David Myles
David Myles - Night & Day
Region: Nova Scotia
Genre: Americana, Folk, Pop, Roots, Singer-Songwriter

Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression

The role of the song and dance man is a noble calling. But restricting himself to only a couple creative pursuits would just not be enough for David Myles. Sure, the Maritime music maker’s song and dance mastery keeps getting more and more impressive—2017’s award-winning, vintage rock ‘n’ roll hip-swiveler Real Love and the spectacular, lush Francophone pop of 2018’s Le grand départ stand testament to that—but Myles is compelled to sally forth toward new challenges and accomplishments. This past year he released Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, a children’s book based on his beloved modern holiday classic, and dove back into the world of public radio, broadcasting his smooth baritone over Alberta’s CKUA airwaves on his new show Myles From Home. Not to mention he does it all while adhering to an unrelenting tour schedule that has seen him and comrades Kyle Cunjak (bass) and Alan Jeffries (guitar) grace stages ‘round the world.

One could argue that this astounding rate of production was in the cards for Myles all along. The New Brunswick-born songwriter grew up in Fredericton surrounded by musicians. It was through family that he was exposed to classical music and musical theatre—which might explain why he’s such a natural on stage, under the bright lights—and thanks to them that he found himself working through the intricacies of trumpet with Canada’s Royal Conservatory. Eventually, he found himself grooving and crooning to the classic sounds of legends like Elvis, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. But it wasn’t until he found himself studying Chinese in Hangzhou, China, writing songs on a $30 plywood guitar, that he realized he had to make a radical change in direction. Instead of heading to law school, he decided on a life dedicated to music, and symbolized his devotion to the craft by promising his father, Jim Myles, that he’d wear a suit and tie every single day he went to work. The elder Myles, a former science teacher who directed musicals, and passed away in 2017, left an indelible mark on his son, informing the heavy, poetic spirit of Le grand départ. And David continues to don well-tailored suits on every stage he sets foot on.

His work ethic, too, has paid dividends. Since making that promise, David has gone on to release a dozen records in just over a decade, building a catalogue that spans numerous genres, has spawned countless musical friendships, and helped soundtrack the lives of music fans all over the globe. Real Love’s retro rock and country and Le grand départ’s adventurous chansons are just the most recent sonic territory he’s explored. You can find unabashed, bouncy pop on Here Now; delicate, romantic folk tunes and old-school rhythm and blues on So Far; and classic crooning and swingin’ arrangements on In The Nighttime. He’s dusted off the sleigh bells and put his vibrant stamp on yuletide classics—as well as penning a few new original ones—for It’s Christmas, which continues to delight December audiences every year. And he’s partly responsible, along with fellow east coaster Classified, for Canada’s best-selling rap single of all-time, the deliriously catchy, JUNO Award-winning “Inner Ninja.” If there’s a musician on earth who can keep up this wild pace and keep growing as an artist, it’s the incomparable David Myles. One need only get themselves down to the theatre or auditorium or club that he’s headlining in their town—singing his big heart out, dancing his slick shoes ragged, and relishing every moment of it—to confirm that. There’s no other kinda life for this song and dance (and radio and writing and everything else) man. “I don’t care if it kills me,” Myles sings on fan favourite “When It Comes My Turn,” over a life-affirming swell of pedal steel. “I’m gonna do what it takes to keep some warmth in my heart and a smile on my face.”


