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David Meece

Updated: Apr 29, 2023


David Meece (born May 26, 1952) is an American contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid-1980s, and into the early 2010s, with more than thirty Top 10 hits including several No. 1 songs.


Meece was raised in Humble, Texas, with an abusive and alcoholic father. Meece found solace in playing piano, and by his mid-teens he was touring in Europe and the United States. Meece went on to study music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he met his wife Debbie, who played viola. While attending Baltimore, Maryland's Peabody Institute, he experienced a religious conversion, and devoted his life to Jesus. Meece became a youth pastor, and began writing songs reflecting his Christian beliefs, adding classical influences with pop melodies.


Meece came to the attention of the Christian music label Myrrh Records, a division of Word Records and in 1976 they released his debut album, David. Meece would release ten albums between 1976 and 2002, becoming a major figure in the Christian music industry. Meece is perhaps best known for his song "We Are the Reason", which has been recorded by more than 200 other artists, and sung in several languages. Meece worked with Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Gino Vannelli in 1986 on two songs for his compilation album Chronology and 1987's Candle in the Rain.


Possibly due to his conservatory training, Meece uses pieces of classical piano works as intros or settings for many of his songs. For example, in the song "This Time" from the album Learning to Trust, the opening section of the song (as well as the bridge and ending tag) is from Frédéric Chopin's "Étude Op. 10, No. 12" in C minor. The introductory melody for "You Can Go," from the 1985 album 7, is taken from the "Two-Part Invention No. 13" in A minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, the song "Falling Down" from his album Count the Cost is based on a sonata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


In November 2012, Meece was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work by the Artists Music Guild.


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