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D. S. Bradford
Background information
Birth name David Scott Bradford
Born December 10, 1982
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Genres Rock, Progressive rock, Classical
Years active 2007–present
Labels Sony Music
Sugo Music Group
Equinox By Fireside Music

D. S. Bradford (born David Scott Bradford, December 10, 1982) is an American musical artist, singer-songwriter, performer, vocalist, guitarist, and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Early career

Bradford started to write songs in 2007, while with his previous band, Certain Tragedy. In 2010, he had the opportunity to consult with award-winning artist development coach, songwriter, and A&R representative Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, et al.). Blue's critique and guidance helped Bradford to hone better songwriting techniques, song structure, and studio engineering, resulting in a better overall quality of music. Bradford subsequently joined BMI as a songwriter and officially started his solo career.

Live performances and development

In 2010, Bradford performed live at venues under his full name throughout the Philadelphia region, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York City. His last show, before a hiatus, took place on October 22, 2010 in Philadelphia.

In 2016, he resumed performing publicly, just before the journey that led up to his release, Elemental Evolution, and embarked on a series of performances to promote the upcoming release and campaign on PledgeMusic.

A new start and rebranding

After nearly two years of no participation in music, Bradford began writing again. On January 8, 2012, "Oceans" was written and was completely recorded on January 23, 2012. This song would eventually lead to a full-length album and changed his stage name to D. S. Bradford. Bradford continued the momentum and began writing songs that would ultimately become Elemental Evolution, releasing the titular track on January 8, 2016.

Musical style and influences

Bradford's musical styling has been described as pop/punk, alternative, with progressive rock undertones. Bradford's soundscapes are drawn from the inspiration of also being a classical music composer for media and is heard throughout the tale of Elemental Evolution. His compositions are often compared to the likes of Coheed and Cambria, and has stated himself that he is inspired by the group, in addition to bands like Nirvana, Bayside, and Jimmy Eat World.



  • "Oceans" (July 1, 2014)
  • "Elemental Evolution" (January 8, 2016)


  • Elemental Evolution (August 5, 2016)