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It’s always exciting when a mega-talented artist like Dayna Davis has that big epiphany where singing is suddenly not just a lifelong hobby, but also a destiny she wants to share with the world. For the Detroit native with a classic sound and timeless personality that moment happened three years … Read More
DAYNA DAVIS BIO
It’s always exciting when a mega-talented artist like Dayna Davis has that big epiphany where singing is suddenly not just a lifelong hobby, but also a destiny she wants to share with the world. For the Detroit native with a classic sound and timeless personality that moment happened three years ago during one of many private performances she did with her father’s group, Michael D
avis & Friends.
Equally gifted as a jazz, pop and R&B singer, Dayna cites her chief influences as Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Jill Scott; “combine those three and you get me”, she says. Gospel has also been a large part of her musical life, and she performed extensively and recorded one album with the group Mark Holley and 1-A-Chord, which she was a part of from 2005-2007. The emerging vocalist officially launched her solo career in the fall of 2011 with the release of her first single, a powerhouse version of the Etta James classic “At Last,” and launching her own label, DRD International Records and publishing company, DRD International Publishing. Davis has just begun work on her full-length debut album, on which she promises a mix of originals and a couple of cover tunes.
Beyond establishing herself as an artist, one of Dayna’s goals is to write songs in various genres for other artists. “The reason I am excited about writing for other artists,” she says “is that some of the songs that I write aren’t right for my style, voice or image, which I think is classic and clean, young and fresh, even if many of those who have become fans are older because of the material I have chosen so far. It’s nice to have a diverse audience appreciate what I do. The songs I want to do for my debut will stay classy but also be young, hip and fresh. I see myself as a pop/R&B singer who can do a little jazz. While I’m still in the early stages of making this album, the direction I’m going in will have pop, soul and funk, very classic yet also contemporary. I’m excited to keep performing and see where this amazing journey will take me.”
Davis’ acclaimed debut showcase performance was at the Jazz Café at Music Hall Detroit last year and they have invited her back to perform this fall. Dayna also performed recently in Canada for thousands of people at the Emancipation Festival in Windsor, Ontario. Her sets typically include everything from covers of Natalie Cole, Etta James, Al Green and Bette Midler to jazz standards and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and some of her own original tunes. Dayna’s diversity is one of her great challenges as she is discovering her niche as an artist. While she continues to build a strong following on the live circuit, the prolific singer and songwriter is also establishing herself as an independent entrepreneur.
Smyrna Opera House - Smyrna, DE
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall Detroit - Detroit, MI
Emancipation Festival (Main Stage) - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts - Clinton Township, MI
Detroit Princess Riverboat - Detroit, MI
Southfield Public Library - Southfield, MI
St. Sylvester Church - Warren, MI
St. Patrick Senior Center - Detroit, MI
American House Senior Living - Roseville, MI
FROM THE BEGINNING
Motown native Dayna Davis was born into a musically inclined family in the 80’s, so it’s hardly surprising that even as she only saw singing as a hobby for many years, she has become a true triple threat performer. Classically trained in piano and on alto sax in addition to her natural vocal talent, she has been part of numerous professional workshops and training camps over the years, including Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, songwriting workshops at Berklee College of Music-Boston and workshops with ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). While enrolled as a double major in Pre-Med and Spanish at the University of Michigan, her dad’s group Michael Davis & Friends (in which she was a featured performer) won first prize in a Battle of the Bands at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township, Michigan. She first sang “At Last” as part of a scholarship pageant put on by one of the school’s fraternities – an experience which later inspired her to continue with her musical aspirations.
“Supposedly the late great Etta James was upset that Beyonce sang her trademark song “At Last” for the Obama’s on the night of the Inauguration – but it’s a good bet she wouldn’t have had the same reaction if she heard Dayna Davis’ astounding version, which the Detroit native recorded last year for her first single. From the first words, the singer’s crisp phrasing, perfect clarity and deep soulful emotions draw the listener into a powerful crossroads where the heartache of the past gives way to a sunny moment of joy. It’s only one track, but it marks the emergence of a major talent. Clips of her performance at the Jazz Café in Detroit show a remarkable diversity in styles and genres, but those guttural emotions and charisma are always up front. Now that I know she’s an incredible interpreter, I’m excited to hear some original material!” - Jonathan Widran Read Less