David Porter, internationally renowned songwriter, producer is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. David Porter is a cornerstone of the legendary Stax Records of Memphis. He recorded his first record as a solo singer at the age of nineteen for local Golden Eagle Records. David began his tenure at Stax Records before it was called Stax, as a matter of fact it was first known as Satellite Records. David being a recording artist at that time, upon Satellite changing its name to Stax, David stopped performing and became the first African American staff songwriter for the company. Within two years, Isaac Hayes joined him as his co-writing partner and they became one of the top songwriting and producing teams in the entire industry.
David Porter's songs have been involved in more than 300 million units sells worldwide. Some of his successful songs are: "Soul Man", "Hold On I'm Coming", "When Something is Wrong With My Baby" and "I Thank You" to name just a few. David also includes in his credits "Dream Lover" by Mariah Carey and "Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith. In June 2005, David Porter was inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Currently he is still writing and producing and is a successful entrepreneur. David has served on many boards and commissions past and present. Some of those are: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a chapter president and national trustee, Memphis/ Shelby County Film, Tape and Music Commission as chairman of the commission, University of Memphis Board of Visitors, Youth Villages board member, Stax Museum Foundation board, State of Tennessee Film/Music Commission board, TPC annual PGA golf event board Youth Programs benefiting St Jude Hospital and as a bank director of the Bank of Bartlett. David has owned many businesses in the Memphis International Airport beginning in 1988. David also attended LeMoyne College before the music business pulled him in totally.
David says music is and was one of his life's passion. The other was a desire to make a difference. The Consortium MMT is his desire along with countless others to take steps to give back to music. He believes music has given so much to him and its payback time on a much higher level than the norm. The Consortium Memphis Music Town is that other level of payback.