Pharaoh's Dream, mystical, mysterious.... "Created as an expression for evocative music that soothes the soul, calms the spirit," says David Nathan, who initially began recording under this banner in 2006 with the album Wistful Elegance, which he produced in Los Angeles with award-winning music man Preston Glass, with tracks featuring special guests such as Kenny Lattimore, Will Downing, Lynne Fiddmont and on the now-rare CD release, liner notes by Roberta Flack. In more recent years, Pharaoh's Dream recordings have included FEELING GOOD - A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO NINA SIMONE reflecting David's early years as the founder of the music legend's first UK appreciation society. The smooth jazz/quiet storm-flavoured original composition "Midnight Angel" (based on a 1978 poem that David rediscovered in a long forgotten file of poems and song lyrics) was produced in London by Amar Naik of Zed Soul as was the 2021 track "Follow" featuring the hypnotic flute stylings of renowned award-winning musician Najee... The name 'Pharaoh's Dream' is a reflection of David Nathan's deep interest in the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, with such historical figures as Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen, an interest inspired by a conversation on a 1975 flight with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame... Pharaoh's Dream, ancient yet timeless...
David Nathan's smokey mocha-flavoured vocal style evokes memories of a bygone era, of intimate dimly-lit '40s and '50s jazz clubs and yet has the kind of timeless quality associated with the likes of Nina Simone, his primary personal and musical mentor. Born in London, David has loved music for as long as he can remember, Dionne Warwick, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin as a teenager.
Known initially for his work behind the scenes as a soul music journalist, author and historian, David began recording in 2003 in Los Angeles, his home for 24 years with direct encouragement of such illustrious artists as Roberta Flack and Bonnie Raitt, His 2003 CD debut, “Reinvention” includes a number of pop and jazz classics such as The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Billie Holiday’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and a Brazilian-styled version of “Cry Me A River” (featuring The Sweet Inspirations).
The 2007 follow-up, “Wistful Elegance” includes a poignant version of “Wild Is The Wind” and a diversity of tunes written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Thom Bell & Linda Creed and Rod Temperton among others; and features special guests Najee, Kenny Lattimore and Will Downing, with Roberta Flack penning the liner notes for the CD.
Returning to London in 2009, David began working in 2010 on his first CD "I Used To Rule The World..." (inspired by the Coldplay hit "Viva La Vida"), out now on i-Tunes and Amazon, with David's readings of "Sitting In The Park" (the 1964 soul classic, reinvented with a ska-beat), The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," Elton John's "Your Song" and more, all given David's soulful vocal stamp.
David's aim is to appeal to the generation that love the music of Sade, Norah Jones, Mose Allison and of course, Nina Simone. He has created an exciting and soulful jazz/blues show that includes his own recent recordings as well as a personal musical salute to Nina Simone that includes his sharing some of his memories of spending time with this amazing artist.
David's latest work reveals his musical dexterity: an EP of four original compositions recorded with Indian violinist/composer/producer Aritra B consists of cinematically vivid soundscapes that have drawn comparisons with some of David Bowie's music and praise from music icon Chaka Khan who considers the track, '(Echoes Of) Shambhala' as 'one of the most beautiful recordings I've ever heard.'