Dave Tough - News & Clients
Two songs I wrote and produced “Because of You” and “Sweet Remedy” received prominent features in the movie "Return of the Prodigal Son" Tocata Films, LLC
I won a GMA Covenant Award (Dove Award) for my production, mixing and engineering on the song “Rise Again”. The composition features aboriginal artist Treneta Bowden and was written by Sean Spicer and Bowden.
I was featured in Recording Excellence’s “15 Outstanding Professors Every Audio Enthusiast Should Know.”
New interviews with Jason Lehning and Dann Huff on the lastest episodes of the Producers Room with Dave Tough https://youtu.be/WjZakPum24M
My songs "I Want a Story", "5th of July" and "Looks Like Rain" will be in the movie Breaking Legs directed by Mark Marchillo and starring Chris Kattan.
My song "Lets Ride" (Dilugi, Moore, Tough) was featured on the Discovery channel's "Expedition Unknown" Episode 204 "Hunting Vampires".
The Mike Hernadez Band cut my song "If It Don’t Twang" (Dilugi, Tough).
Great time at Columbia Studio A recording the CUMC Choir. Thanks to Scott Gerow, Anne Burnette Hook, Brady Spencer, Jon Calvin, Alex Loft, Keller Medlin, and Anthony Scott for making this happen!
"Lets Get Crazy" (Folenbee, Garner, Tough) was be featured on the new TV show "Blood and Oil " on the ABC Network, Pilot Episode.
"Lets Get Together " (Busch, Tough) was featured on the TV show "Odd Mom Out " on the Bravo Network, Episode 103.
New episodes of our show "The Producers Room with Dave Tough" are now live. Check them out here and subscribe to our youtube channel for future videos!
I mixed and mastered the complete orchestral score (composed by Nate Strasser) for the animated short The Healing Tree directed by Francis E. Chang. Inspired by Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," a sick child befriends a magical tree that nurtures her over the years of her life. Look for the release soon!
I wrote and produced/mixed a portion of the score for the film This Old Machine, directed by Brad Garris. Look for the release soon!
"Lets Get Crazy" (Folenbee, Garner, Tough) was featured on the TV show "Stalker" on the CBS Network, Episode 119.
Jamie Campbell and The Redneck Romeos released my song Nothing Sweet About Alabama (Dilugi, Stern, Tough) on their new self-titled CD.
Nothing Sweet About Alabama (Dilugi, Stern, Tough) was also featured in an episode of Lizard Lick Towing on TruTV. Still tracking that episode # down!
Artist Chris Hawkey inspires a 5th grade class with "The Underdog "(Busch, Tough). Watch video
"Pretty Mama"(Folensbee, Garner, Tough) was featured on Episode 109 of the new FOX television hip hop drama "Empire". The show's executive music supervisor is Timbaland!
"Apple Pie Moonshine" (Folensbee, Knisley, Tough) will be featured on 2 episodes of WGN's "Outlaw Country". Episode 105 (March 24) and Episode 107 (April 7th)
"Summer Fun", a song I wrote with the band Daydream Catapult will be featured in ABC's "American Crime"
Artist Zoe Alexander cut "Another Night Like This" (Fagan, Knisley, Tough)
Artist Allison Bray is in the studio cutting "Brownsville" (Diluigi, Stern, Tough) and "Big Wheels" (Dustin, Krupka, Tough)
"Lets Get Crazy" (written, produced and engineered with Jason Garner and Tre Houston) featured on the show "Glee" on the Fox Network, Episode 607.
2/3/15 - Xavier and Ophelias song "Falling Down" (Foster, Moore, Tough) will be featured on ABCs Show Pretty Little Liars. The song features my lovely and talented wife DeAnna on vocals!
I was featured in the February 2014 issue of Music Connection magazine.
My song, "A Story" to be cut and released by Australian artist Missy Lancaster!
The Swiss band Nada Cowboys are in the studio recording three of my songs for their next release.
“Lets Get Together” (Busch, Tough) was featured on MTVs Party Down South 2, Episode 102 and Episode 103
1/25/15- The film Moments of Clarity premiered in Hollywood. It used my song “By Your Side” (Busch, Tough) as a featured song on the movie sung by my lovely wife DeAnna. It was used for the film's final scene and ending credits. The song will also be on the film’s soundtrack. Check the movie out HERE
A random photo from NAMM 2015!
The grand old year of 2014 flew by so fast I didnt even have time to update this news page on a monthy basis. So here goes...
Heres a family shot from 2014!
After 10 years teaching at Belmont University I was promoted to Associate Professor of Audio Engineering Technology and granted tenure. Thanks to all involved for your continued support.
