David Watkyns is a recording artist and songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa.
Performing alongside artists Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics), Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Jimmy Dludlu, and many more; with performances across South Africa, Europe and Asia, including Isle of Wight Festival (UK), St Paul’s Cathedral (UK), Oppikoppi (SA), Rocking the Daisies (SA).
Graduated Bachelors of Music from University of Cape Town in Jazz Studies, and winner of MELA Legends Award for “Contribution by youth to South African Music Industry”. His songwriting debut “Blue” was published worldwide by RedBull Records and won the songwriting competition held by Volvo Ocean Race, becoming the theme music for the 2015 season.
Currently working on solo debut singles/EP.
Influenced by musicians Chet Baker, Elton John, Chris Martin, and songwriters Andrew Wyatt, Gregg Alexander, Stephen Wrabel; David’s music is piano driven with classic instrumentation, big trumpet solos and lyrics of love and lust.
“…with the talents of a trumpeter/keyboardist like young David Watkyns – transforming the blistering hot room into an oasis of music…” (Evan Milton, Cape Argus)