Tanya Davis

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Tanya Davis
Origin Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Genres Pop, folk, spoken word
Occupations Singer-songwriter, poet
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Jenn Grant, Benn Ross, Catherine MacLellan, Jim Bryson
Website Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis is a Canadian singer-songwriter and poet, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her style is marked primarily by spoken word poetry set to music.

Background[edit]

Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, she moved to Ottawa for a time after high school to attend university, and then hitchhiked to British Columbia, where she worked in community development[1] before moving to Halifax in 2005.[2]

In 2011, she was named the Mayor's Poet Laureate for Halifax Regional Municipality.

Musical career[edit]

Shortly after moving to Halifax, Davis began performing spoken word poetry at various cafés in the city. She soon recorded an album, Make a List, which was nominated for Female Recording of the Year, Alternative Recording of the Year and Album of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards, along with a nomination for Davis herself as New Artist of the Year,[2] as well as four nominations for the MusicPEI Awards.[1] She was named poet of the year in The Coast's annual year-end reader's poll for 2007.

She followed up with Gorgeous Morning in 2008.[1]

She has toured across Canada and internationally as a poet and musician, both as a solo artist and with Jenn Grant.

Davis attracted international press attention in 2010 when a performance video of her poem "How to Be Alone" became popular on YouTube.[3] She subsequently released her third album, Clocks and Hearts Keep Going, in November 2010.[4] The album was produced by Jim Bryson.[4]

Personal[edit]

Davis has stated in the press that she identifies as queer:

My sexuality is as fluid as my creativity. I don't sit firmly in the category of lesbian, but I don't sit firmly in poet or songwriter either. I love people for people. I think the way I love is queer.[5]

Publishing[edit]

Davis authored a book of poetry titled At First, Lonely in spring 2011, published by Canadian publisher The Acorn Press.

Discography[edit]

  • Make a List (2006)
  • Gorgeous Morning (2008)
  • Clocks and Hearts Keep Going (2010)

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