Most famous for his songwriting, (including "Shadows of the Night" performed by Pat Benatar), Byron has delivered a powerful memoir of survival and hope.
Raised by his adoptive parents in southern New Jersey, D.L. Byron (born David Byron) became enamored with the Beatles, the Byrds, and Bob Dylan at an early age. When he wasn't busy getting thrown out of a string of exclusive prep schools, Byron formed several teenage garage bands and won a number of poetry competitions. Deciding to pursue his music career in earnest, Byron moved to New York City in February of 1971. After working briefly at the Colony Record shop (located on the ground floor of the Brill Building) and living in a $45 per week fleabag hotel, Byron managed to catch the tail-end of Tin pan alley, procuring a $75-a-week job as a staff writer for E.H. Morris. While there, he met and was influenced by greats like Harold Arlen, and began to perform at open mike nights around New York. In 1979, Clive Davis and Arista discovered Byron and signed him, hoping to find success with an American version of Elvis Costello or Graham Parker. In 1980, Byron released This Day and Age, which became an instant power pop classic.
About Shadows of the Night:
A gifted young man endured a tormented childhood at the hands of his mentally troubled adoptive mother. Told that his birth mother had died to give him life, he shouldered the blame yet still found the strength to attempt the impossible. With a week’s worth of clothes and a guitar, he left his small town for New York City to make his mark as a singer/songwriter. Navigating treacherous twists and turns along his journey to fame, overcoming his personal demons of abandonment, self-sabotage, substance abuse, heartbreak, and failure, he always held true in his heart that his real mother was indeed alive and that one day he would find her. This beacon served as a guiding light as he discovered himself in a true spiritual sense, and set about making peace with his past; paving the way for his biggest success, writing the Grammy award-winning, classic Rock anthem “Shadows of the Night.” He would finally become ready for the realization of his most secret, heartfelt and cherished dream.