David Goodrich

Washington, DC-born singer/songwriter/producer Dave Goodrich performs extensively as a solo artist as he continues to write, record, and produce music. As a solo artist, he has released two full-length albums, eleven singles, and two EPs; this includes his latest single Calculating Bar Bee Doll, which is currently available in video format online and which will drop to major digital music platforms on December 2, 2023. Other recent releases include the single Escape with Me—released on November 2, 2022—and the EP Sophomore Summer—a collaborative effort with singer/songwriter Sydney Wynn released on July 20, 2023—in which he served as a co-writer, producer, engineer, and instrumentalist.

A handful of the intelligently-crafted songs penned by Goodrich have woven their waves into more than 100 television shows—including shows hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart—and have been licensed by companies such as Red Bull Media House. In addition to extensive placement on TV shows aired on six continents, Dave’s recordings have received radio airplay on commercial, college, and internet stations.

As a solo, Dave has performed in hundreds of venues such as Washington, DC’s cool-edged 9:30 Club and the Manhattan landmark The Back Fence in Greenwich Village. Along the way, he has shared bills with many other gifted artists, including Jewel and Howie Day, and he has also performed some of his songs on television and as part of The No Rules Show, a theatrical talk show.

Dave Goodrich’s rock-based repertoire includes flavors of soul, Americana, blues, and other popular genres, and his musical style sometimes reflects the indelible Latin influences from his days as a jungle- and volcano-exploring high school student in Mexico City. His rhythmic, percussive embellishments on the guitar reveal his history as a professional drummer.

Playing the drums dominated Goodrich’s early musical endeavors, and his mother’s pots and pans served as his first “drumset.” Besides the drums, he began studying piano with his mother at the age of four and wrote his first “melodies” for her to play for him. He also played the trumpet for awhile and started learning the guitar at around age twelve. Later, as a college student performing extensively in the San Francisco Bay area in such venues as the Berkeley Square, The Chi-Chi Club, and Mabuhay Gardens, he provided drum and vocal support to several different bands which covered the spectrum from alternative to country. Original recordings he produced were heavily aired on college stations throughout the Bay area.

From 1985 to 1990, Dave Goodrich played in some of Washington, DC’s top clubs—including The 9:30 Club, The Roxy, DC Space, and The Bayou—as part of the alternative pop trio Mind’s i, for which he was a percussionist, singer, writer, and producer. The Mind’s i album, A House Defiled—which was released on the BBTB label in 1988—was nominated for a Washington Area Music Award (WAMMIE) in the Best Debut Album category.  His music career transition from behind the drumset to the front of the stage occurred following his departure from Mind’s i and a subsequent short-lived break from musical performance.

Although his current music performances are all solo acoustic events, Goodrich has fronted several groups, including The Dave Goodrich 3D Trio, various inceptions of the jazz-tinged duo/group The Blue Fire Project, and the soul-infused rock quartet Dave Goodrich & the Soul Retrievers (which evolved from his previous group, Dave Goodrich and His Band).

A San Francisco State University music alumnus, Dave served as a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The GRAMMYS) as well as member of their Producers & Engineers Wing for ten years. He also hosts the podcast 15 Minutes with Dave Goodrich, which has listeners in 26 countries, and he just released the new podcast Ask Dave How to Music, which he also hosts. When he’s not on stage or in the studio creating sound waves, Dave can usually be found out in nature, looking for inspiration for a new song.


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