Oct 23, 2018
Davie is Nashville-based
performer, producer, writer, and musician—his EP “Black Gospel Vol.
1” is available on iTunes
I first met him years ago in LA through mutual friends; it was
probably on a dance floor. I’m sure of it. We bonded
over our shared love of Beyoncé, and the rest is history.
Davie has performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City
Limits. You’ve probably heard his music on the Wild Turkey
commercial with Matthew McConaughey, or on ESPN College Gameday.
He’s in the thick of ‘making it’. His dreams, years of hard
work are paying off. But he’ll be the first to tell you none
of this was overnight. His now is happening because of the
silent, unnoticed by man years of laying the groundwork.
You’ve seen his success; today we’re talking about the hustle
that got him there.
The Slow Climb
“People see the end result, but they don’t see the
- One of Davies first breaks came when he was a dancer and singer
on Glee when he first moved to Los Angeles. He landed this
opportunity by reaching out to the show’s music director. You
never know what will happen when you put yourself out there.
- When the show ended, he had new connections that brought him to
work on Cee Lo Green’s Christmas album, among other projects. Most
recently, this connection enabled him to work with Donald
- He continued to send out emails looking for work.
“I’ll email anybody. When I was in high school, I
emailed P. Diddy. He didn’t email me back.”
- He recalls numerous shows where the crowds were small, mostly
comprising of friends and friends of friends.
- “Never get so focused on the people above you that
you don’t look at your peers.”
What if I Didn’t Put Myself in a Box?
- After multiple shifts in work and perspective, Davie is happy
with where he is right now.
- When it comes to surrounding yourself with people
professionally or romantically, he thinks, “Why would
you want to be someone’s maybe? Don’t settle for
- It’s important to surround yourself with those who inspire you.
Changing your surroundings will change your outlook on life.
- Though he has felt pressure to fit into certain styles of song,
he notes that one particular song that he didn’t feel super
connected to was able to connect to the people who listen to it in
a powerful way and it’s beautiful to witness.
- He is inspired by photography and seeing the vision others have
for life. He strives to create a vision and connect with others
- “They individually feel connected to you by having
personal moments in your music that you know nothing about. They
come to a show and you feel that energy.”
- He remembers seeing Post Malone performing at Lollapalooza and
witnessing him speaking life toward the audience’s
- “Hopefully your art can make them feel
- Davie notes his experience at Beyoncé and Jay Z ‘On the Run
Part II Tour’ being “fully and powerfully their black
selves,” and seeing people of all races listening and
connecting in the audience.
The Heart Behind Black Gospel Vol. 1
“I try to have church for folks who will never step
foot in church.”
- This latest album comes after his mixtape called “Music by
Davie,” marking his switch from going by James David to Davie.
- Davie sees this album as bringing himself back to where he
started: church. It reflects a lot of his questioning of his
- The album came at a time of transition for him in life with his
family and also a time of transition for the country with the 2018
- He recognizes that Heaven Calling is really the heartbeat of
the album, with the focus being the realization that one day his
parents will die and one day he will die.
- One line from the song is “I can’t stand getting
older while my dreams get younger.”
Looking forward, he is excited to be having a new single coming
out next fall. You guys, I got him to sing for you on the podcast!
He sings Roll With Me… it is so good. I got chills. You can connect
with Davie at his website or
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