Andy Davis’s background in old-school rock and soul has lent a hand in the artist’s undeniable ear for hooks and melodies. With a sound perhaps classifiable as pop-soul, listening to the artist perform quickly denounces such fast-paced genre-grouping.
One listen to Davis’s track “Unchained Melody” proves such difficulty, as the singer/songwriter croons for a special someone to “wait for me – I’ll be coming home.” While the artist’s style has certainly touched enough hearts nationwide to be considered pop — “Unchained Melody” was featured on the Lifetime original series “Drop Dead Diva,” along with a guest appearance by the artist — the emotion Davis is able to put forth touches listeners much closer to the heart than pretty much anything being played over pop radio airwaves.
Raised in Louisiana, Andy Davis released his first album in 2004, titled Thinking of Her. Entirely a D.I.Y. project, including stenciled album artwork and hand written lyrics, Thinking of Her was no sooner pressed than it had sold out, as college campuses nationwide passed along the release to anyone with willing ears.
Noticing the sudden high demand, Davis remastered and re-released Thinking of Her in 2005, this time bringing national exposure to the artist. It wasn’t long before producer Mitchell Froom, a practically legendary figure in the music scene who has worked with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, and Elvis Costello took notice, and the two would work together to release Davis’s sophomore effort, Let the Woman.
Barnes and Noble quickly snatched up distribution rights to Let the Woman, which would climb the store’s charts to become their #4 best selling record at the time. Davis used the momentum to catapult himself on a nationwide tour, both opening and headlining different dates.
Eventually, Davis would find a deep love and connection to Nashville, where he joined “Ten out of Tenn,” a music collective documented in the award-winning film, “Any Day Now.” He would remain in the city to record his next effort, the 2009 EP New History, which inspired, and was featured in, an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
In 2011, after raising over $41,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, Davis would again join forces with Mitchell Froom to record his latest album, Heartbreak Yellow. Davis’s third full-length, Heartbreak Yellow was released on January 3rd, 2012.
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor