David McLeod’s rich and varied career spans over 30 years as a performer, singer/songwriter, band leader, session singer, backup singer and featured artist and actor. His recording career spans three albums and one EP covering jazz, blues, original songs and cast recordings.
As a teacher, David has been vocal coaching since 2002 and dedicates most of his time to the Australian Institute of Music (AIM)
David has also been a long-standing mentor to the CaSPA program and is working regularly with years 11 and 12 in group and one on one sessions.
Volunteering his time to the Blue Guitar Project Charity David delivers Performance Anxiety and Vocal Workshops for year 11 & 12 Students
For 12 years he taught Vocal Coaching at the Academy of Music & Performing Arts (AMPA). At AMPA he was involved in creating and running group workshops with the school’s Contemporary Music and Music Theatre Depts. David was also a member of the AMPA Academic Board of Studies 2010.
David speaks conversational Mandarin and sings a repertoire of Chinese material. 2018 David accepted the position of Honorary President of the DaLian JinPu New District Contemporary Music Association China.
M.Mus (AIM) – GDMus-GCMus (AIM) Dip Ed St (CoT, Lond); Cert Ed St Coes Theory (CoT, Lond); Cert Coes Practice (CoT, Lond); Cert IV Assessment and Workplace training; Estill voice workshops attendance level one and two; Buteyko Certified
Following the critical acclaim that met the release of his first album, Am I Blue (Polygram/La Brava), David released his second album, Blue Lounge Sessions (La Brava). Am I Blue was an album of original songs, whereas Blue Lounge Sessions was a cover album of blues standards and contemporary hits, like Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” treated lounge style.
Blue Lounge Sessions also being released in South-East Asia in 2003. The tracks “My Love Is” and “If You Live” are currently on the ABC’s national play list. David also featured on the Australian cast recording of GODSPELL.
After finishing Art School in 1978 David began singing and writing music full-time, and worked the piano bar circuit across Australia and halfway around the world.
By the mid-eighties David had moved away from the piano and was fronting bands as lead vocalist. Working steadily fronting his own bands such as “McLeod 9”, the “The David McLeod Band and” and “The David McLeod Quartet”, backed by some of Australia’s best jazz musicians and playing venues such as the Basement, Don Burrows’ Supper Club, Soup Plus, The Bacardi Club, ABC’s Livewire, and a variety of jazz festivals and corporate events.
As a soloist, David appeared regularly on TV, performing nationally on Good Morning Australia, Tonight Live with Steve Vizard, Hey, Hey it's Saturday, and over ten years as a regular guest on the Midday Show.
David’s voice has also been featured as a studio vocalist for radio and TV jingles and as a back up singer for artists such as Renee Geyer.
David’s acting credits include the lead role of “The American” in CHESS - The Musical followed by GODSPELL (for which he received a MO award nomination as best supporting actor in a musical), and Bard on Broadway for the Bell Shakespeare Company, plus the Australian classic Dimboola, in the role of Dangles, the best man.
His TV credits include roles in A Country Practice and a guest role on channel 7’s popular drama All Saints. More recently David played Detective Clifford in The Suspects for channel 7 and portrayed Mark Standen in an episode of 4 CORNERS 2011 and recently played Herman Rockerfeller in Behind Mansion Walls 2012.
2013/14 has seen David play roles in “Deadly Women” “Facing Evil” and Behind Mansion Walls for Beyond Productions as well as featured voice over work for the ABC’s 4 corners.
2013 David completed Recording an EP of original songs in Mandarin and English as well as a cover “The Moon the Heart the Journey” was released in 2013 available on iTunes and CD baby
2016 - Tracks from the EP “The Moon The Heart The Journey are being enjoyed by listeners of SBS Mandarin Radio
2017 - Plays the role of the Priest in the return season Sydney production of “Bare”
2017 - Releases the single and clip “Sydneysider”
2017 - Plays Wilfred “Fred” Johnson - Deadly Women series 11 “Samantha Bachynski Story”
2017 – 18 – Exhibition of art works (acrylic on canvas) “Marine Dream”ESD Gallery Darlinghurst Sydney.
2018 – Australia Day - East Side Radio 89.7 Drive with Gemma Purves. Interview , playing the single “Sydneysider’ and other back catalogue.
2018 – SBS Mandarin – Performing live to air, two songs from the EP “The Moon the Heart the Journey” and Interview for Chinese New Year
2018 - Blue Guitar Project Charity – Performance Anxiety and Vocal Workshops for year 11 & 12 Students
2018 – Fox Studios – Breath management, Speech and lip syncing. Working with Tilda Cobham - Hervy and director Unjoo Moon, coaching Tilda in the making of “I Am Woman” a movie of Helen Reddy’s Life.
2019 - Hurstville Civic Centre Sydney - Guest speaker, judge, and performer at the 2019 Sydney Piano Invitational and Chinese New Year Gala for the Australia China Youth Culture and Arts Festival.
”Swinging pop .…..veers between easy listening soul and ivory pop, slinky grooves and lounge music with a twist.” Peter Holmes Sydney Morning Herald.
“McLeod’s singing draws upon several admitted influences in the world of jazz, pop and R&B” Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz - London.
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