Awards and Achievements 

2018

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Recording of the Year – Real Love

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year – Real Love

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Solo Recording of the Year – Real Love

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year

ECMA Solo Recording of the Year Nominee

ECMA Songwriter of the Year Nominee

ECMA Entertainer of the Year Nominee

2017

ECMA Award Winner Video of the Year – Classified ft. David Myles - "Work Away"

ECMA Award Nomination Song of the Year – “It Don’t Matter” Prod. Classified

2016

International Acoustic Music Awards Winner Folk/Americana/Roots Category – “Need A Break”

International Acoustic Music Awards Nomination Country/Bluegrass Category – “Need A Break”

International Acoustic Music Awards Nomination Best Male Artist – “I Will Love You”

ECMA Award Nomination Video of the Year - "Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo"

ECMA Award Nomination Fan's Choice Video of the Year - "Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo"

2015

USA Songwriting Competition Finalist - "Do It All Again" (Performed by Dylan Guthro, co-written by Myles, Guthro, Luke Boyd)

Music/Musique NB Award Winner Expat of the Year

Nova Scotia Music Award Nomination Music Video of the Year - "Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo"

Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition Honourable Mention Winner - "I Wouldn't Dance"

ECMA Award Nomination Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year

CAPACOA Award Winner Touring Artist of the Year - 2013 - 2014 season

2014
International Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention Folk/Singer-Songwriter category - "I Wouldn't Dance"

JUNO Award Nomination Single of the Year - “Inner Ninja”

Indie Music Award Winner Collaboration of the Year - "Inner Ninja"

Indie Music Award Nomination Single of the Year - "Inner Ninja"

Indie Music Award Nomination Best-Selling Independent Release of the Year - "Inner Ninja"

Canadian Radio Music Award Nomination SOCAN Song of the Year - "Inner Ninja"

Canadian Radio Music Award Nomination Best New Group or Solo Artist: Hot AC - "Inner Ninja"

ECMA Award Nomination Solo Recording of the Year - In the Nighttime

ECMA Award Nomination Album of the Year - In the Nighttime

ECMA Award Nomination Songwriter of the Year - “So Blind”

ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year - In the Nighttime

ECMA Award Nomination Song of the Year - “Inner Ninja”

ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year - “Inner Ninja”

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination - Entertainer of the Year

Great American Song Contest Finalist - “I Wouldn't Dance”

2013
Best Selling Rap single in Canadian history – “Inner Ninja”

JUNO Award Winner Rap Recording of the Year – “Inner Ninja”

MMVA Award Winner MuchFact Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”

MMVA Award Winner Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”

SOCAN No. 1 Award – “Inner Ninja”

ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year – Into The Sun"

ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Long Dark Night”

British Columbia Touring Council Award Nomination 2013 Artist/Artistic Company of the Year

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Male Artist Recording of the Year – In the Nighttime

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Digital Artist of the Year

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – “Inner Ninja”

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Music Video of the Year – “Inner Ninja”

Music New Brunswick Award Nomination Expat Artist of the Year

CBC Radio 2 Top 100 Songs of 2013 - “Maureen” (#74) and "So Blind" (#12)

2012
SOCAN Award Winner Folk/Roots Music

ECMA Award Winner Songwriter of the Year

ECMA Award Winner Song of the Year – “Simple Pleasures”

ECMA Award Nomination Folk Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton

ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

ECMA Award Nomination Fan’s Choice Video of the Year – “Simple Pleasures”

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist Recording of the Year – Into The Sun

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Recording of the Year – Into The Sun

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year

International Songwriting Competition Adult Contemporary Semi-finalist – “Love Again”

TV placement for “Simple Pleasures”, “Run” and “Ooh La La” on Packed to the Rafters, Australia’s highest rated drama series.

2011
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Best Contemporary Singer

ECMA Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off

ECMA Award Winner Group Single of the Year – “Need A Break”

ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year

ECMA Award Nomination Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off

ECMA Award Nomination Male Solo Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Live at The Carleton

Music New Brunswick Award Winner Expat Artist of the Year

2010
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Solo Artist of the Year

ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Male Artist of the Year

Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – Turn Time Off

Music New Brunswick Award Nomination Expat Artist of the Year

2009
Great American Song Contest First Place Winner Contemporary Acoustic/Folk Category - “When It Comes My Turn”

ECMA Award Winner Folk Recording of the Year – On The Line

ECMA Award Nomination Male Solo Recording of the Year – On The Line

ECMA Award Nomination Entertainer of the Year

Mount Allison University Alumni Early Achievement Award Winner