Karen David is wowing audiences with her vocal ability as Princess Isabella on ABC's new medieval musical comedy "Galavant." But her great performance isn't that surprising: the actress is also a longtime singer, who's released several EPs and a variety of singles over her twelve-year musical career.
She made her debut with the single "It's Me (You're Talking To)" in 2003, and scored a top 10 airplay hit in three countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
David's first EP, The Live Sessions EP, was released in 2007; the five-song record included the track "Magic Carpet Ride," which was also the selection for her first music video. You can take a look behind the scenes at the making of that video on her YouTube channel.
Since that first video, the multi-talented performer has slowly but steadily been turning out new music, even if it's just one song or two at a time. The Magic Carpet Ride EP arrived in 2009, including three new remixes of that track.
Then there was the single "Hypnotize," which had six different versions made available the following year, along with another video. At the end of 2010, she also put together a four-song Christmas release, My Christmas List.
In 2011, David put together the single "Superheroes," followed by her most recent EP two years later. 2013's Dust To Stars contains five fresh songs, including the title track and "Daydreamer."
But despite all this productivity, her singing ability has wound up somewhat under the radar, perhaps because it's rarely been showcased in her more high-profile acting work.
Prior to "Galavant," David's only real chance to be heard on American television was when she guest-starred as singer Kayla Graham in the first season of the FOX television series "Touch." The song she performed in the episode, a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Three Little Birds," was subsequently released as a digital single.
She had also previously worked with Rahman on the soundtrack for the 2006 British film "Provoked." David wrote and performed the film's theme song, "Alive," and contributed to the other songs on the soundtrack. However, she had just a supporting role in the movie, so many audiences may not have connected the dots.
But with "Galavant," audiences can hear this veteran actress singing every week, and because the songs are written into the episodes, they're well aware of just who's doing the showstopping - even as her character helps to save the day. It's a showcase for a fantastic voice that deserves to be heard.
For more on Karen David, you can view her iTunes discography.