David began singing at six years old with family. In 1990, he filled
in for the legendary Speer Family and later that year he became the
lead vocalist for The Trailblazers from Dalton, GA. After joining,
writing for and recording one project with them, the group enjoyed
several national charting songs while touring all over the United
In 2002, Staton filled the lead position once held by Kirk Sullivan
(4 Him) with Priority. While with Priority, the group was the resident
gospel group at the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, MO and
they performed for over one million people in one year. Priority toured
until the group disbanded in 1995. For the next 10 years, David continued
to write for several artists in many different genres of music while
occasionally performing solo. It was during this time that his song,
Every Knee Shall Bow, recorded by Dottie Peoples, was
nominated for a Grammy Award. His song, Together We Can
was adopted as the national theme song to bring awareness to violence
in schools. The music video (Together We Can) that featured many Atlanta
based artists was shown at the 1999 Grammy Awards show, which helped
launch the careers of artists like R&Bs Jagged Edge, India
Arie, and 4.0.
In 2004, David partnered with Mike LeFevre to form The LeFevre Quartet.
During the seven years that he was the lead vocalist, the group had
many hit songs like, To Get To Jesus, that Staton penned,
Let Me Tell You Bout Jesus, Days of Elijah,
I Bless Your Name, Didnt It Rain and
many more. The group won many awards including, Breakout Artist
of the Year and Singing News Fan based, Horizon Award.
After leaving the LeFevre Quartet in 2011, Staton began working on
a solo project and also began singing with Palmetto State Quartet.
The group appeared on television and tour with Country Music Superstar,
Wynonna Judd while Staton was there.
Through the years, nearly every major artist
in gospel music has recorded Davids music. Artists like Gold
City, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingsmen, Singing Americans, Dixie
Melody Boys, Imperials, Dottie Peoples, Ball Brothers, LeFevre Quartet,
Palmetto State Quartet, Priority, Trailblazers, The Greenes, Ivan
Parker, Brian Free and many more have recorded music written by David
Staton. From 2005 to 2013, Staton was the Executive Vice President
for Song Garden Music Group in Nashville, TN. In recent years, the
National Quartet Convention has asked David to be a part of an industry
advisory panel to help artists who need assistance and training. Not
only has David made a mark in gospel music as an artist and a writer,
he is passing on his knowledge and experience on to new artists which
will influence and shape the future of gospel music.