David Morris is an award-winning songwriter and journalist. His songs have been cut by such artists as Adkins & Loudermilk, the Kevin Prater Band, Circa Blue and Jim and Valerie Gabehart.

     2015 is turning out to be a strong year. In addition to multiple cuts, he co-wrote the winning entry in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest ("Something About a Train," with Mitch Matthews and Dawn Kenney) and songs that placed third ("Weeds Where the Flowers of Love Once Grew" with Chris Dockins) and honorable mention ("The Tenth Day of September" with John Miller) in the inaugural Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. This is the second straight year Dave and Chris have had a song selected for IBMA’s Songwriter Showcase. Four of Dave’s songs have been chosen for the showcase in the last three years.

     Dave has a music business certificate from the Berklee College of Music, completing courses in music licensing, music publishing and copyright law, and using the knowledge and contacts to launch Paddle Faster Publishing.

     He is a life member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and the DC Bluegrass Union and a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Washington Area Music Association and the Songwriters Association of Washington. He is affiliated with BMI.

     Dave is also a writer and reviewer for Bluegrass Today and is the deputy managing editor of the Kiplinger Business Forecasting Group in Washington D.C.

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