TV Film 2014
Music/songs that I produced, engineered and wrote has been featured in the following television shows in 2014:
“All Over The World”, on the television show Rush, USA Network, Episode 10
“Pretty Mama (So Many Girls)” on the VH1 television show Single Ladies, Episode 303
"This Moment", co-written with Justin Busch on the ABC television show Mixology, Episode 102
I produced and engineered (and played keys on) the theme song "Close" for the new documentary film Cuddle which was featured at Alanta’s Y'allywood Film Festival 2014. Check it out!
Below are some pics of the Cuddle recording session...
My original band, Xavier & Ophelia, with my wife DeAnna played a full band show in February at the Bluebird Cafe. Heres a snapshot!
and then there was the 25+ corporate parties and weddings I played in 2014. Heres a shot from my keys rig!
Summer 2014--I taught some very talented high schoolers from across the world at Grammy Camp 2014.
Artist Jeff Dane (the Lost Trailers) cut my song "Apple Pie Moonshine".
Arist Chris Hawkey released my song "The Underdog" on his latest self-title release.
Artist Sarah Dunn Band released my song "What You Started" on her newest album "You or the Whiskey."
Local Ohio artist, Gypsy Stone Band, cut my songs "Brownsville" and "Country Boy"
...and here is a pic of 3 doctors writing a song!...Dr. Jeff Dane (JD), Dr. Dave Tough (EdD) and Dr. Justin Busch (MD)
2014 Production & Engineering
I produced, engineered/mixed a 10 song album for a 17 piece band El Guamo out of Bolivar, Columbia. The band was traveling and performing through the United States this summer on a US State Department grant. Here are some pics...
Note, a lot of microphones were used in the making of this recording ;-)
Other Projects 2014
Xavier & Ophelia wrote and produced a song gratis (the ABC song) for the Early Childhood & Family Development Community Partnership of the Ozarks for their educational CD to give out to all kindergarden-age children across Southwest Missouri.
I wrote and produced three songs gratis for the Songs of Love Foundation. Check them out and donate at http://www.songsoflove.org/
I recorded Dan Hagen, Lee Sklar, Bob Harsen and SallyCat at Ocean Way in December for the The SallyCat Music Empowerment Project, a musical fundraiser for women's issues such as obesity and breast cancer.
The biggest news of all year! I am now a Dad! DeAnna and I welcomed Dylan
Spencer Taylor Tough into the world on October 3rd, 2013. He is my new best
I was nominated for a Dove Award in Canada (they call them Covenant Awards) for Instrumental Song of the Year. This nomination was for a song I produced and engineered for guitarist/artist Sean Spicer titled "Comfort and Peace".
I won the
John Lennon Songwriting contest Grand
Prize for the 2nd time for my song "Falling Down" co-written
with John Foster and DeAnna Moore . First time was in Country Category
in 2009 and
now Electronica Category.
Maybe I should combine both my skills and do some more Country Electronica?
I finished producing a 10 song CD with country artist Jeff Dane. I also co-write 7 songs on the record and it sounds quite good IMHO. Check it out!
Teen country artist Analise Malik cut my song "1000 Things". Click here to watch her cool music video with a marching band!
The Lords (famous German band) cut my song "Lets Ride".
Chris Hawkey cut my song "Underdog".
Seleen McAlister, indie aritst in Australia, cut my song "What You
I was on the panel “ Audio Education Report Card” and presented with Kirk Imamura, Chase Trombley, Mark Rubel and Doug Beilmier at the Audio Engineering Society’s 50th International Conference in Murfreesboro, TN July 25-27, 2013 . We were also featured on the cover of Pro Sound News!
I had several film and television placements over Summer/Fall 2013 including:
-Xavier & Ophelia's song "Heartbeat" featured on the show "Twisted"
-My song "Hillbilly Hollywood" on the popular show "Nashville"
-My song "Pretty Mama" featured in the ABC movie "Christmas Bounty", and
-Two of my songs "Nothing Sweet About Alabama" and "Passing Train" featured in episodes of new TV series "Alaska Gold Diggers".
I completed a study that will be published in the 2014 MEIEA Journal. It analyzes the songwriting and production of current Hot 100 Billboard hits. The article can be read here.
I finished writing a book chapter for “The Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality” on online recording techniques. The book will be out Summer 2014.
The Amercian Music Project interviewed me over the summer. Watch the video here.
I produced a 3 song record (writing, tracking mixing) for artist Sean Payton.
Other projects I have completed in the studio are tracking songs for the Mauldin Brothers, Alyssa Shouse, The Lost Trailers, Bill Diluigi, Rhyme Partners, jazz artist Cheryl Slay and Warren Stratman. Some pictures are below!
March- June 2013
I engineered the single “It's Goin’ Down Tonight” for
Trailers with Will
The song is now charting on country radio. Please request it!
Song I produced “Pretty Mama (So Many Girls)” (Folensbee, Garner, Tough) was placed in a new Netflix show called “Hemlock Grove” episode 102.
I won 2nd place prized in the Spring 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest for these songs and categories:
Rock-"I Hate Birds" (Majors, Moore, Tough)
Pop-"Made of Stars" (Krause, Moore, Tough)
I produced music featured in two shows by Ryan Seacrest Productions "How I Rock" (a show about the new standard of style for today's men on new Esquire network) and "The Wanted" (reality show that follows the band, on E!)
Check out some of these cover songs
programmed and recorded for the talented Justin Nault, a Nashville-based
I produced and co-wrote with Justin Busch, was featured as theme song
DVD by Endurance films. Check it out on youtube here.
For the second year in a row my song "Let's Get Crazy" written and produced by Dave Tough feat Belmont alum Tre Houston on vocals has been chosen by Kicker to be a test song for their new iPod iDock. Go into any Sam's Club or CostCo with a Kicker display booth (I understand this to be most of them) and you can hear the song.
"Tell Ya That I Love Ya" (Tre Folensbee, Justin Jae Wilson, Dave Tough) featuring artists Tre Houston and Solo Jones was chosen as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition out of 20,000+ entries!
I am cutting vocals for the new album by Brian "Stretch" Mayer, a great artist out of New Bern, North Carolina.
New Xavier & Ophelia performance on Music City streaming is now up. I am playing guitar and keys on this one.
Watch it on youtube here.
December 2012/January 2013
I finished mastering a project for Anthony Belfiglio entited "Sonoroscope" featuring some stellar players (Anthony Belfiglio, Roy Vogt, Billy Contreras, Danny Gottlieb, Beth Gottlieb, Jonathan Wires and Jeff Kirk).
Independent artist Marcus
Leary cut my song "My House."
"Christmas In The Air", a song I produced and co-wrote with JD Dohnal, was featured on NSAI's 2012 Best of the Holidays CD. Each year the Nashville Songwriter's Association International (NSAI) staff receive thousands of holiday-themed submissions for the project. They review these submissions over Aug and Sept and ultimately include the twelve best songs on their annual compilation. NSAI staff hits the streets of Music Row the following year to hand deliver the project to Music Publishers and Labels for consideration for upcoming projects.
The newest Xavier & Ophelia album I produced and wrote with my wife DeAnna is finished. It will be released Dec 18, 2012.
October 2012I was featured in the October 2012 edition of Music Connection Magazine. Here is a pic with my buddy Hunter Williams, Senior VP at SESAC.
September 2012The Ricky G Band cut 2 of my songs for their upcoming debut album... "Hillbilly Hollywood" and "My House". Turns out the band is from my hometown of Springfield, MO. The album will be titled "Hillbilly Hollywood" as well. Watch out for them coming to a town near you!
I produced, engineered and wrote and co-wrote 9 songs
for the CW's television show "Hart of Dixie", many of them with my lovely wife DeAnna singing
and co-writing. The episodes include “Pilot”, “Padres and
Pariahs”, In Havoc and Heat", "The Pirate & The Practice", "Aliens
and Alias " and "The Big Day". Look for them on the CW!
I have also started teaching classes at Belmont for my 7th year. I am excited to be teaching the Audio I class in the historic RCAB and Quonset Hut Studios. These were the first 2 recording studios in Nashville and RCA has produced more top 10 hits than any studio EVER in the world! Students get to work on the API and Neve consoles and with classic instruments and microphones used by artists such as Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Gillian Welch, etc
I am wrapping up 8 songs (tracking and overdubs) for the new Xavier & Ophelia EP. Its going off to mix now to Reid Shippen, Keller Jahner, Drew Adams (Dave Pensado), Ryan States and Brent Paschke. Look for it on iTunes in October 2012! .
I recently was invited to sign on with SESAC.
Also the show Dangerous Game on the CBS Sports Network featured my song "Brownsville" for a bull riding scene ;-) Written by Bill Dilugi, Jesse Stern and myself.
My 2009 doctoral research
(thesis) on teaching Audio Recording is beginning to be cited nationally
Here is a snippet on youtube.
Audrey Ball released a 5
song EP I engineered.
My song "Let's Get Crazy" co-written with Jason Garner and Tre Houston is now featured in a retail floor demo for the ikick501 Speaker Docking Station. The song will be one of four that visitors to an audio retailer will be able to listen to, to review the sound quality of the product.
I received these awards out of 16,000 entries in the 2011 International
Finalist, International Songwriting Competition, “Nothing Sweet About Alabama” (Diluigi, Stern, Tough)
Semi-Finalist, International Songwriting Competition, “Six Billion Lonely People” (Foster, Moore, Tough)
My songs (written, tracked and mixed) “Lets Get Crazy”,“Vegas”, “Pretty Mama” placed in Episodes 102-107 of CW reality television series “Remodeled”. I think its about 10 placements but Ill have to watch and count!
