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David McAlmont
(1966 - living) U.K.

David McAlmont

Pop singer, songwriter

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First and foremost Out Black Gay personality in Britain, who has been out since his career began in 1990. Born in London, he grew up in Guyana and began singing at his Pentecostal church in the West Indies at the age 13. He has a 3-1/2-octave vocal range.

He began his career in the music industry in the duo "Thieves" with Saul Freeman. Their hit was Unworthy, but they split up before their planned debut album in 1994, and the album was released under the name McAlmont. He began a solo career which included supporting Morrissey.

He had a brief period of collaboration with the guitarist Bernard Butler, starting in 1994. They were an unusual combination in the pop world and they did not do much to promote themselves in the usual ways. However in 1995 they fell out and had an acrimonious split.

The producer David Arnold worked with him on the "camp" version of Diamonds Are Forever. David McAlmont sang it on television dressed like Shirley Bassey. They went on to work together on David McAlmont's first solo album A Little Communication which came out in 1998. He co-wrote the song Surrender sung by k.d.lang on the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack

In 2001 Bernard Butler had found himself writing songs that suggested the voice of David McAlmont so he eventually called him and they got back together to create the album Bring It Back (2002). This time they were more conventional in their approach to the music business and took part in interviews and planned a series of public performances. He is a positive role model to young black gays and lesbians in Britain.

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Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

His works include:

  • McAlmont (solo album, 1994)
  • Yes (with Bernard Butler, 1995)
  • The Sound of... (1996, McAlmont & Butler)
  • A Little Communication (1998, solo album)
  • Easy (September 2000)
  • Be (October 2000)
  • Falling (July 2002, single with Bernard Butler)
  • Bring It Back (August 2002, album with Bernard Butler)
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