Berkeley has been a guest on This American Life, Mountain Stage, World Café, CNN, XM Radio's Loft Sessions, WFUV, NPR's Acoustic Café and many more. He won the 2015 Kerrville New Folk competition. Called "a musical poet" by the San Francisco Chronicle, "sensational" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and "spellbinding" by Blurt, critics praise Berkeley's carefully crafted philosophic lyrics and soulful baritone, which at one moment resonates richly only to swoop into a fragile falsetto in the next.
"Berkeley's a sixties-esque troubadour with songs to swoon by and a voice sweeter than incense and peppermints. … He's a double fantasy of Nick Drake and Donovan." - Rollingstone.com
Though he now calls Santa Fe home, where he lives with his wife and two young sons, his explorations have taken him from busking in Harvard Square to the mountains of Corsica, from the back roads of Alaska to the crowds of New York City. Each port of call opened him to new experiences, as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, a river rafting guide in Idaho and, always, a chronicler of life as he observed and embraced it.
On September 25, 2015, David Berkeley released his crowning achievement to date: a set of interwoven stories offered in his second book, The Free Brontosaurus, and a batch of accompanying songs on his sixth studio album, Cardboard Boat. The songs are sung from the perspective of each story's main character. The releases are a rare compliment to each other, but with a degree in literature from Harvard, over a decade of touring under his belt and a stage show that melds profound songs and hilarious anecdotes, Berkeley is uniquely positioned to be able to pull off such an ambitious project.
The Free Brontosaurus "feels like the proper way to weave stories and songs." From the start Berkeley envisioned the book as a "fictional story cycle," with different narratives overlapping, intertwining and emerging as the brontosaurus moves between characters, and as minor characters in one story become major characters in another.
"Berkeley sings in a lustrous melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake…. As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals." - The New York Times
"Berkeley's wine-dark voice and penchant for dramatically textured minor-key ballads recalls Cat Stevens at his introspective best." - Paula Carino, American Song Writer