Born in El Dorado, Arkansas and raised in Odessa, Texas, Dave Gibson grew up loving music and, in particular, songwriters. Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison were two Texans who most influenced his vocal stylings, and later Elvis Presley’s dynamic and commanding performances gave Gibson something more to strive for. He patched up a rickety Ford van and headed east to Nashville armed with raw talent, determination and an infectious personality.
Dave landed a publishing deal with The Oak Ridge Boy’s company, Silverline Music, and began co-writing with a who’s who of hit makers. The industry soon began to take notice of this fledgling writer and he started getting cuts by Steve Wariner, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Pam Tillis, and Montgomery Gentry. He earned six number ones, and Alabama’s “Juke Box in My Mind” stayed at number one for an impressive four weeks. Dave soon became a much sought after writer and writing partner in Nashville.
Despite his success and attention as a writer, Gibson’s first dream was to be a performer. That dream was finally realized when he teamed up with Blue Miller, guitar player for Bob Seger’s band, in 1990. The duo formed the Gibson-Miller Band. They scored multiple top ten hits as well as a Academy of Country Music Award for New Vocal Group or Duo in 1994. The band toured for four years, pushing the envelope with their rockin’ country cutting-edge shows. They even landed a song in the feature film, “The Cowboy Way” starring Keifer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, with their re-make of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. When the band broke up, Gibson began focusing again on his writing and developing new talent.
Gibson continues developing talent for his own label and publishing company, Savannah Music Group, which he founded in October, 2008 with Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Jeff Cohen.
“There are so many ways to bring music to the public and in so many outlets. I figure all I have in this life is character—once you lose it, your reputation, it’s hard to get back. I believe in this young generation of hard-working talent, and I want to work with them in a straight-forward way. My goal is to have my own label and to do the A&R and make it happen. I want to produce great records and publish great songs whether they’re mine or not.”
“I enjoy discovering and nurturing new talent with new technology,” says Gibson.