Deborah Davis, vocals
Other musicians, TBA
Deborah Davis is a jazz singer infused with the gospel, Texas blues and a whole lot of soul. A native of Dallas, Texas Deborah began singing as soon as she could speak. Her jazz career began when her high school choir director (who was also a jazz pianist) started adding her to his weekend gigs. Deborah went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Education from University of North Texas followed by Certification in Recording Engineering from Cedar Valley College. Her musical development brought her to NYC in 1986 where she has carved out a niche for herself on the international jazz scene.
Her distinct style of phrasing, extraordinary singing ability and professionalism earned her a nomination of U.S. Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. State Department in 2004. She has sung for dignitaries at United Nations & Embassy affairs including a performance for former President Bill Clinton. Deborah was also invited to Athens Greece by the U.S. Embassy there to headline a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims. Known to musicians as a hard swinging singer who captivates audiences Deborah has been invited to perform with legendary jazz greats Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton, and Clark Terry, as well as a rare opportunity to substitute for Abbey Lincoln here at the Blue Note. Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Lou Donaldson have all shared their stage with Deborah inviting her to jam. Not limiting her talents to the jazz audience, Deborah has also shared the stage with Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. While singing in the house band at Monte Carlo Summer Festival ’08 she opened for Celine Dione, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Diana Ross, Santana, Chicago, Z. Z.Top, and more. Her personal mottos are, “if there’s gigs to be gigged, I’m gigging ‘em”, and “have charts, will travel” which covers most of what she loves to do. Her most memorable performances have been on international stages around the world.
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