Interview With Saxophonist, Soprano, Songwriter & Producer ‘David Carr Jr’

Tell us a little about yourself?

David Carr, Jr. first picked up the saxophone when he was 12 years old. Born July 9th in Denver, Colorado, his family moved and settled in Oklahoma when he was still young. He grew up in Oklahoma, helping out on the family farm, and by the time he was 14, David was playing along side his dad around Oklahoma City. The best advice David says his dad every gave him was early on when he was struggling to master the sax. David Sr. said, “Just worry about getting the tone. The notes will come.” Young David heard the words his dad told him, took them to heart, and soon had that smooth, beautiful tone that we still hear today. David’s sound and compositional style is unique and difficult to confine to any one genre. The roots are jazz, but there are aspects of funk, rhythm & blues, and occasionally a bit of an enigmatic element that defies any label. David’s first music release was a very limited cassette single, With an Angel/On Top of the One, in 1993. David has released more than a dozen CDs over the years, the first full length being, sounds of innosense, released in 1995 on compact disc and cassette. After sounds of innosense came In Too Deep (pre-release and final release) double CD, I thought You Knew, DCJ4, Who’s In There?, the fan requested, long awaited Holiday Melodies Embraced (CD and companion live performance DVD), Sax @ Midnight, HALF A C NOTE (for his 50th birthday), Pure Glass, and his most recent CD, You Know They Say, was released in 2019. There were assorted pre-release limited edition, and CD singles here and there throughout. A quick history: David graduated High School in 1978 and joined the United States Marines. After basic training, David was assigned to the Marine Corps Band. After leaving the USMC, David joined the Joker’s Wild band in 1980, a ten piece Top 40/R&B band performing around Oklahoma. In 1984, David founded the Funk/Dance band Prelude, and in 1985 moved the act to Dallas. After a time, David felt the need to leave the cover band limitations and began writing his own music. By the early 90s David was a mainstay around the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex, and a key performer at the historic Strictly Tabu (1954-1999), one of the oldest Jazz clubs in Texas. David continues to perform solo and with a full band around North Texas, Oklahoma, and points between. In 2021, David was inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

45 years,

How did you get started in the music business in the first  place? 

My dad was a Tenor sax player,

How would you describe your latest single? 

A Funky Instrumental.

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

Working on video as we speak.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

Big Dave Carr my father, Hank Crawford, Prince , NIN , Grover Washington Jr. , Jimmy Hendrix and Many More!

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

Each the inspiration is unique.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

Always Promoting and touring.

What are must haves when your in the studio working?


What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Write, write, write!!!!!!

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

Maybe just depends.

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

Jeffrey Smith, Jennifer Emard Marler ,Laurence Lee.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

Bob James.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)


What’s your all-time favourite song? 

King Curtis Version of ODE To Billy Joe.

What was the last album you listened to?

Chicago 18

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Prince, one of the most influential Artist of our time!!

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

David Sanborn

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

It’s weird.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?


What is your main goal as far as music?

Keeping On The Musical Journey

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Really Don’t Know.

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)


If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Bob James

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Playing live with my Dad.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Carnegie Hall

What can we expect from you in the future?

New music.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

You can find me on all streaming platforms and stores ‘David Carr Jr’ or my official website here.

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