Lisa Davis is a jazz and R&B singer whose musical roots go down deep. Her father played saxophone with Otis Redding and Dionne Warwick, and her mom was an aspiring jazz singer before Lisa was born. Her parents literally met in her dad’s recording studio, and as Lisa puts it, “my mom came in the studio to record and left with a baby.” Lisa credits her dad and mom with inspiring her early interest in jazz, R&B, and performing.
Lisa has been building on this foundation for the last few years through extensive vocal and musical training with coaches and mentors like Wammie winner Deborah Benner and acclaimed saxophonist Walter Beasley. Her current vocal coach, Vince Evans, is helping Lisa to hear and speak the language of old school jazz and R&B melody so that her singing keeps the tradition alive, avoiding the acrobatic excess of a lot of today’s vocalists.
Evans says, “Lisa is ready for people who listen to Gloria Lynne, Etta James, and Carmen McRae; she’s ready to sing for people who know music.”
INFLUENCES: Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Sade, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Whitney, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé