David started his musical journey at a young age. A native of Asheville, North Carolina (4th generation) he was exposed to the rich musical heritage of the mountains by way of his grandfather Ollan Payne. He picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began to play. His love for music was rekindled several years ago when he picked up an old guitar. He played one song for the love of his life and she would not let him put it down.