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David Paich of TOTO Speaks, "Africa" Gets Covered by Ida Elina & The Golden Sessions
David Paich of TOTO Speaks, "Africa" Gets Covered by Ida Elina & The Golden Sessions

David Paich is an Emmy and Grammy award-winning keyboardist, singer, composer, record producer, and arranger, from the band Toto. With Toto, Paich has released 17 albums and sold over 30 million records. Additionally, Paich has contributed to a host of artists with his songwriting and arrangements including working with Boz Scaggs extensively in the 1970s and Michael Jackson in the 1980s. He is the son of jazz composer, musician, and arranger Marty Paich. Paich wrote or co-wrote such tracks as "Hold the Line", "99", "Lowdown", "Lido Shuffle", "Georgy Porgy", "Rosanna", "Hydra", "Holyanna", "Pamela", "Got To Be Real", and "Lady Love Me (One More Time)". He also performed lead vocals on the Toto hits "Africa", "Lovers in the Night", and "Stranger in Town". He has co-writing credits with Boz Scaggs on the songs "What Can I Say", "Lowdown", and "Lido Shuffle" from the multi-platinum album Silk Degrees.

As songwriter he wrote or co-wrote songs for Cher, [The] Jacksons, Andy Williams, George Benson, Glen Campbell, Jon Anderson (Yes), and Chicago. As arranger he worked for Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, Doobie Brothers and many more. In the early and mid '80s, Paich often worked with well-known producers Quincy Jones and David Foster. Paich was instrumental on MJ’s Thriller. In 1989, Paich produced and arranged the Oscar-nominated song "The Girl Who Used to Be Me", written by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan Marilyn Bergman, for the film Shirley Valentine.

As a session musician Paich has played on Bryan Adams' "Please Forgive Me"; Michael Jackson songs "Earth Song", "The Girl Is Mine", "Heal the World", "Stranger in Moscow", and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" "We Are the World", as well as workAretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Doobie Brothers, Neil Diamond, Seals and Crofts, Steely Dan, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Cher, RandyNewman, Brothers Johnson Pink. David Paich also composed for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Paich was also involved with the 61stEmmy Awards as a music producer and keyboardist.

Enjoy a 2016 interview with David along with two beautiful takes on his classic song "Africa".

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