Northern California based singer/songwriter David Luning is part of a new generation of indie musicians whose genre blurs the lines of Americana/Alternative Country, Folk, and Blues. With insights beyond his years, David’s poignant songwriting and warm, rich timbre voice captivate audiences and draws them into an Americana world both familiar and new.
Luning’s debut album “Just Drop on By”, which he personally recorded, mixed and produced, has been called "a gritty, joyful, soulful piece of Americana", and "an album you'll want to revisit again and again". Johnny Bazzano from KRCB praises "Just Drop On By is the best Americana Music album I've heard in 2012”. David also acted, produced and directed the music video “Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright.
While studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Todd Snider, and The Band. “Something just clicked. It was like a slow bolt of lightning that struck my soul. It was honest. The kind of music that spoke of real life, heartaches and loss, but also of heartwarming humor and foot stomping sing-alongs. It was simple and it was real. …Like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country – it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice.” That’s when David decided to relocate back to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist.
In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am”, which appeared on American Idol’s January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying, “you have staunch originality, no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy.”