Green Pond has a hopeful rising star.
David Givens, a singer-songwriter hailing from Green Pond, will debute his EP on March 20.
An EP is an extended play record, and a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP.
As a pastor’s son, Givens began his music career at the age of two, singing in choirs, praise teams and working audio visuals for church. Then at 14, he began writing songs.
His career really began to take off in 2015. “I recorded 20 songs in 10 hours and ended up throwing it all away. The quality was poor,” said Givens. “It just wasn’t the right time.”
At present, Givens has a single available called “Addiction,” which has tunes inspired by his Trinidad Tobago ancestry roots. He mixes pop, rhythm and blues, and electronic dance music.
The song’s lyrics relate to trying to move on after heartache from a breakup or loss of a loved one. The story line involves a young man attempting to overcome the rejection of a lover and the addictive memories following the separation.
The song is based on Givens’ own life, as he had difficulties conquering the overwhelming memories associated with the death of his sister.
“Before I begin working on my music, I take time to pray, meditate and clear my mind so that I can be at my best. I try to expel any negativity,” said Givens.
Originally, Legion — and later Mahoganee and Andre Amiger of Responsible Artistry Inc. in Beaufort — produced Given’s album “Electric Kingdom.” Part one is called “Innocence and Fallen,” the first of a series of what Givens calls episodes or stories. An exclusive song will come out with his new EP which will also feature a remix of one of his older songs with a major artist singing along with Givens.
Inspired by Prince’s creativity, Dawn Richard’s shape-shifting, Celine Dion’s vocals, Shirley Caesar’s gospel sound and Janet Jackson’s pop and hip-hop, Givens developed his own style by mixing all the genres together to form his own.
He has plans for a podcast called “The Earth According to David” where he hopes to feature a section called Indie Power, allowing singers and songwriters to perform for viewers who vote on their favorite acts. “I want to support fellow artists,” said Givens. “Artists need to work together and help each other out. The music scene is scarce except in Charleston, and black artists are divided. I want to change that and give artists a platform,” he said.
Givens has come a long way from small town Green Pond. But he has never forgotten his roots and memories associated with the Lowcountry. His music is a blend of old and new with traces of every genre of music that has impacted his life.
“I am constantly working to perfect my craft,” said Givens. “I have a lot of plans for the future, and I never want to forget that ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’.” Philippians 4:13.