Dave Pittman’s music career began at age 6 after singing his first solo in church. 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 TS. 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. Thankfully, 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 tics subside.
In 2008, Dave graduated from Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA, with his degree in religion. Working in many different capacities, Dave said, “I feel that I fit in best when I am up on stage. It is simply what I do best. I want to be an encouragement to those who face disabilities, challenges, and setbacks.” In June 2009, Dave decided to go to Dallas 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. 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.” Dave 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. Shortly after, he recorded and released his debut album, “Crazy Brave”, blending the sound of Soul, Country and Pop. Dave toured that album for three years, doing various media tours for TV and radio, school assemblies, and churches along the way. 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 career and ministry have been filled with travels throughout the United States and Canada sharing his music and speaking with thousands of people on character building, and it’s positive effects on everyday challenges in life. After time on the road, it was time for a break. In June of 2014, Dave performed his last concert of the Crazy Brave tour in Des Moines, Iowa. Today, Dave is back in the studio working on his Sophomore album, titled, Different Kind Of Love. This album will be faith-based, reflecting Dave’s heart for the church and for those who don’t know Christ.
In November 2013, he asked longtime girlfriend and best friend, Chelsea Mattick, to be his bride. They married on September 19th, 2014, in their hometown of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and now live together in Nashville.