Rainy Davis

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Rainy Davis
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Davis in 1989
Background information
Birth name Denise Lorraine Davis
Born Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop
Occupation(s) Recording artist, singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, music publisher, CEO
Years active 1985–2010's
Labels Supertronics
Columbia/CBS
Rainysongs Entertainment
Website http://rainysongs.com/

Denise Lorraine Davis, better known by her stage name Rainy Davis, is an American R&B songwriter, singer, and record producer. Out of four Billboard charted singles, Davis is known best for her song "Sweetheart." The single was originally released on the New York-based independent label called Supertronics Records. However, after the song became a hit in the clubs, then on urban radio and eventually crossing over to pop radio, Columbia Records A&R Exec Joe McEwen offered Rainy Davis an attractive production-artist deal for worldwide physical distribution, which included buying Rainy's previous contract from Supertronics. Rainy Davis went on to record two albums for Columbia and received numerous awards for her contributions to hit songs over the years.

In 2005, when digital music distribution was new to the majority of indie artists and label professionals Davis, founder and president of Rainysongs setup her online entertainment company with worldwide digital distribution. This was one of the first digital music distribution labels owned by an African American woman. Davis was also one of the pioneers to structure the foundation for fair digital recording agreements in the U.S.[1]

In 2010 Davis and her company Rainysongs introduced a digital technology platform to North America that empowers independent music professionals to control their digital music content worldwide online.[1]

Biography[edit]

Davis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Even before being famous, Davis was paying her dues. She was singing with a local band called Jamilia (with band members Keith Sweat, Charisse Davis until she joined the female singing group Musique, created and produced by Patrick Adams, which garnered the club pop hits "In The Bush" and "Keep On Jumpin."

After a few weeks of rehearsals with their new band, Musique was out on the road, and Rainy Davis was a live performance member of the female trio group Musique with Becky Bell and Marisa Dejean. Rainy was now on her first tour as a member of a group with two songs that hit #1 on the Billboard Disco Action Charts and then crossing over to a pop hit record. The tour was booked throughout North America by the Norby Walters Agency.

At the request of Amir Bayyan, (personal friend of the Jacksons), Rainy Davis wrote "Sweetheart" for Janet Jackson with her songwriting partner Pete Warner. When the demo was finished, all the songs for Janet's 1986 album Control, had been chosen. Amir Bayyan, Christine Bayyan, and Chris Lord-Alge suggested to Davis that she release the song herself, and, as a result, it became a major hit in the dance and club scene and on urban and pop radio.

Columbia Records signed Rainy Davis in 1987 and dubbed her "America's Sweetheart," then sent Davis on a national tour to support her debut album. The tour included an appearance on Don Cornelius' TV show Soul Train and a performance at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Davis was also a presenter at the Rhythm & Blues awards at Bally's in Las Vegas.

Rainy Davis remains a creative force in the entertainment industry and is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, accomplished music publisher, producer, and recording artist. Her publishing company Rainysongs, is a member of ASCAP and holds controlling interests in the Sweetheart copyrights. Collectively with various album releases by Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri with the inclusion of Sweetheart, album sales exceed 22 million physical records worldwide. Rainy’s additional production and songwriting and releases include; The Cover Girls, "Spring Love" from the "Show Me" album; Inner Life Jocelyn Brown featuring on "I Want Give You Me" from the Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair), Apollo 440 "Sweetheart" sample from The Descending Dudes album; and Rainy Davis‘ "Sweetheart " from the Sweetheart album and more 275 licenses issued by Harry Fox.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums:

  • [2] I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair) Composer, Publisher
  • [3] Sweetheart (1987) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [4] Show Me (1987) Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [5] Ouch (1988) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [6] Best of 1987 - 1990 - The Cover Girls (1996) Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [7] The Greatest Hits - The Cover Girls (1998) Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [8] Life In 1472 - Jermaine Dupri (1998) Composer, Publisher
  • [9] #1's - Mariah Carey[10] (1998) Composer, Publisher
  • [11] Greatest Hits - Mariah Carey (2001) Composer, Publisher
  • [12] The Remixes - Mariah Carey (2003) Composer, Publisher
  • [13] Dude Descending - Apollo 440 (2003) Composer, Publisher
  • [14] Sweetheart (A Story Book Romance) (2011) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [15] The Essential Mariah Carey (2011) Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [16] Sweetheart (Collectors Edition) (2015) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher

