David Franklin was born and raised in New Jersey. In the fifth grade he discovered drums, and in sixth grade he picked up guitar and started writing songs. By the time he got to the eleventh grade he had added piano and voice. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Pennsylvania State University. Today he is an independent artist, affiliated with BMI, balancing his music career with his practice as a licensed psychotherapist in Northern California.
David has spent more than 45 years exploring musical genres and experimenting in sound, evolving as a musician though rock, folk-pop, avant-garde and ultimately to New Age and instrumental music. Currently, his music is featured worldwide on SiriusXM Spa, digital radio, and all streaming sites. His last two albums made the Top 10 on the ZMR Charts.
David believes that music is one of humanity’s most powerful tools for healing. “The world is really loud right now, and I’m not trying to compete with the noise. I’m creating music for self-connection and healing in these uncertain times.”
His newest album, his 10th, is, “Passings,” which is a collection of 15 new instrumental songs, written and recorded during the pandemic. It reflects a number of endings – passings – which have occurred in his life and within our society, such as his children leaving home, the death of both his parents, and changes related to the “new-normal” of our current world.
The album varies in tempo and styles, and is likened to the music of guitarists, Will Ackerman and Michael Hedges, as well as pianists Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnolds. Fretless bass master Michael Manring is featured on 9 songs, and David’s son, Alex Franklin (aka Owl Licks) is featured on two of them.
David’s discography includes: David Franklin (self-titled, 1988), The Global Walk (1990), OurChildren’s Only Home (1990), Patterns Yet Unknown (1992), Strangers & Angels (1998), Shadowlands (2005), Traditional Xmas Melodies (2010), Playing With Shadows (2015), Songs of Potential Embrace (2017), and now Passings (2022).
In his therapy practice, David works with individuals and families, facilitates men’s groups, and presents workshops to schools and community organizations. He has written articles for publications, trained future therapists, taught graduate classes in counseling, and guest-lectured at UC Berkeley.
Visit https://www.davidfranklin.com/ for more music and information.