Thornetta Davis

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Thornetta Davis
Born (1963-08-11) August 11, 1963 (age 55)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Detroit blues, rhythm and blues, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active1987present
Labels Sub Pop

Thornetta Davis (born August 11, 1963) is an American Detroit blues and rhythm and blues singer. [1] She has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, and Etta James, and sang backing vocals on Bob Seger's 1991 album, The Fire Inside . [2] [3] She also worked with Kid Rock and Alberta Adams, and has released two full-length solo albums.

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Detroit blues

Detroit blues is blues played by musicians residing in and around Detroit, Michigan, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s. Detroit blues originated when Delta blues performers migrated north from the Mississippi Delta and Memphis, Tennessee, to work in industrial plants in Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s. Typical Detroit blues is similar in style to Chicago blues. Its sound is distinguished from Delta blues by the use of electric amplified instruments and more varied instrumentation, including the bass guitar and piano.

Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, and aspirations.



Davis was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States. [4]

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

After entering a local talent contest at the age of 15, Davis went on to join the group Jas which disbanded in 1983 and then she, and another former member of Jas, and two of her high school friends formed Chanteuse, a vocal group covering old R&B hits. She was recruited as a backing vocalist by Lamonte Zodiac & the Love Signs, a local soul group based outfit, who later became the Chisel Brothers. By 1991, Davis had moved on to back up singing for Big Chief, who recorded a couple of albums for the Sub Pop label. Following the group disbanding, Davis was signed to a solo recording contract with the same label, and issued an EP, Shout out to the Dusthuffer (1995), and the following year she released her first solo album Sunday Morning Music. [4] One reviewer commented "Davis' singing is just wonderful - she's got a rich, warm voice". [5] A song from the album, "Cry", was used in the "Isabella" episode of the HBO television drama, The Sopranos . [3] Earlier in 1992, Davis had appeared at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, and sang on stage with Bonnie Raitt and Katie Webster.

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

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Backing vocalist singer who provides vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists

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Between 1997 and 2003, Davis was a backing vocalist for Kid Rock, appearing on his albums, Devil without a Cause (1998) and Kid Rock (2003), and she also sang on Kid Rock's single, "Wasting Time". In 2000, Davis performed backing vocals with Kid Rock when he opened the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden. [3] Davis performed on the soundtrack for the 2001 film, Osmosis Jones . In addition, her voice was used on the television program, Xena Warrior Princess . Davis has also covered the blues standard, "I Just Want to Make Love to You".

Kid Rock American musician and rapper

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<i>Kid Rock</i> (album) 2003 studio album by Kid Rock

Kid Rock is the self-titled sixth studio album by Kid Rock, his fourth Atlantic Records album. It was released in 2003. It was critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, which named it one of the 50 Greatest Albums of 2003. "Black Bob" and "Jackson, Mississippi" were recorded for his 1996 album Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp in 1995, but were left off the album. "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Cold and Empty", "Intro", "Hillbilly Stomp" and "Run Off to LA" were recorded for the demo sessions for 2001's Cocky, but did not make the cut as well. "Feel Like Makin' Love" originally had Sheryl Crow on the song. Country singer Kenny Chesney co-wrote "Cold and Empty".

VH1 American cable television network

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She guested on Alberta Adams' 2008 album, Detroit is My Home. [6]

Alberta Adams American singer, musician

Alberta Adams was an American blues singer.

In 2014, Davis performed at the Concert of Colors in Detroit with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is an American orchestra based in Detroit, Michigan. Its main performance center is Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood. The DSO performs throughout the metro Detroit area in both paid neighborhood series concerts and free community concerts.

In 2017, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Best Emerging Artist Album category, for her latest album, Honest Woman. [7]


YearTitleRecord label
1996Sunday Morning Music Sub Pop
1998Shout out to the DusthufferSub Pop
2016Honest WomanIndependent



At the Detroit Music Awards, Davis was voted Outstanding Blues Artist in 2004 and 2006, and Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2014. [9] In 2018, she won the following Detroit Music Awards: Outstanding Blues Artist/Group; Outstanding Blues Songwriter; Outstanding Blues Vocalist; Outstanding Video/Limited Budget for “I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright)”; Outstanding Urban Songwriter; and Outstanding Urban Vocalist. [10]

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