If you ever need proof that a “crazy brave” attitude will pay off, simply look at the life of Dave Pittman.
As the middle child of three, Dave sang his first solo at six years old, in church, and was instantly hooked. He has lived in the Gassville, Arkansas area most of his life and has always been musically inclined, including playing drums in both high school and at church.
Dave Diagnosed With Tourette Syndrome
What you may not know about this small town superstar is at the age of 9; Dave was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological disorder that is characterized by one or more body and vocal tics. Amazingly, his tics are not prevalent while he is singing. Along with the daily challenges of TS, he is also challenged with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
In 2008, Dave graduated from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA, with his Associates degree. Working in many different capacities, Dave said, "I don't fit in anywhere else except when I am up on the stage performing. It is simply what I do best. I want to be an inspiration to those who face challenges and disabilities ... or anybody, for that matter, and to let them know that no matter what the setback, to never give up on their dreams."
On a "whim" - American Idol
On a "whim," he decided to go to Dallas in June 2009 to pursue his dream and audition for American Idol, Season 9. Amazingly, while performing "Bring it on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke, his TS was not prevalent. His short rendition earned him the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood, and he was one of 24 out of 11,000 from the Dallas auditions to make it through.
Knowing Simon Cowell's harsh nature, Dave was happy to see that Simon was very encouraging. Neil Patrick Harris also recognized Dave's efforts and stated that he thought Dave was "crazy brave."
Move to Nashville
Dave moved to Nashville in April 2011, and has made numerous, valuable connections in the music industry; is writing many songs; is appearing throughout the US and Canada; and released his new CD, titled “Crazy Brave”, in November 2011. The genre for this new CD is an amazing blend of Soul, Country, and Pop. Dave launched 2012 AND 2013 with the magical experience of performing for over 300,000 people, on the main stage, at Walt Disney World’s Marathon Weekend and Goofy Challenge! He now travels across the country to perform his music and to share motivational words about how to live a “crazy brave” life and how to cope with the challenges of “bullying” to thousands of students. He launched the summer of 2012 with the exhilarating experience of performing the “National Anthem” at Yankees Stadium in New York City! Dave is launching 2013 with a series of “house concerts” across the country, in addition to his regularly scheduled concert gigs. This allows him to share his music in a more intimate setting to his fans, meet up with some old friends, and make many new friends along the way! Dave is definitely living out the most electrifying journey of his life!