David Usher was born in Oxford, England to a Thai Buddhist artist Samphan Usher, and a Jewish Montrealer, He has lived in various places such as Malaysia, New York City, California and Thailand since early childhood, before his family settled in Kingston, Ontario. He attended high school at Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. Usher attended Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, majoring in political science.
Born in Oxford England, David Usher lives in Montreal with his family but works and travels all over the world. He is an artist, best selling author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. As a musician he has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won 4 Junos and has had #1 singles singing in English, French, and Thai. Music:
When David is not making music, he is equally passionate about his other life, as a Geek. He is the founder of Reimagine AI, an artificial intelligence creative studio working with companies like Google Brain, and focused on building the interface between artificial intelligence and the human experience.
David is also the founder and creative director of the non-profit, the Human Impact Lab at Concordia University. The Lab uses interactive storytelling to reimagine the story of climate change and the second machine age. David is the co-creator (with Dr. Damon Matthews) of the Climate Clock: Adding the metric of time to the story of climate change.
David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University and his book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run • Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything is out now.
Usher has been involved in such causes as War Child Canada, White Ribbon Campaign and Amnesty International. Usher is featured in the 2001 MuchMusic special Musicians in the WarZone, a humanitarian documentary directed by filmmaker Liz Marshall. In it Usher journeys to the northern border of Thailand to visit a large Burmese refugee community. Usher is on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty.