The Pulse of Entertainment: Keyboardist Chris Davis Says ‘Focus' on ‘It's All Love' Single from Shanachie Entertainment
10, 2020) - "Most of them I have produced their albums, except Bluey and Dave," said multi-Grammy nominated keyboardist Chris
"Big Dog" Davis about the featured artists on his new album "Focus" (Shanachie Entertainment)
which include Maysa (vocals), Kim Waters (sax), Gerald Albright (sax), Rick Braun (trumpet), Bluey (guitar), Dave Koz (sax),
Marty Quadrato (sax), and Nick Colionne (guitar). "It almost like a wish-list of ‘who would you...'."
The eleven track "Focus" (Shanachie) album is currently promoting its single "It's All Love" featuring
"During the process of this album I was battling cancer - stage 4," Chris confided. "It's
my second bout this year, that's why it's called ‘focus.'"
Aside from the single, some other tracks
on "Focus" include "One Day at a Time," "You are Loved," "Silver Street" featuring
saxophonist Marty Quadrato, "Natural High" and "Just When You Thought You Had Enough" featuring guitarist
Big Dog, a veteran (Marines), said he started working on the project one day when he finished
chemo and his sister sat him down by his keyboard and told him to basically get to work.
"The music saved
me," he said. "It's very powerful when God gives us gifts; we got to use everyone of them."
Davis was a prodigy child playing the piano by the age of four. His mother was choir director at their church, which he played
piano for seven days a week. He was later recruited by the gifted-program at Yale University where he studied classical composition,
and this was before he was 16. At the age of 16 he played on two record singles produced by his church, Refuge Church of Christ.
He went on to college attending the Hartt School of Music. It was Brian McKnight that help launch his career to celebrity
status when in 1995 he performed with Brian as a musician on "The Arsenio Hall Show." He went on to perform with
McKnight on "The Tonight Show" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Through the years Chris has worked with
those featured on "Focus", as well as Kim Burrell, Phil Perry and Avant. He has produced for McKnight, George Clinton,
Will Downing, Syleena Johnson, Norman Brown and Chante' Moore. He is fluent in Jazz, R&B, Funk, Gospel and Pop music.
He has also produced 17 #1 singles on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. www.Shanachie.com
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