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Dave Bradshaw Jr

Dave Bradshaw Jr

Dave Bradshaw Jr

If you were to choose to learn a new instrument that you’ve never played before, what instrument might that be?

Although I have a passion for keyboard type instruments, I would really love to learn how to play bass guitar. I personally feed off the bass part while performing and have much respect for players like the great late Wayman Tisdale and, of course, Mel Brown.

Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?

This is a difficult question to answer because there are a so many great artists. However, the few that stick out in my mind are Darren Rahn, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, and Wayman Tisdale.

What would you define as the most life-changing event so far in your musical career?

As strange as it may seem, the event that changed my life and musical career was the passing of my father, Bill Bradshaw. His passing affected me in many ways and forced me to ask myself, “What am I going to do with the time that is left?” I am living my answer by sharing my music with others, all in the name of Jesus.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?

What I find to be most challenging in recording a new album is deciding when to say, “Next!” Everyone around me, including my producer Darren Rahn,will tell me a track is done, but in my mind, I am thinking how can I make it better.

What in your life outside of your music drives you in a creative sense?

My creativity lately has been “life” itself. I have had to bury my Father, Godmother, 37-year-old brother-in-law, 44-year-old sister Merinda, and Grandmother in the past 5 years. My music has been elevated to a higher level because I believe God always makes a positive out of every negative.

At what point in your life did you make the decision to become a professional musician and actually record your own albums?

I began playing professionally at age 12, and so there was no doubt in my mind that music was my vocation in life. However, becoming a father on my 20th birthday forced me to find an occupation. Always dreaming of making music a full-time job, I resigned as Operations Manager of a cable contracting company to pursue a a career in music at age 30.

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