Kickin Up Country Music Festival
Dave Innis is the keyboardist and an original member of the critically acclaimed vocal group Restless Heart, a band that heralds six Grammy nominations, five CMA nominations, as well as winners of Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year Award; the group also has five Gold Records on RCA. In addition to being a well-respected keyboardist, Dave is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and producer.
A natural performer, Dave began playing at the age of six, with classical training alongside older brother, Steve. Taught by their mother, Betty, the boys grew up practicing piano daily, listening to Betty’s lessons with her other piano students, and playing records from their favorite artists ranging from Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell to The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Eagles.
A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Dave studied classical piano performance and theory at Tulsa University. His early love of the piano led to his study of jazz piano performance and theory at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with renowned Boston Pops’ jazz pianist, Ray Santisi. Dave later went on to pursue Music Business studies at Belmont University in Nashville, where he met Larry Stewart and soon formed Restless Heart.
In addition to playing with Restless Heart, Dave has lent his musical talents to a number of established artists, recording with Vince Gill, Richard Marx, Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, the legendary Conway Twitty and many others. He has traveled the world to play in such prestigious venues as Radio City Music Hall, LA’s Greek Ampitheater, and various concert halls in Asia, Africa and Mexico.
Says Innis, "The most rewarding part of my job is taking all of my career experiences, the good and the bad, and sharing that wisdom with my son who is also in the music business. I’m grateful to able to provide an “inside the industry roadmap” that was lacking for me at his age and encouraging him to make positive choices both professionally and personally. I am also extremely fortunate to be part of a 30 year legacy where I am constantly blessed by people’s connection to our music…the stories of how our songs have touched a life will never lose their impact. It’s truly humbling.”
Dave also makes time to be involved with his community. He has volunteered for the YWCA of Middle TN, The Salvation Army Angel Tree, and has performed extensively for our troops overseas. He most recently had the privilege to play with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in both the inaugural Music With A Mission in 2011 and the 2nd Annual Music With A Mission, held in October 2012. The benefit was hosted by Restless Heart to raise money and awareness for the Nashville Rescue Mission. This year’s event, co-produced by Innis, raised nearly $150,000 for the homeless men, women, and children of Middle Tennessee and included artists Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant, Branford Marsalis, The Gatlin Brothers and other notables. Dave often finds time to volunteer on behalf of the Rescue Mission, whether its serving dinner to the homeless, participating in graduation ceremonies for men coming out of the Mission Rehabilitation Program or answering phones during a pledge drive. Says Innis, “It is my privilege and my responsibility to share my gifts and talents to highlight those in need.”
He is particularly grateful to his pastor, the late David Foster, who taught him the importance of “Getting Up, Suiting Up, Showing Up, and Doing the Next Right Thing”.
Dave currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife, Adrienne. He has two grown children: Isabella, who is in the design industry and Isom, musical director and keyboardist of the popular group Foster The People. When Dave is not touring with Restless Heart, he enjoys playing in the church worship band and likes cooking, skiing, gardening and running.