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David Paich

David Paich
David Paich during a live concert
Background information
Born (1954-06-25) June 25, 1954
Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Pop rock, soft rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, singer, producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
Years active 1973–present
Associated acts Toto
Boz Scaggs
Michael Jackson
Notable instruments
Korg Triton
Yamaha Motif 8
Yamaha SY77

David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an Emmy and Grammy award-winning American keyboardist, singer, composer, recording producer, and arranger, best known for his work with the rock band Toto. With Toto, Paich has released 17 albums and sold over 30 million records. Additionally, Paich has contributed to a host of artists with his songwriting and arrangements including working with Boz Scaggs extensively in the 1970s and Michael Jackson in the 1980s.

He is the son of jazz composer, musician, and arranger Marty Paich.


  • Biography 1
    • Toto 1.1
    • Session and side projects 1.2
  • Equipment 2
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5



A prolific writer of chart-performing songs, Paich wrote or co-wrote such tracks as "Rosanna", "Hydra","Holyanna", "Pamela", "Got To Be Real", and "Lady Love Me (One More Time)". He also performed lead vocals on the Toto hits "Africa", "Lovers in the Night", and "Stranger in Town".

Paich remained with Toto up until their disbandment in 2008, although he did not tour extensively with the band in the last few years. Session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes joined Toto in 2004 as an additional keyboardist for both studio projects and tour dates. In 2010, Paich resumed performing with Toto, and is the current keyboard player alongside Steve Porcaro.

Session and side projects

He has co-writing credits with Jon Anderson (Yes), and Chicago. As arranger he worked for Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, and many more.

In the early and mid '80s, Paich often worked with well-known producers Quincy Jones and David Foster. Paich was a part of the session group on the Michael Jackson album Thriller. He played piano, synthesizer, and did some synth and rhythm arrangements.

In 1989, Paich produced and arranged the Oscar-nominated song "The Girl Who Used to Be Me", written by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, for the film Shirley Valentine.

As a session musician Paich has played on numerous soundtracks and on albums by many artists, including Michael Jackson songs "Earth Song", "The Girl Is Mine", "Heal the World", "Stranger in Moscow", and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"; and the USA for Africa song "We Are the World", as well as work with Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, Quincy Jones, Don Henley, Steely Dan, Elton John, Joe Cocker, and Pink.

David Paich traveled to China where he worked composing theme music for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards as a music producer and keyboardist for the on-stage band.[1]


David Paich is currently using the Yamaha CP4 and Yamaha Motif XF6 for live situations. Former instruments are Yamaha Motif ES8, Yamaha Motif 8 and the Korg Triton.




  1. ^ Bolden 2009.

Cited sources

  • Bolden, Juliana J. (September 18, 2009). "Pop-rock giants Steve Jordan, David Paich strike up one hot band". Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  • "Equipment Dave". Archived from the original on November 15, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  • Eskow, Gary (July 14, 2006). "How David Paich Recorded Toto's Latest Album". Retrieved October 30, 2009. 

External links

  • (English) David Paich page on The Party Of The Century project
  • (English) David Paich at the Internet Movie Database
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