My song "Six Billion Lonely People" placed as a finalist in the 2012 Songdoor Songwriting Competition.
Artist James Lambert cut my song “Underdog”.
European country artist Road Dogs cut my song "1000 Things".
Artist David Church cut my song "Falling"
Artist Brooke Roe cut a song I wrote with JD Dohnal called "Restless Heart".
I finished writing, producing and engineering 3 pop dance songs in the style
of Pitbull for Crucial Music.
My song "Last Recorded Summer" was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition.
My song "Lets Ride" aired in the Canadian TV series "Debrah".
I finished producing and engineering a bluegrass EP for San Francisco artist Amy Gass.
I also engineered a 5 song EP for pop artist Rachel Leigh at Darkhorse Studios in Franklin with Dan Hagen producing.
I finished producing and engineering an EP for Brittish country artist Amy Jones.
I finished producing and engineering a 10 song record "Love Found Me" for international artist Khylune. He is from London, England and also lives in Malaysia. We produced most of the album over Skype and the internet!
I wrote the song "Made To Last" and co-wrote the song "Strange Place" with Khylune.
I did an hour interview with Swedish country radio show "Lucky Town". Click here to listen.
I cut an EP for German country artist Kirsten Schiebel.
I cut an EP for jazz guitar artist Dan Hagen, my old buddy from North Texas!
I composed the score for this video
The song demo I produced for the group the Harters back in 2009 is now on national country radio as a master! Compare my demo version with the final masters below. Use your eyes cause they sound darn close!
Just finished tracking and producing a 3 song EP for the Nashville band The August. I co-wrote all 3 songs on the EP with the band.
I won 2nd place in both the Country and Rock categories in the Indie International Song Contest for my song(s) "Ride That Train (Ode To Rosie Ruiz)" and "Beatles Without John". Click on the picture link below for more information about the contest.
NEW ARTISTS, NEW ARTISTS!
In addition to the song contest, I have produced and engineered 3 song demos and EPs for the following great up and coming artists in the last 6 months. Click on their names to download a sample of our final product!
I also have co-written songs with several other exceptional developing artists including Jenny Mandell, Ryan Mekkes, Shannon McConnell, Keith Morrison, Cody Sumpter, Kat Elfman, Kaitlyn Jackson, Lucinda Thackery and Kerstin Scheibel in 2010.
Two independent Nashville artists (Sherry Lynn and Ashley Lewis) have decided to make my song "So Much More" the title cut on their independent CDs in 2010. Both female artists recorded more of my songs as album cuts as well.
In August, my song "Vegas" was featured in the CW series "Plain Jane".
I wrote the feature article in the September 2010 issue of Electronic Musician on how to license your music to film and TV.
Heres an original song of mine "How We Say It In The Country" co-written with JD Dohnal and Craig Winquist and tracked at Ocean Way Studios in August 2010.
John Lennon Songwriting Contest
Along with JD Dohnal, I am the grand prize country winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "Beatles Without John"!
Maybe now I can afford some good gear.
The Anthony Belfiglio Trio
Ocean Way Nashville, Studio A.
Aaron Summers-Assistant Engineer
Anthony's group was tight. It is nice to record good jazz players with great gear. Not real work even…we tracked 12 songs. I mixed the project. Luke Gilfeather mastered it.
Recording the Frog Eye Jug Band
Featured in Music Connection Magazine, July 2009
Recorded May 2009, Ocean Way Nashville, Studio A
Elliott Wiley-Assistant Engineer
This was a cool session...never got to record a live jug band or a bumblejar before! We cut 14 songs and mixed in 2 days!
The Paul Johnson Band
Belmont, Studio A
Greg McGinnis -Assistant Engineer
Paul is a talented young singer songwriter. He reminds me of a mix between Cat Stevens and John Mayer. We cut 5 songs and I mixed them.
Ocean Way Nashville, Studio B
Art Lindman -Assistant Engineer
Once again I find myself recording interesting instruments...steel pan and flamenco guitar. Check out some of Yasha's pan work!
Cameron Morgan Project
Ocean Way Nashville, Studio B
July August 2008
Cutting with Yasha Noonberg and with the Ed Baust Band
Cutting bgvs with artist Bryan Clark and vocalist/vocal coach Jamie Wigginton. Sound samples here.
Cutting nu jazz with Nashville Trio, Worthy Adversary
Jody Nardone Jazz Trio
RCA Studio B
Amazing players...Jody, Marcus Finnie and Jerry Navarro!
Chris Weaver Band
Chris is a rockstar. If you dont know his music, go check him out live at the Tin Roof on Saturday nights or the Stage on Sunday nights her in Nashville! This session was recorded at REMS Studio A, Belmont University.