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At the age of 12 David Beckingham moved with his family to Kenya where they lived, with rationed electricity and no phone line, for 2 and a half years.
It was there that he discovered a love for the guitar and singing. 10 years later Beckingham and friend since elementary school, Ashleigh Ball were joined by David Vertesi to form Juno Award nominated Canadian indie group Hey Ocean.
Beckingham has spent the last 12 years focusing on touring, writing and recording with the trio, and all the while his own catalogue of unreleased songs piled up. Naturally when the band decided to take a hiatus back in 2014 Beckingham focused on putting together his own album. Recording plans were delayed by a sudden and severe vocal chord injury. He faced a real danger of irreparable damage and was forced to take 2 months of complete silence and 6 months away from singing. He made a full recovery and in May 2016 Beckingham independently released his debut solo album, Just When The Light. The album is loaded with contrast between existential gratitude, and deep, personal unrest. It’s about light and shadow, and the human predisposition toward always yearning for something other than what you have.
Various friends make guest appearances, including bandmate Ashleigh Ball, Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliot of Vancouver’s Twin Bandit and Beckingham’s father Paul appearing on trumpet on the last track of the album.