to join him on stage during his own set. The resultant performance is still spoken of in legendary terms.
Broza is a captivating, compelling performer whose mastery of the guitar is evident in the fiery flourishes which add depth and emotion to songs already brimming with poetic imagery. His unique style, a cross-cultural blend sung in the poetic rhythms of three languages, makes him an artist whose music truly knows no borders.
To hear his music is to be moved. To see him perform it is to be mesmerized. David Broza is an artist whose records and concerts transcend fashion, reaching that plateau of artistry that defies time and place, making it clear that in his quest for the perfect song, he himself has become "One for the Ages".
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