David Bryan : biography
David Bryan Rashbaum (born February 7, 1962), known as David Bryan, is the keyboard player of the classic rock band, Bon Jovi. He is also the writer of the successful Broadway musical Memphis.
Bryan is very active in VH-1’s Save the Music program, as well as Only Make Believe. He also wrote the anthem for Only Make Believe, "Rockin’ All Over the World", with Dena Hammerstein. He is an honorary Board member for , a non-profit organization that brings interactive theatre to chronically ill and disabled children in hospitals and care facilities. He is also a board member of Damon Marks’ Traveling Guitar Foundation.*
The band has built several homes for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The video for the hit song, "Who Says You Can’t Go Home" is a documentary of the making of these homes. The band also gave Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network one million dollars. With this, she created Bon Jovi Boulevard in Louisiana. Bon Jovi was welcomed back, one year later, to see Bon Jovi Boulevard, and to unveil it to its future residents.
Bryan married his high school sweetheart April McLean on August 25, 1990, but they divorced in 2004. They have three children: twins Gabrielle Luna and Colton Moon (born March 10, 1994), and Tyger Lily (born April 29, 2000). Gabrielle (Gabby) and Colton recently had Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, respectively. Jon Bon Jovi and Michael Strahan were there to help celebrate the B’nai Mitzvah. David married Lexi Quaas on August 7, 2010 in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
In the late 1990s, prior to Bon Jovi coming together to record Crush, Bryan nearly severed his finger in a home accident involving a circular saw. After a year of rehabilitation and therapy, Bryan regained motion in his finger and went back to playing the keyboard. In 1991, before he helped Bon Jovi guitarist and friend Richie Sambora in his solo album Stranger In This Town and record a soundtrack in the horror movie "The Netherworld", Bryan was suffering from a South American parasite, caught during a tour with the band. Bryan was hospitalized. He described the pain as " It ate out my stomach lining, my intestines, and attacked my nerve endings. It was in my bloodstream; I was poisoned. I was 145 pounds, and I was really ill in the hospital for two weeks… then bedridden at home, for a month". He recovered and, in 1992, he and the band did "Keep The Faith" showing that the band is still together since "New Jersey".
Bryan was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and raised in Edison, New Jersey. His father, Eddie Rashbaum, played the trumpet. Bryan was raised Jewish.http://www.forward.com/articles/126673/ He attended elementary school at Clara Barton, where he played many instruments including violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet. Also attended Herbert Hoover Middle School, then J. P. Stevens High School, from which he graduated. Bryan began to learn piano at age seven, and played keyboards for a band called Transition with bass player Steve Sileo. He studied with Emery Hack, a professor at Juilliard, for thirteen years. Bryan was accepted into Rutgers University, but dropped out to attend Juilliard, a school devoted to the performing arts in New York City.
With Bon Jovi
Bryan was the first to receive a call when Jon Bon Jovi learned that he had received a recording contract, and agreed to join the band. He shortened his full name to his first and middle names. At the time Bryan was attending Rutgers University and was studying Pre-Med with a 4.0 GPA. Bryan has played keyboards and sung on all of Bon Jovi’s albums, as well as the solo projects of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Bryan co-wrote the songs "Breakout" and "Love Lies" on Bon Jovi’s self-titled first album.
- On a Full Moon (1995)http://www.bsospirit.com/comentarios/lunareclipse.php
- Lunar Eclipse (2000)http://www.davidbryan.com/disc.asp#