Roots grow deep in the rich soil of southern gospel music. At age 10, he began playing drums for the Watchman Quartet in his native town of Goldsboro, NC. His father, Denny Sutton, sang tenor with the group, providing David with his earliest and strongest inspiration as a vocal artist. During this period of David’s life he also started playing the harmonica and is known in today’s gospel music world as a very well accomplished harmonica player. At the age of 15, David was invited to sing one number on stage with the Kingsmen Quartet during one of their performances. “There was something about that night that showed me this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he says. After graduating high school, he set his sights on college but put those plans on hold when he got the opportunity to join The Anchormen Quartet from his home to join them as their new tenor, two weeks after graduation.
In the years that followed, David traveled with the Anchormen and The Singing Americans and spent eight years performing with the resident gospel group at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tn. Over the past 31 years David has been nominated multiple times for the Singing News Magazine fan awards for Favorite Young Artist and Favorite Tenor award. David was inducted into the Tri-State Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame on August 6, 2016. In June of 2016, David celebrated 28 years of full time gospel music.
David, in 2003, was a co-founder of The Triumphant Quartet and has been with them from their existence. As a member of Triumphant, David hopes to share his love of God and gospel music as their group travels all around the country. “My goal is to offer our audience good news of the gospel through gospel music. That’s what I was raised on and I will always love it. The music and the lyrics in the songs have blessed me for many years. I’ve also seen a lot of people come to Jesus Christ through this music.”
David and his wife Shay have been married since August of 1995. They have two daughters named Mallory and Abigail. They make their home in Sevierville, Tn. and are members of Connect Church in Sevierville, TN.