Nashville music producer seriously injured in Midtown attack

David Brainard
Courtesy: AmpliFLY Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville music producer and a woman were injured in an attack in Midtown over the weekend.

David Brainard and Deborah DeLoach were crossing the street in a crosswalk at 1505 Demonbruen Street around 1 a.m. Sunday when DeLoach was struck by a gray or charcoal 4-door Infiniti sedan.

Police said a female passenger got out of the vehicle and began cussing at her before Brainard put himself between the two women.

According to police, the driver of the car then got out and punched Brainard before placing him in a chokehold until he was unconscious.

The male driver then reportedly began attacking DeLoach.

Friends of Brainard told News 2 he is in good spirits, despite undergoing surgery Tuesday. Brainard left the hospital Thursday evening.

“Dave is a fighter and a positive force and soul,” recording Artist Jamie Kent said. “He is pushing through and staying in positive spirits when I know most people wouldn’t.”

Brainard is producing Kent’s forthcoming album “American Mutt.” The two have been friends since shortly after the musician moved to Nashville.

“I was just in shock, to be honest,” Kent said. “Dave is just such a kind soul and everybody who comes in contact with Dave just loves Dave.”

People wanting to help Brainard financially should donate at

According to the organization’s website, it provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.

The male suspect is described as being 6 feet 2 inches tall around 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a suit.

The female suspect is around 5 feet 6 inches tall and was wearing a dress at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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