David LaMotte

David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker and writer. He has performed over 3000 concerts and released twelve full-length CDs of primarily original music, touring in all fifty states, as well as five of the seven continents. The Boston Globe writes that his music “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition,” while BBC Radio Belfast lauds his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.

His TEDx talk on what music can teach us about peacemaking was published in 2018. LaMotte is currently also working as part of a musical trio, Abraham Jam, an interfaith band made up of a Christian (David), a Muslim (Dawud Wharnsby), and a Jew (Billy Jonas).

Since 2008 LaMotte has pursues his other primary vocation by accepting a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. David has published three books, including two illustrated children’s books.  In 2004, He and his wife Deanna founded PEG Partners, a non-profit organization that supports literacy, critical thought, and artistic expression in Guatemala.

LaMotte’s latest solo album, The Other Way Around, was released in September of 2016, and debuted at #8 on the Folk-DJ chart.

As a touring artist with a nearly thirty-year career, LaMotte has developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and artist grants, and has been featured on dozens of artist compilations. Notably, his song Dark and Deep was included on Songs Inspired By Literature, Chapter One, a benefit CD to raise money for adult literacy. Other artists on that CD include Suzanne Vega, Grace Slick, Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen. Several independent films feature David’s music, and it has been heard on the Today Show and the Showtime television series This American Life.

As a result of his work with schools in Guatemala, he was named a Madison World Changer by his undergraduate alma mater, James Madison University. In 2019, he was awarded an E-chievement Award by the syndicated radio show E-town. David makes his home in Black Mountain, NC with his wife Deanna and son Mason. He is currently touring extensively, speaking and performing, and writing his next book, tentatively titled, Harmony: What Music Can Teach Us About Peacemaking In a Troubled Time.

David LaMotte is inspirational – just what we all need now and always. He is more than welcomed to spend an hour at our Acoustic Stayaway and in our hearts.


Feb 26 2021


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm