Hollister is cousin of musical artists act K-Ci & JoJo. He started developing fame as a musician in the early 1990s. Some of his biggest early appearances were with 2Pac on tracks like "Brenda's Got a Baby" and "Keep Ya Head Up" where he was credited on both as "The Black Angel" as well as the original version of "Don't You Trust Me." The remake of which was released on Loyal to the Game.
His next big move was when he was signed to Teddy Riley's R&B group Blackstreet in 1994. He worked with the group on their first album and then left the group to pursue his own solo career. He was signed to DreamWorks Records and began working on an album.
In 1999, Hollister released his first album, Ghetto Hymns. The album was successful, going gold, and creating one hit single, "My Favorite Girl". "My Favorite Girl" reached #10 on the R&B charts.
Hollister's follow-up album, Chicago '85... The Movie was released in 2000. The album was an autobiographical work and went gold. "One Woman Man" the album's biggest single, reached #8 on the R&B charts. Also in 2000, Dave Hollister collaborated on "He Say, She Say" with Keith Sweat on "Don't Have Me" and also was part of the "Romeo Must Die" Soundtrack with "Pump the Brakes".
For his third effort, Hollister moved to Motown Records. He hoped the new label would instill new energy into his music. The album, Things In the Game Done Changed was released in 2002 and fared poorly on the charts and radio.
As a result of the album's shortcomings, Hollister returned to DreamWorks where he released Real Talk in 2003. Following the album's release, Hollister moved to Gospo Centric.
Hollister is reportedly wrapping up his fifth album in the industry, The Book of David: Vol. 1 The Transition. The album will be coming out on September 26, 2006 from Gospo Centric.
He currently serves as Assistant Minister of Music for New Direction Christian Church satellite location in Collierville, Tennessee.
Dave has also reunited with his former group Blackstreet and will be performing with them on their upcoming reunion tour along with Guy, Blackstreet's founder Teddy Riley's other group. In addition to Riley, Blackstreet members Chauncey Hannibal, Mark Middleton, and Eric Williams will be a part of the reunion. Guy members in addition to Riley will include brothers Aaron Hall andDamion Hall. Teddy Riley has decided to only focus on Blackstreet and Mark Middleton and Eric Williams are no longer a part of the reunion. Blackstreet's lineup has tweeked again and now Mark Middleton & Eric Williams are back along with Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister. Chauncey Hannibal was there but is no longer with the group anymore as he's pursuing a solo career.
Teddy Riley, Dave Hollister, Mark Middleton, and Eric Williams will start touring in 2011.
Chauncey has returned to the group & now Mark & Eric are no longer with the group so the current Blackstreet lineup consist of Teddy Riley, Chauncey Black, Dave Hollister, & new members Lenny Harold, & Tony Tyler. Unfortunately Teddy & Chauncey had another falling out & touring member Sherman "J-Stylz" Tinsdale has joined as a touring member along with Riley, Hollister, Harold, & Tyler who are now also going by the moniker BS2 due to Hannibal owing the Blackstreet moniker.
D. Hollister was also active as a session vocalist in the house music circuit, particularly lending vocals for Chicago's own Larry "Mr. Fingers" Heard track "Love And Justice" released in 1989. According to Larry Heard's own account Dave Hollister was supposed to do vocals on his classic track "What About This Love" but failed to made it to the studio and Larry ended up singing them himself.
E. Currently Dave Hollister is working with the United Tenors, Fred Hammond, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson.