Newly signed singer-songwriter and Reprise recording artist David Hodges is set to embark on a national promotional tour with Chris Daughtry beginning August 2nd in Orlando. David is teaming up with Daughtry, one of his many song-writing partners, to play a series of intimate live shows in major cities. He will be performing songs from his new “The Rising” EP, including the single “Hard to Believe.” The EP will be released August 11th.
As one-third of Evanescence, Hodges co-wrote such hits as “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal” from the band’s debut Fallen, which has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. He also won two Grammy Awards — for “Best New Artist” and “Best Hard Rock Performance” — in 2004 for his work with the band. After leaving Evanescence in 2002, Hodges went on to write and produce mega-hits for other artists including Kelly Clarkson (“Because of You”), Daughtry (“What About Now”), and David Archuleta (“Crush”).
Hodges is the first artist signed to Reprise by multi-platinum songwriter and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who is a Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros. Records. The pair originally met as songwriters, penning a number of tunes together in 2007. DioGuardi called Hodges shortly after hearing some new songs Hodges had been writing.
“She said, ‘You should be the one singing these songs,’” Hodges recalls. “I definitely have scars from other artist projects that haven't turned out the way I had hoped, but there's something that keeps drawing me back to being an artist and not just a writer.”
Hodges desire to communicate and connect permeates the songs that make up his forthcoming debut album for Reprise, which he co-wrote with a number of collaborators and co-produced in his home studio and L.A.’s famed NRG studio. Nowhere is that spirit more evident than on “Hard to Believe.”
“The song doesn’t say that there’s light at the end of the tunnel or that there's a guarantee it’s going to get better, it’s just that you don't have to walk through this alone,” Hodges says.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sun Aug 2 H.O.B. Orlando, FL
Tue Aug 4 Showcase Live Boston, MA
Fri Aug 7 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
Sat Aug 8 Vic Theater Chicago, IL
Sun Aug 9 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Tue Aug 11 Cannery Nashville, TN
Wed Aug 12 Minglewood Memphis, TN
Fri Aug 14 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Sun Aug 16 Gothic Theater Denver, CO
Tue Aug 18 The Marquee Phoenix, AZ.
Wed Aug 19 Fonda Theater Hollywood, CA
Thur Aug 20 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Sat Aug 22 Pure Las Vegas, NV
To coincide with the tour, “The Rising EP” will be available for sale at shows, while the digital version will become available beginning August 11th via iTunes and all participating digital retailers.
Track-listing for the EP is as follows:
“When It All Goes Away”
“Hard To Believe”
“Another Red Light”
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