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David Francisco Platillero

David Francisco Platillero is a Knoxville TN native who bears his Spanish grandfather's first name, Francisco, as the artist David Francisco. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in electrical engineering, he traveled throughout Europe on a quest to consider the next phase of his life. While on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, he determined he would forego a traditional career in engineering to instead pursue music creation as his full time endeavor.  

He opened and operated a small recording studio in Knoxville for a couple of years before deciding to enhance his producing and engineering skills by attending the world renowned Blackbird Academy in Nashville TN. Three weeks after moving to Nashville, tragedy struck.

While riding his bicycle home from school at lunch to feed his dog, David was t-boned by a distracted driver who ran a red light at a busy intersection. His body slammed into the windshield, launched 10 feet into the air and crashed into the pavement. His back was snapped, his spinal cord severely damaged and his left forearm shredded. It was April 27, 2016, and his life was forever changed.



The following year was intense, full-time rehab, where David focused all of his efforts on regaining any possible mobility. His journey is documented in the short film "Back To Blackbird - A Journey of Hope" and is an inspiration to all those who have watched it.

A skilled saxophonist, pianist and guitar player, David is a prolific songwriter, music producer, performer and communicator of ideas that inspire. He is signed with Extreme Music, a division of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and currently lives in Los Angeles.