Cancer Survivor David Bailey To Perform at Alma College
David Bailey, 10 years out of college, was told he had a malignant brain tumor and would be dead in a few months.
So he left his corporate job and returned to his first love of songwriting and performing.
Ten years, 12 albums and 41 states later, Bailey and his music are alive and well, challenging his audiences to live passionately and to treasure the beauty of each new day.m
Bailey, a singer/songwriter dubbed “a prophet with a guitar,” performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Alma College. The concert will take place in Presbyterian Hall in the Remick Heritage Center. Admission is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.
“David Bailey comes with rave reviews for the concerts that he has given for young adults, but his music reaches everyone,” said Carol Gregg, campus chaplain at Alma College. “His encouraging lyrics always speak of hope, though they do not shy away from the challenges of life. As a cancer survivor, he genuinely sings ‘hope is waiting around the bend like a long lost friend.’ People of all ages will find his folk music inspirational.”
While his songs are reminiscent of folk legends like Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, he also points to the work of Kahlil Gibran and J.S. Bach as being influential in his writing. His music features strong melodies and intricate finger picking that serve to deliver keen, witty and insightful lyrics about time, Christian faith, hope, love and dreams.
“David Bailey's music tells stories, addresses injustice, acknowledges suffering and always points to faith, hope and love,” said Gregg. “He draws deeply from the Biblical story and the beauty of nature to draw his audience to a greater appreciation of the wonders of life.
“As a son of a well-known Presbyterian missionary, David and his story are known in Presbyterian circles, but people of all faiths and of uncertain faith will enjoy his concert,” she said.
Bailey spent his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. He started playing guitar in seventh grade, went on to study classical guitar then started writing his own songs. The Lebanese civil war forced him to complete his secondary education in Germany where he spent weekends as a street musician and also formed a small ensemble that toured throughout Central Europe.
In college, Bailey played extensively in an original acoustic duo, but then he put his guitar away and entered corporate America.
His story has been featured on CBS News/48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Fox/Health, Family Health channel, and National Public Radio. Articles about him have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.
Posted: Fri, September 1st, 2006 at 12:20PM