Dave Pittman is taking his experience from season 9 of American Idol, his music, and his story to impact children, teenagers, college students and adults by sharing the message that if they implement a “CRAZY BRAVE” attitude and believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything they set their mind to and live out their dreams.
Dave Pittman's music career began at age 6 after singing his first solo in his father's church in Arkansas. At the age of 9, Dave was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, as well as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). As a young boy, Dave was bullied, made fun of, and even physically beaten up by classmates because of his tics caused by Tourette Syndrome. One summer day, about 2 weeks before his 5th grade year, Dave went into his parents' bedroom, locked the door, and got his fathers gun out of the closet. Luckily, seconds before ending his life, Dave's parents returned home from running errands. Dave's parents decided to homeschool him for his 5th grade year. During that time, Dave and his family received counseling to help them deal with his diagnosis.
What is Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that is characterized by one or more motor and vocal tics. Motor tics are uncontrollable movements of the body (hands, arms, shoulders, etc), and vocal tics are audible sounds (grunting). Dave works directly with the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA-USA) and the Tourette Syndrome Foundation Of Canada (TSFC) to help increase awareness of the disorder and to motivate individuals with TS, and others with disabilities. As of today, there is no known cure for Tourette Syndrome. However, when he is singing, his condition goes away.
After graduating college from Liberty University, Dave decided to go to Dallas in June 2009 to pursue his dream of singing by auditioning for American Idol. Amazingly, while performing “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke, his Tourettes, once again, was not prevalent. His short rendition earned him the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood. He was one of 24 out of the 11,000 from the Texas auditions to make it through, ultimately, sending him to the Top-70 in Hollywood.
Post American Idol
In April 2011, after moving to Nashville, TN to further his career, Dave began making numerous, valuable connections within the music industry, including recording and releasing his debut album, titled “Crazy Brave." Dave has been touring, performing songs off his CD ever since. He continues to do various media tours, including TV appearances, Radio interviews, and school assemblies. From all the relationships he's been able to build and maintain, Dave has been blessed with many amazing opportunities, including performing on the main stage at Walt Disney World for over 300,000 people during their annual Marathon Weekend and Goofy Challenge, singing the National Anthem at Yankees Stadium in New York City, and was featured at SESAC's Hot Pop Summer Showcase at The High Watt Mercy Lounge in Nashville.
Dave's entire career has been filled with travels throughout the United States and Canada speaking with thousands of people about how to cope with the extreme challenges of “bullying”, performing his music, and promoting his CD. He impacts children, teenagers, college students and adults by sharing the message that if they implement a “crazy brave” attitude and believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything!