David Matthews, the son of a Methodist minister, was born in Sonora, Kentucky on March 4, 1942. He was educated at the University of Cincinnati where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from its' Conservatory of Music.
From l966-68, David led a jazz dance band on tour in Germany and Italy. During the next two years he played in jazz clubs in and around Cincinnati.
From l970 to 74 he was the arranger and bandleader for James Brown Productions.