David Mallett is an American singer-songwriter best known for his authorship of the "folk standard" composition "Garden Song". He has recorded for independent record labels for most of his career.
A resident of Maine for most of his life, in the 1980s he relocated to Nashville, and released two albums with the folk and blues label Vanguard. He has since moved back to Maine and established his own label, North Road Records.
In a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bok, Trickett, Muir, and Liam Clancy among others. "Garden Song" was even recorded by the Muppets.
Mallett frequently performs with violinist Susan Ramsey and bassist Michael Burd, with sound by Tom Gordon. He has recorded 14 albums, including The Fable True in 2007, based on Thoreau's last expedition in 1857, and Alright Now a collection of songs including "Beautiful," dedicated to his daughter Molly.