22 Facts About David Bryan


David Bryan Rashbaum was born on February 7,1962 and is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the keyboard player for the rock band Bon Jovi, with which he co-wrote songs and performed backing vocals.


In 2018, Bryan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Bon Jovi.


David Bryan is known for writing the music and co-writing the lyrics with Joe DiPietro for the musical Memphis, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score.


David Bryan Rashbaum was born on February 7,1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and raised in Edison, New Jersey.


David Bryan attended elementary school at Clara Barton, where he played many instruments including violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet.


David Bryan began to learn piano at age seven and played keyboards for a band called Transition with bass player Steve Sileo and lead singer Mike Ziegel.


David Bryan studied with Emery Hack, a professor at Juilliard, for thirteen years.


David Bryan briefly attended Rutgers University, but dropped out to attend Juilliard.


David Bryan was the first Bon Jovi member to receive a call when Jon Bon Jovi learned that he had received a recording contract, and agreed to join the band.


David Bryan chose his stage name when he grew tired of continually having to spell out his entire name.


At the time, David Bryan was attending Rutgers University and was studying Pre-Med with a 4.0 GPA.


David Bryan has played keyboards and sung on all of Bon Jovi's albums, as well as some of the solo albums of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.


David Bryan co-wrote the musical The Toxic Avenger, again collaborating with Joe DiPietro.


David Bryan has worked on a musical with DiPietro titled Chasing the Song, which chronicles American songwriters from 1962 to 1964 who worked in the Brill Building.


David Bryan married his high school sweetheart April McLean on August 25,1990, but they divorced in 2004.


David Bryan married Lexi Quaas on August 7,2010, in Colts Neck, New Jersey.


In 1991, before he helped Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in his solo album Stranger in This Town and record a soundtrack in the horror movie Netherworld, David Bryan was suffering from a South American parasite, caught during a tour with the band.


On March 21,2020, David Bryan announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


David Bryan is very active in VH-1's Save the Music program, as well as Only Make Believe.


David Bryan wrote the anthem for Only Make Believe, "Rockin' All Over the World", with Dena Hammerstein.


David Bryan is an honorary Board member for Only Make Believe, a non-profit organization that brings interactive theatre to chronically ill and disabled children in hospitals and care facilities.


David Bryan is a board member of Damon Marks' Traveling Guitar Foundation.