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Dave Matthews was born outside of Johannesburg South Africa on January 9 1967 As a child he moved around a lot with his family to various parts of the world And of an early age his mother taught him the evils of racism When he was ten years old his father died of lung cancer which later impacted his singing styleDuring the late 1980s and early 1990s Dave worked as a bartender at Millers a small club where the area bands would come and play There Dave would sit and dream of playing in his own band The bars owner heard him playing one afternoon and arranged for some of the areas top jazz musicians to join him There he found his drummer Carter Beauford saxophonist LeRoi Moore a local jazz guru John Dearth and a sixteen-year-old music prodigy to play the bass Stefan LessardThey started performing at small clubs and college campuses There he found a rapidly growing fan club They started to play at bigger places later opening for the Blue Travellar And almost two years to the day the Blue Travellar were opening for the Dave Matthews BandHe said in an interview with the Rolling Stones that he never really intended for his band to bare his name but by the time they got around to changing it they too big of a following to change it When asked in the same interview if ever gets nervous or got nervous before playing in front of live audiences he simply replied No not really Im the same personperformer I was ten years ago but with more popularity When asked if hed rubbed anybodys nose in his success he also replied no that he had not He told that there was no need to gloat and that the people who criticized him before know that they were wrongDave Matthews proposed marriage with his love Julia Grey three times only to be rejected all
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