Jon Christopher Davis
|Jon Christopher Davis|
|Birth name||Jon Christopher Davis|
|Born||June 27, 1968|
Jon Christopher Davis (born June 27, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer whose musical style encompasses country, rock and folk. He’s shared the concert stage with Train, Daughtry, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s house band), Michael McDonald, Eddie Money, Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Hal Ketchum, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Restless Heart, Uncle Kracker, Kansas and REO Speedwagon. Davis has also performed twice for the President of the United States. His music has been featured on/in ABC, CBS, FOX, CMT, the Style Network, Pentagon Network, CW Network, Oxygen Channel, USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Texas Highways, the Washington Post and Huffington Post.
Davis began his career in the early 1990s playing the Dallas club scene. In 1996, he moved to Nashville under the guidance of Grammy Award-winner, Rodney Crowell. Crowell mentored Davis upon hearing his demo tape. In 1998, Davis signed with Warner/Chappell Music where he wrote songs for major-label artists, such as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sherrie Austin. In 1999, Davis signed a demo deal with Warner Bros. Records, but the project was shelved by the label for not being Country enough. Davis' self-produced recordings caught the attention of hit producer, Dann Huff, after a meeting was set up by then publisher/manager, Tracy Gershon. Huff signed Davis to his new subsidiary label under Sony Records; but after two years, Sony pulled the plug on the project due to internal politics between Huff and Sony Nashville.
In 2002, Davis signed his third deal with MCA Records where legendary Texas singer-songwriter, Radney Foster, took the role as producer. He also signed a new publishing deal with BMG. After listening to the Foster-produced tracks, MCA executives considered them too left for mainstream radio and shelved the project. Under Foster's and manager, Bill Mayne's, advisement, Davis returned to his Texas roots and signed with indie label, Palo Duro Records. After his debut CD received a nationwide release in 2006, USA Today selected the song, "The Bottom Line," from the album as one of the most intriguing tracks from the present, the past and the near future. The album also caught the attention of popular music critic, Robert K. Oermann, who wrote: "I’m a huge fan of this man’s album. Its second single sizzles with zesty rhythm, yelping vocals, sidewinder guitar and a ridiculously catchy melody. The major-label 'stars' on Music Row have nothing on this guy." Davis co-wrote half the album by himself and the other half with co-writers, such as Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell and Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers).
In September 2008, Davis released the patriotic song, "The Boy I Left Behind," with fellow Texas singer-songwriter, Deryl Dodd. It became the official theme song for The American Fallen Soldiers Project.
In 2009, he was the Texas-statewide voice for TXU Energy and released "Demos from the Vault (1999–2009)." The 2-disk CD features appearances by Vince Gill, Radney Foster, Jon Randall, Steve Lukather (Toto) and Stan Lynch (The Heartbreakers).
In 2011, he co-wrote & produced theme songs for the National PTA, Texas Department of Tourism and others. "Don't Tear Me Down," written for Liberty Institute, received national attention when the Washington Post reported on the controversial legal battle and music video.
In 2012, Davis was a featured artist on Troubadour, TX, a national documentary TV show focusing on indie singer-songwriters.
In 2013, LSA Burger Co., named after Davis' top 40 song and trademark, Lone Star Attitude, opened in Denton, TX. It's the first gourmet burger restaurant to honor the legends of Texas music. Album covers from his personal record collection aline the rooftop bar and popular live music venue. Though Davis isn't actively involved in the business, he is a partner in the venture. There are also two boutique apparel stores located at DFW International Airport (C-33 & E-35) that license the Lone Star Attitude trademark from Davis and one other business partner.
In May 2014, he released the album, "Last Night's Dinner Party." The album features guest artists, such as Maylee Thomas, Annagrey, Anson Funderburgh, Tom Faulkner, Chaz Marie, Cary Pierce (Jackopierce), Stan Lynch (The Heartbreakers) and John Cowan (Doobie Brothers).
In 2016, Davis collaborated with CMA Song of The Year nominee, Max T. Barnes, on several singles and produced eight music videos.
- Jon Christopher Davis Live (2005)
- Jon Christopher Davis (2006)
- Demos from the Vault (1999–2009)
- Last Night's Dinner Party (2014)
- The Boy I Left Behind (2008)
- Relay For Life (2010)
- Don't Tear Me Down (2011)
- Crazy's What I Need (2016)
- Vinyl Revival (2016)
- Sisters Do (2016)
- Boom Box (2016)
- Second Fiddle (2016)
- Don't Let My Love Escape You (2016)
- Hirschfield, Brad. "Washington Post". The Washington Post.