Singles:

  • [17] "Sweetheart" (1986) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [18] Lowdown So & So (1986) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [19] Spring Love - The Cover Girls (1987) Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [20] Still Waiting (1987) Primary Artist, Producer
  • [21] 4-Ever (1987) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [22] Indian Giver (1988) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [23] Ouch (1988) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [24] Storybook Romance (1993) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher
  • [25] Sweetheart - Jermaine Dupri (1998) Composer, Publisher
  • Number 1's Sweetheart - Mariah Carey (1998) Composer, Publisher
  • [26] CC'S Mystique (2011) Primary Artist, Composer, Producer, Publisher

Singles[edit]

Year Title US R&B chart Hot

Dance Music

Singles Sales

Dance Music

Club Play

Singles

The Billboard

Hot 100

Rhythmic

Top 40

1986 "Sweetheart"[27] 24 13 42
1987 "Lowdown So & So"[27] 14 39 9
1987 Spring Love - The Cover Girls[4] 82 98
1987 "Still Waiting"[27] 41
1988 "Indian Giver"[27] 41 16
1998 Sweetheart - Jermaine Dupri[28] 24

Albums[edit]

Year Title US

R&B

Chart

The Billboard

200

Top

Electronic Albums

Top

Internet Albums

1979 I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair) - Inner Life[2] 47
1987 Sweetheart - Rainy Davis 61[27]
1987 Show Me - The Cover Girls[4] 74[4] 64[4]
1988 Ouch - Rainy Davis[5]
1998 Jermaine Dupri - Life In 1472

The Original Soundtrack[28]

1[8]
1998 Jermaine Dupri - Life In 1472

The Original Soundtrack[28]

3[8]
1998 #1's - Mariah Carey[29] 6[9] 4[9]
2001 Greatest Hits - Mariah Carey[29] 36[11] 52[11]
2003 The Remixes - Mariah Carey[29] 25[12] 26[12] 26[12]
2003 Dude Descending [13]
2004 The Remixes - Mariah Carey[29] 1[12]
2011 The Essential Mariah Carey[29] 42[30]
2013 Greatest Hits - Mariah Carey[29] 52[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "President". rainysongs.com. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b "I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair) - Inner Life | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Sweetheart - Rainy Davis | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Show Me - The Cover Girls | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Ouch - Rainy Davis | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  6. ^ "The Best of 1987-1990 - The Cover Girls | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  7. ^ "Greatest Hits [Mars] - The Cover Girls | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  8. ^ a b c "Life in 1472 - Jermaine Dupri | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  9. ^ a b c "#1's - Mariah Carey | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  10. ^ "#1's - Mariah Carey | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Greatest Hits - Mariah Carey | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "The Remixes - Mariah Carey | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  13. ^ a b "Dude Descending a Staircase - Apollo 440 | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  14. ^ "Sweetheart (A Story Book Romance) - EP by Rainy Davis on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  15. ^ The Essential Mariah Carey, 2011-01-10, retrieved 2015-12-31 
  16. ^ "Sweetheart (Collectors Edition) by Rainy Davis on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  17. ^ "Rainy Davis - Sweetheart". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  18. ^ "Rainy Davis - Lowdown So & So". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  19. ^ "The Cover Girls - Spring Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  20. ^ "Rainy Davis - Still Waiting". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  21. ^ "Rainy Davis - 4-Ever". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  22. ^ "Rainy Davis - Indian Giver". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  23. ^ "Rainy Davis - Ouch". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  24. ^ "Rainy Davis - Story Book Romance". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  25. ^ "Sweetheart - Jermaine Dupri | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  26. ^ "CC'S Mystique (Radio Version) - Single by Rainy Davis on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  27. ^ a b c d e "Sweetheart - Rainy Davis | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  28. ^ a b c "Jermaine Dupri | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  29. ^ a b c d e f "Sweetheart - Mariah Carey | Song Info | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  30. ^ "The Essential Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 

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