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                               — The Secret of Movin' On —
One of music's most distinctive voices, David Pack has won acclaim worldwide for both
his insightful solo work and as the charismatic lead vocalist-and guitarist-for the
celebrated progressive pop-rock group Ambrosia. As a songwriter, Pack's compositions
took the band to the top of the charts repeatedly, and have delivered hits for a diverse
group of artists. As a record producer, he's worked with many of the biggest names in
music, his collective works selling over 30 million units. Pack's imprint producing and
music directing truly major events includes the masterminding of President Clinton's two
star-studded inaugural galas.

On The Secret Of Movin' On, his long-awaited new solo album and debut disc for
Concord/Peak Records, David Pack's ongoing evolution from his phenomenal stint as
Ambrosia's frontman into the compelling artist he is today is revealed in a way that's both
powerful and intimate. His creative journey paralleled by one of intense personal
exploration, Pack's latest music-as suggested by the album title-is soulful and authentic,
driven by his deep commitment to a spiritual path and the earned wisdom of major life-
changing experiences. "I was walking through an emotional hurricane when the
opportunity came to make this CD," he explains. "As a result, it's one of my most
personal, and most revealing, to date."

As ever, Pack's stellar song craft shines through as well. In speaking about his mentors
and friends Quincy Jones and the late Leonard Bernstein, David said recently, "They
were larger-than-life figures who taught me that all great things start with a song. For a
songwriter, a great song is like discovering a secret code that you can share with the
world." This mysterious alchemy of artistic translation that Pack refers to works magic
throughout The Secret Of Movin' On.

Highlights include four exciting new vocal collaborations with friends and guest artists,
among them the moving ballad "A Brand New Start," featuring the soulful counterpoint
of former Journey frontman Steve Perry, who also co-wrote and co-produced the track.
"It's one of the handful of songs Steve and I wrote just after 9/11," recalls Pack, adding,
"We just needed to express ourselves."

Other harmonic partnerships are the gently seductive title track, the Latin-flavored "The
Secret Of Movin' On (Travelin' Light)," graced with Heart's Ann Wilson, and the folksy,
"front porch-flavored" "Tell Her Goodbye," featuring Pack in tandem with Dewey
Bunnell of America. The upbeat yet bittersweet "Where We Started From" features a duet
with the unmistakable, soaring voice of The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmidt. These and
other tracks also feature the instrumental prowess of several of modern jazz's top talents,
including David Benoit, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Russ Freeman, and Eric

On bringing some of his oldest friends to his newest venture, Pack commented, "Their
voices remind us of how we felt at a certain time by triggering something emotionally,
but it isn't just about nostalgia – it's about connections."

Also meaningfully connecting Pack's present to his rich past are transcendent reworks of
two of his most famous compositions, "Biggest Part Of Me" and "You're The Only
Woman (You & I)." Both massive Ambrosia hits, these classics sparkle with new life as
Pack reinterprets them with a spirited and jazzy contemporary flair. Pack closes the
album with songs honoring his daughters, the wistful and lovely "Think Of You (Song 4
Kaitlyn)" and "Elizabeth," featuring Beth Pack, a special needs child, ending the track
with a heartfelt, "Hey dad."

Another personal touch making The Secret Of Movin' On extra special to David is the
extraordinary album art, featuring the paintings of famed lyricist Bernie Taupin, also a
highly respected visual artist. Their friendship dates back to 1992, when Taupin invited
Pack to be music director/conductor for AIDS Project LA's Commitment To Life VI, a
benefit concert featuring Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole,
Wynonna, and others that raised over $4 million.

David Pack first rose to stardom when Ambrosia's debut hit, 1975's "Holdin' On To
Yesterday," captured the pop culture consciousness, followed by the blockbuster 1978 #3
Billboard single "How Much I Feel." Before Ambrosia disbanded in '82, Pack penned
them two more signature smashes (and 3 million plus BMI airplay award winners) – both
reincarnated on his new album – "Biggest Part Of Me" and "You're The Only Woman."
The band's legacy was honored in 2001 with Warner Bros.' Anthology, a "best of"
compilation also featuring three new tracks.

Pack's debut solo album was the 1986 Warner Bros. release Anywhere You Go, executive
produced by Lenny Waronker, with the stand-outs "I Just Can't Let Go" and "Prove Me
Wrong," the latter also featured in the Taylor Hackford (Ray)-directed motion picture
White Nights. 2004's Unborn, introducing a dozen diverse songs written over the years
but never before recorded, is Pack's only other solo disc prior to The Secret Of Movin'

The years in between have been filled with a much-lauded career as a visionary producer,
which began in 1983 when Quincy Jones connected David with Patti Austin for multiple
projects. Two decades-plus later, his production credits include work with artists Kenny
Loggins, Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald, Phil Collins, Selena, Wynonna, CeCe
Winans, Natalie Cole, Chick Corea, James Ingram, Patti Labelle, and Trisha Yearwood,
among many others. Notable highlights also include the GRAMMY®-winning Best
Contemporary Gospel Albums Handel's Messiah – A Soulful Celebration ('95) and
Tribute: The Songs Of Andre Crouch ('96).

The most personally meaningful to Pack of all his many projects as a producer is 1996's
RIAA Gold CD The Songs Of West Side Story (with Phil Collins's Top 5 hit
"Somewhere"), an all-star tribute to music legend Leonard Bernstein, who was also
godfather to Pack's eldest daughter. Most recently, Pack produced the multi-artist Time-
Life CD Committed 2 Rock, featuring an enviable line-up of top modern rock and
contemporary Christian acts – including Dave Matthews, Creed, Moby, and Nickelback –
performing positive-skewed songs. The project was the first one conceived by Mpowered
Ideas, the independent media company Pack co-founded in 2001.

As David Pack returns to recording for the first time in many years, he says, "I've had the
great blessing to do so many wonderful projects with stars from classical, jazz, rock, pop,
and gospel music, yet I feel like I'm only just hitting my own stride artistically. It feels
like exactly the right time to be recording again, to bring all these things together. The
Secret Of Movin' On is really about 'traveling light' in life, letting go of the internal
baggage we carry around, which only comes through forgiveness, and through love. That
is the road to true inner peace, and for me, it's a beautiful place to be right now."

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