David Beckingham Concert at First Canadian Place on May 15, 2017. Hear Hey Ocean!’s David Beckingham on love, loss, and everything in between.
Growing up in Kenya, happiness came easily to David Beckingham. With no electricity or phone line, his days passed simply with the strumming of his acoustic guitar, crafting songs that were both melodic and soulful beyond his years, yet catchy and pop-inspired.
Two decades later, Beckingham formed Hey Ocean! with Ashleigh Ball and David Vertesi, a Vancouver-based trio that would later go on to release three studio albums with Universal Music, tour North America extensively, and earn a Juno Award nomination in 2013. However, this was just the start of his own musical journey.
Finding himself on the other side of an addiction, a vocal cord injury, and the disintegration of an eight year long relationship, David deepened his relationship with songwriting – and the power of music to heal. His first solo album, Just When The Light, was self-released in 2016 after nearly six years in the making.
Dreamy, poetic, and at times haunting, Just When The Light is a balanced exploration of the highs and lows of life, moving fluidly between tales of love, gratitude, and personal unrest. Beckingham’s inspirations – Rufus Wainwright, Van Morrison, Ray LaMontagne – peek through, but it’s David’s own electric, earnest voice that makes this album truly shine.
“I heard someone say recently that when you go through something big you either grow or you grow a tumor. It’s a bit dark but I get that sentiment,” David explains. “We can push through and learn from challenges, or let them make us sick. Making a record was my push through.”