Dave Bambina, a blind British singer-songwriter, has made a name for himself in Hollywood with his infectious falsetto and heartfelt songs, but his latest project has also inspired him to write a new book.
In it, he’s sharing stories about his journey from an all-girl singing group to the stars of the Disney movie “Star Wars.”
The book, titled “Bautista: The Journey to Singing,” will be released next month, and Bambino has partnered with an imprint of Penguin Random House to publish it.
Here’s what you need to know about the book, his journey and his thoughts on being a star.
What’s your musical background?
Bambinas family name is Bambini, which is French for “little brother,” and his parents are brothers of a British opera singer.
He was raised in London’s Hyde Park, but was moved to the UK when he was 10 years old.
He’s also a former student of the renowned violinist Michael Lomax.
His mother was a professional violinist who worked in Hollywood, but he was never able to go to a concert or concert experience because of her health issues.
In his 20s, he began writing in a band and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and later made his Broadway debut in 2004.
He is one of the longest-tenured British stars, having starred in movies such as “Downton Abbey” and “The Ides of March,” as well as his own stage musical, “Bambi and the Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
What do you do for a living?
He works for a private company that makes audio books and DVDs, and he also writes lyrics for movies such the “The Adventures of Tintin,” “The Lion King,” “Dumb and Dumber” and the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
He is currently a member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and has worked with the American Society of Film Critics and Writers.
He lives in Nashville with his wife and three children.
How did you get involved with this project?
I started singing with the Royal Opera in 2009 and then went on to do a full year of acting in Nashville.
After I made the switch to singing, I went on tour with the RSO, and then came back to Nashville to work on the musicals “The Magic of the Sun,” “Harmony” and others.
Then, I came back home to sing with the Broadway production of “The Midsummers,” and then did a few years of voice work.
When I finally got my own show, I had to do voice work with an old friend of mine, Dave Bancroft, who is a big fan of mine.
He taught me how to use a microphone, and I have learned a lot since then.
What kind of talent do you have?
Bancros voice is so incredibly strong and clear, and it really helps you in your role as a performer.
I can sing all sorts of notes, and the vocal cords are so strong.
I also sing in the key of C, which helps me blend into the rest of the cast and keep the focus on the songs.
I sing in two key: D major and G minor.
When people sing in C major, the note sounds like a G, which makes it very difficult to pick out and sing correctly.
With that in mind, I try to stay away from C major and C minor, and try to sing more in the B major key.
In terms of technique, I also do a lot of harmonies.
I like to play a tonal range, with a lot more of the C major range and a little bit of the G major range, which gives me a lot to do with harmonies, which help me in my role as an actor.
Do you have a favorite musical?
Bautistas favorite musical is “Dancing in the Dark.”
I think it’s one of my favorite things to sing.
I think that’s probably one of only two or three songs I sing every day.
Who inspired you to write the book?
My mom is an opera singer and I’ve always loved opera.
My first experience singing with an orchestra was when I was five years old, so that’s what really pushed me into singing.
I’ve also always wanted to sing music and play music, so I think I gravitated towards the music I grew up on.
I guess I have a lot in common with other blind singers.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I have always been a big Disney fan, and one of those movies that has always fascinated me is “The Princess and the Frog,” which is a musical based on a classic Disney