Dave Pickell

Graduating from U.B.C. as a classical pianist in 1976, Dave has been working extensively in the international pop music recording industry since 1980, first as a session keyboard player, then as a producer, writer, and arranger. Dave has written music for corporate presentations by Mutual of New York, Mitsubishi, Jim Pattison, Concord Pacific, Uniglobe Travel, General Paint, Telus, and others. He scored the Microsoft AGM in 1997, and performed for the event on site in Orlando, Florida. He has written and arranged commercials for a long list of clients which includes Mattel, McDonalds, General Motors, Silverwing Holidays ("I Need A Vacation"), the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, Tabasco, and Health and Welfare Canada, and has recently composed scores for The Learning Channel and Life Network. Dave's the creator of the theme and all the incidental music in the HGTV series "Love it or Lose it", and the theme music for the series "UberGuide". "Bulging Brides", "Last 10 Pounds Boot Camp", and "Makeover Wish" have also featured his themes and scoring. His songs have been performed on record by the West End Girls, Boulevard, Shari Ulrich , Nancy Martinez, Carole Medina, VIP , Sanne Salomonsen , Little Wolf (with Jim Wilson), Michael Burgess, TULKU, Lara Fabian , Anne Murray , Aaron Neville, Amy Sky , Dan Hill , Jacky Cheung , Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, Angel Chan, Mink, Sun, Sammi Cheng and Robbie Robertson , among others. A Dave Pickell song is used in Oliver Stone's movie "Any Given Sunday" (starring Al Pacino) and in "Flight of the Unicorn" (starring Beau Bridges). Many of his titles have been released internationally, both in English and in translation. Many of his copyrights are administered by Warner-Chappell Music, others by Nettwerk Music Publishing. His two co-writes with Vougeot garnered, among other awards, the overall grand prize in the Great American Song Contest in both 2003 and 2005. He also had a #1 hit (Billboard Hits of the World) in August 2000 with "Only Love" (sung by Jackie Cheung).