about josi davis
Josi Davis is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist and dynamic multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from the D.C./Baltimore area where she began performing at an early age, finding outlets for her wild theatrical nature and imaginary characters in anything from family pageants to an appearance as a young Puck at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Her studies in music and theater were exceptional and intense, greatly influencing her art, along with some entertaining but questionable life choices and many a reality check. In short, Josi Davis took the hard road. Her one constant: Songwriting.
Josi's perception of the world and her experiences, her fun-loving and genuinely heart-felt disposition, her fondness for mischief and a series of inevitable misadventures evolved into a rivetingly intimate and continuously ripening show of songs and (mostly) true stories called The Evolution of Love. The 2014 soundtrack was released to great acclaim as a live in-studio album of original work, nominated "Best Album" in the Connecticut Music Awards, and lauded as "one of the most powerful live experiences of the season."
Josi Davis is a provocative storyteller, "...a powerful and distinctive vocalist and a songwriter whose appreciation for all manners of musical styles is evident in her work. Some call Davis a practitioner of "nouveau cabaret," and that certainly provides a sonic indicator." (Rick Koster, The Day).
Foreshadowing the March 2018 release of the EP Love/Rain, a monumental six-song collaboration with producer and arranger Louis Anthony deLise (Patti LaBelle, William DeVaughn, John Gibbs), Josi's single, "Calling" topped smooth jazz and groove listener charts in Canada during its preview release, and even earned a nod from the Grammy nominations committee. "Calling" and each of the songs on Love/Rain show that Josi's approach to the musical paradigm embraces many inspirations, creating a special world for each new expression of lyric and sound in both writing and delivery.
"[Josi Davis' ] voice can exhibit Joni Mitchell's smoky fragility, Phoebe Snow's full bodied barroom belt, and Ann Wilson's rock-and-roll wail. Occasionally, they come out all at once..." (Grace Magazine). Her voice is captivating and unmistakeable, her performances indulging and flavor-full; a tapas fare of life's truths and love's pizzazz.