La Vie Creative:  Paris Musician David Wallace

David Wallace was born January 5, 1988 in Weisbaden, Germany while his father, Chris, served in the US Army. In 1993, the family moved to Minneapolis, MN where David was raised and lived the next 25 years. During his youth, he enjoyed playing sports, particularly ice hockey and developed an interest in music trying both piano and alto sax before choosing guitar at age 12. 

After completing his studies, David began working as a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group. He enjoyed some moderate success but never felt fulfilled in this industry. While working in this corporate position, David rekindled a passion and love for playing the guitar which had always remained a hobby but never anything serious. Then, in 2015, after purchasing his first home in St. Louis Park, MN, David took a leap of faith and decided to abandon a promising career in financial services to take out student debt in pursuit of a less than promising career in music.

David began performing live while still under the guitar performance studies program at the now closed McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN. Immediately following the school’s closure, David took the opportunity to relocate residency to Paris, France where he had recently been spending time and establishing a professional network. Now fluent in French, David has lived in the French capital since January 2018 performing with a wide variety of other local professionals. While primarily performing in bars, restaurants and cafes, David is also frequently hired for ensemble work for weddings and other private events in addition to exclusive performances for various ClubMed locations. David performed as a guitar duo with French guitarist Charly Solo at the 2019 TanJazz Fest held in Tanger, Morocco. David regularly returns to Minneapolis where he continues to perform and support the local artistic community that has given so much to him and launched him into a world he never even thought possible.