Cleveland, OH, USA

©2017 by David Smeltz. Proudly created with Wix.com

Music Is My Religion

ONE NOTE AT A TIME

When David Smeltz founded I-Tal in 1978, the first Cleveland reggae band outside the Jamaican community, he launched a scene whose impact is still felt to this day. After building a following locally, he took the band on the road, starting to tour heavily in the mid 80s.

His story is a wild ride through years of epic drinking and drug abuse. He saw it all and used it all, for years. Disaster ensued. For many years it looked as though he had only two options: jail or death. 

Since his surrender to drugs and alcohol on April 20, 2001, David continues to live a clean and sober lifestyle.

David has currently released a 9 song CD entitled "Recovered" on his Smeltz Good Music label. He most recently formed his 3 piece band the "Smeltztones" and 7 member "Dave Smeltz Project".

David's first book "Clean: From Reggae To Recovery" was released in April 2014. He has also written two subsequent booklets entitled "Just Sit Down (and shut up)" and "Step Away From The Vehicle".

"My sole ambition is to give back musically that which I almost permanently cast aside through my own actions. Music Is My Religion".


Clean: From Reggae To Recovery

This is a short video by Michelle 'MY' Davis and David Smeltz. The video introduces and offers some background for my 2014 book release "Clean: From Reggae To Recovery".

clean book pic cvr.jpg

A Story Of Gratitude

In 1978, David Smeltz co-founded and started the first American Reggae band in the state of Ohio and quite possibly the Midwest. The reggae band, I-tal, has entertained audiences for over 40 years. In 2018, David released a 9 song CD entitled "Recovered" on his Smeltz Good Music label. He currently entertains audiences accoustically and  most recently formed his 3 piece band the "Smeltztones" and 7 member "Dave Smeltz Project" .

In 2010, David started a 501(c) 3 non profit named Clean House Inc.for men recovering from alcohol and substance abuse in which he serves as Executive Director. Clean House also functions as a center for 12 step recovery and martial arts instruction.
 David's first book "Clean: From Reggae to Recovery" was released in April 2014. He has also written two subsequent booklets entitled "Just Sit Down (and shut up)" and "Step Away From The Vehicle".  David believes in the integration of body, mind , and spirit. He leads a mostly vegan lifestyle and incorporates martial arts, nutrition, and music as a positive and healthy way of life.  Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.

David

Want to learn more about David Smeltz, his music, and tour dates? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

216.326.9050

IMG-1163.JPG