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"It's songs like this that remind you of adolescence, being 15 or 16 years old and thinking, 'How do you do this? I really like singing, but coming from a small town like where I grew up, how do you start that journey?'" David explains. "If you didn't know anything about me, I wanted to visually tell that story in four and a half minutes, starting with me as a six year old, up to about six months ago, my grandfather getting his No. 1 plaque for 'Let It Rain.' My grandfather is a huge Las Vegas fan; he and my grandmother drive out there three or four times a year. So the thought that his grandson plays Vegas and the thought that his grandson's name could potentially be on one of those marquees, just blew his mind."
The beautiful ballad also makes David reflect on his journey to chase his dreams in Nashville. "I moved here without so much as a friend to have lunch with," he recalls. "I had no clue the process you had to go through. I naively thought I had to go door to door, find somebody who could record me singing some songs. I didn't know Music Row, I didn't know anything! So after six or seven months, I went back home and went to college. As soon as I experienced college life, I felt like this (music) is what I was born to do and I came back. The good Lord is amazing; He opens up doors. I was close to abandoning the dream, and He was like, 'Hey, slow down there, buddy.'"
"The Sound of a Million Dreams" was written by Phil Vassar and Scooter Carusoe. Phil was happy to give the song away to another artist, especially after hearing the production -- or lack thereof -- on David's version. "He did a great job on it. He's a great singer," says the lauded songwriter. "It's so simple, they didn't overproduce it. It's just him singing a song. That's what it's all about."