It's Happening!

Things are looking up for David J, the up-and-coming country star from Rotterdam, NY who now makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

The latest announcement from David J came on his Instagram page Friday, proudly telling his fans that he received a songwriting credit on the latest release from "former" country star Maren Morris.

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David J performs at the latest GNA Secret Star in November


"very grateful to have written the new @diplo x @marenmorris song “42” with the bro’s @ryantedder and @ttspry y’all go check it out 🙏❤️" -  David J, Instagram


The new song called "42"  also features Grammy Award-winning  DJ and songwriter Diplo, and was released on Friday.  Maren Morris, Ryan Tedder, and three others share songwriting credits with the former Schalmont High School graduate.

Maren Morris: Humble Quest Tour 2022 - Nashville, TN
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It's not a country record, but who cares?

It has the potential to be a pop smash and only showcases the versatility and wide range of the super-talented  David J, who only turned 20 back in October.

Here's the latest IG post from David J, and you can check out Morris' new song below!





Back in June, it was announced that David had signed a major record deal, working alongside a giant in the music industry, Ryan Tedder.   Tedder, the lead singer of the band One Republic, has worked as a songwriter and producer for various artists since the mid-2000s.

His credentials are a who's who among industry giants; U2, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Jonas Brothers, Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5,  One Direction, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney, and now, David J.

True 'Unicorn Talent'

According to Music Row, Tedder had only praise for his newly-signed talent saying, “David is a true unicorn talent and I’m thrilled that Runner can partner with Sony to help bring his music to the world."

While we wait for his work alongside Ryan Tedder, David J's latest track “Last Time,” is available everywhere now.

Sony Music Nashville is home to artists such as Luke Combs, Brooks and Dunn, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Corey Kent, Kane Brown, Faith Hill, and more

According to Music Row, David J has earned 75 million career on-demand streams with releases “Lost My Heartbreak,” “Before You” and “Stay,” which appear on his 2022 EP Lost My Heartbreak.

Throughout the years, David J has opened up for artists like Blake Shelton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Chase Rice, and Hardy and recently performed at the GNA Secret Star Show at Proctor's in Schenectady alongside Lauren Alaina and Mitchel Tenpenny. 



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