He graduated from Blue Springs South High School in 2001.
He was also an avid baseball player (pitcher) during high school and once gave up a home run to Albert Pujols in an American Legion Baseball game. He earned a theater scholarship to the University of Central Missouri, but he abandoned theater after two semesters, graduating from the school in 2006 with a degree in graphic design.
He performed Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" for his audition.
His second major album This Loud Morning was released on June 28, 2011.
Beginning 1996, David was often involved in a number of musical productions such as Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story and The Music Man as well as an independent music project that he called Axium.
Together with his school pal, Bobby Kerr who took the role of a drummer, David formed a band that eventually received moderate success locally.
who rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008.
Prior to Idol he released an independent album entitled Analog Heart.