With multi-platinum recordings, Broadway shows, Disney animated films, television scores and a teaching and lecturing career that spans the nation, David Friedman is truly someone who has made a major mark. From “We Can Be Kind” to “Listen to My Heart”, “Help is on the Way”, “We Live on Borrowed Time”, “Trust The Wind”, and “I’ll Be Here With You”, David has written songs of inspiration, love and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times.
After s pending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, including Grease, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the Conductor and Vocal Arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David’s writing music and lyrics for Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and a 13 year stint as Music Supervisor and Vocal Arranger of Broadway’s Beauty & The Beast.
David’s songs have been sung and recorded by luminaries such as Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Allison Krauss, Petula Clark, Laura Branigan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jason Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Laurie Beechman, Lainie Kazan, Leslie Uggams, and many others. David is a regular guest on the Today Show on NBC, writing a new song each month based on stories submitted by viewers, for the “Everyone Has a Story” series.
David has written hundreds of songs with Kathie Lee Gifford, and they have co-written and co-produced 2 Children’s CD’s, One of which has just become a children’s musical called Party Animals, produced at the Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts. David also co-wrote the score to the Broadway-bound musical “Saving Aimee” with Kathie Lee and David Pomeranz. David’s songs have been used to raise money for charitable organizations ranging from Duke Children’s Hospital to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Birmingham’s Summerfest School for the Performing Arts. His song “Help Is On The Way” has been the theme song of the Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition for the past 15 years.
About We Can Be Kind: Healing Our World One Kindness at a Time:
We Can Be Kind offers a course in compassion, with affirmations and meditations to make our lives better one act of kindness at a time.
Recent years have shown us what it’s like to live in a less caring world. We need to start applying the Golden Rule again, as meaningful connections are increasingly elusive.
David Friedman, creator of the hit song “We Can Be Kind,” offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers— as well as strangers, neighbors, and those across the political aisle.
Through story, meditation, and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated. This guide to building compassion and empathy, from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, Daily Show regular, and Unity Church spiritual leader, shows us how. View it on Amazon!