MANILA, Philippines - Ambrosia’s David Pack is scheduled to perform in Manila on January 31, 8pm, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
He will be joined by special guests, rising jazz singer-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day (marking his Asian debut) and the LA All-Star Band consisting of Michael Paulo, Eric Valentine, Fred Schreuders, and Nate Phillips.
The Grammy-winning Pack is a co-founder, songwriter, and (as guitarist and singer) frontman of the progressive pop-rock group Ambrosia. The band made a string of hits in the 1970s and '80s - among them, "Biggest Part of Me," "You're the Only Woman," "That Girl Is Gone," and "Keep This Love Alive."
Here's David Pack with Ambrosia performing the gold record-winning 'Biggest Part of Me':
Pack has further secured his niche as one of the leading producers in the US music industry. The roster of artists he's produced shows his versatile touch in various genres of music.
Among these artists are the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, country-pop singers Leann Rimes, Faith HIll, and Garth Brooks, jazz artists Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, and David Benoit, and pop-jazz singer-songwriters Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, and Amy Grant, among others.
Pack has also written and scored for film and television, including Taylor Hackford's romantic thriller "White Nights" (wherein Pack wrote and sang "Prove Me Wrong," as a dance sequence for the film's stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines); the rom-com "Arthur" wherein he co-wrote "Poor Rich Boy" with Burt Bacharach and performed with Ambrosia; and Roseanne Barr's NBC talk show "Roseanne," where he served as music director.
He was the music director at Bill Clinton's two presidential inaugurations.
Here's David Pack in a recent performance of 'Holdin' on to Yesterday,' one of his classic hits with Ambrosia:
Pack's other notable collaborations include projects with Bernie Taupin, Alan Parsons, and his mentors Quincy Jones and Leonard Bernstein. The legendary composer-conductor was a featured artist in Pack's 1988 AIDS benefit "Children Will Learn" at Carnegie Hall.
Another meaningful project for Pack that also references Bernstein is the all-star-tribute gold record, "The Songs of West Side Story," which reinterprets one of Bernstein's most famous works (in the case of this musical, in collaboration with Stephen Sondheim).
In one interview, Pack spoke fondly of Bernstein and Quincy Jones, both of whom are noted for their category-defying versatility - in Jones' case, as composer-conductor of big-band jazz and as the producer of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" and "Thriller." This eclectic artistry has greatly influenced Pack's music.
“They were larger-than-life figures who taught me that all great things start with a song," said Pack. "For a songwriter, a great song is like discovering a secret code that you can share with the world.”
Pack has also recorded for the disinguished jazz label Concord Records, another facet that affirms his own musical diversity.
Here's David with renowned musicians Doyle Dykes and Jeff Porcaro, performing 'Tell Her Goodbye' from his Concord album, 'The Secret of Moving On':