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Don Davis


Don Davis

Singer / Songwriter

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Don Davis


Don Davis

Singer / Songwriter

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California


California

New single by Don Davis

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California


California

New single by Don Davis

Listen Now / Get it Free →

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About


About


Don Davis is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based near Washington DC. His music covers a variety of moods and genres, but he has a particular love for melodic pop and rock songs. He has been writing songs for as long as he can remember and has recently set up a project studio to record his music. His musical confidant is his wife, Karen. She inspired his song "California (She's Leaving)" which was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Show Me The Music songwriting contest. He is currently working on his first studio album which will include both original tunes as well as some of his favorite cover songs. 

"I write most of my songs on guitar. Sometimes they flow out of me easily. "California (She's Leaving)" was one of those songs. The first couple of lines came into my head so I sat down with a guitar and the song was done a few hours later. Most songs are not that easy. For example, I wrote the lyrics for "Fingernails On My Skin" as a result of a songwriting course taught by Pat Pattison of the Berklee College of Music. It was an unusual process for me. I normally write a song by starting with the music - a melody, a chord progression, or a hook, then I add the lyrics. In this case, I completed the lyrics first and built the melody afterwards."

INFLUENCES

  • The Beatles
  • Green Day
  • Boyce Avenue
  • Jason Mraz
  • Def Leppard
  • Colbie Callait
  • John Denver
  • Goo Goo Dolls

SET LIST

My setlist is always changing. I enjoy playing cover songs as well as my original music. There is so much great music around and I want to play it all. I especially enjoy doing acoustic versions of songs -- just me and my guitar. In addition to my original songs, here is a selection of songs (in no particular order) that you might hear me play:

  • Rolling in the Deep - Adele
  • Blackbird - The Beatles
  • Your Body Is A Wonderland - John Mayer
  • Collide - Howie Day
  • Come Monday - Jimmy Buffet
  • Girl I Want to Lay You Down - Jack Johnson
  • Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
  • Wicked Game - Chris Issac
  • Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
  • Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
  • Drift Away - Dobie Gray
  • Good Riddance - Green Day
  • Chances - Five For Fighting
  • Levon - Elton John
  • Lights - Ellie Goulding
  • Babylon - David Gray
  • Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
  • You're In My Heart - Rod Stewart
  • So Sick - Ne-Yo
  • Don't - Ed Sheeran
  • I Thought I Knew You - Matthew Sweet