Somebody I'm Supposed to Be
'I know there's something just beyond the headlights, somebody I'm supposed to be.' These words were the impetus for the debut album from Dave Pettigrew. Sitting in his home studio one night praying these words, he began writing what would become 'I Will Follow.' 'Most of these songs are an extension of prayer,' he says. 'The first three tracks on the record, 'Teach Me How to Drive,' 'Closer to You,' and 'I Will Follow' are just prayers that turned into songs.' In February of 2004, Dave and songwriter/producer Frank Di Minno had completed a full record of material and were preparing to start recording. 'The songs we had written were hooky but pretty generic pop songs. I wanted to make a record that actually meant something to me, something that really came from inside. Something that makes me dig deeper and hopefully makes the listener dig deeper. The songs we had written were great & I still love them, but they weren't me, they weren't what I really believed in.' A very shocked Frank Di Minno, realized that the best Dave Pettigrew record would be one that came from his heart and agreed to begin writing in this direction. Over the next 3 three months the pair focused on writing songs that had a message, songs that center on the journey through life and finding God on that journey. The result is 'Somebody I'm Supposed To Be,' ten songs that feature catchy hooks with a radio friendly sound. 'Every song means so much to me, and really catches the essence of what I had envisioned when I decided to take the record in this direction.' The album was written entirely by Dave & Frank. The long-time collaborators have been writing together for over 15 years and feel that with this record, the bar has been raised. These songs are the pair's best work so far; incorporating engaging and inspired writing with melodies that soar. What does the title mean? The question has been asked by so many. The answer lies deep in Dave's heart. God doesn't call us to be businessmen, electricians, bus drivers, musicians or any other occupation. He calls us to be disciples. He calls us to know Him, serve Him & witness to others about Him. Of course we need to have an occupation to support ourselves, and the needs of everyday life, but we're really meant to walk another road. We're meant to be followers of God and that is the 'somebody' God wants us to be. With this record, Dave hopes that message will carry through. 'I'm just trying to motivate myself & others to think about God more in everyday life. There are so many distractions that sometimes you have to stop and think about the journey. Take the time to think about who we are and what we're really supposed to be doing here.' And hey, it doesn't hurt to have some good songs packed along for the ride.