Jackson, Mississippi native, Anne Davis‘
Self-produced album, a compilation of thought-provoking upbeat tempos and ballads from the “folk-alternative” artist, has been turning ears as it has traveled throughout the U.S. and beyond by receiving quite favorable college radio airplay. Davis wrote all fifteen tracks, and the “organic feel” of the melodies is attributed to the defining instruments you’ll find on the album.
“What I really wanted to go for was to put together a project using only real instruments….and that meant no compromise with using any type of fabricated sounds, including drum machines.” And, that’s exactly what you’re going to hear–such instruments as the cello, violin, upright acoustic bass, mandolin, accordion, penny whistle and the uilleann pipe on the CD. “I wanted everything to be real….for me, as an artist, it only made sense for the production of the project to be as soul-baring as the lyrics.”
Sharing a bit of background, Davis matter-of-factly will tell you, “I perform, sing, and write simply because that’s what I do. I’ve been writing and singing since I was a little girl, giving concerts for my Siamese cat, Feather, and our Greyhound, Zip, in the backyard with my tennis racket guitar. It just seemed the thing to do. Years later, I’m still finding myself writing and scribbling down song lyrics on napkins or backs of envelopes–and this time, playing to larger audiences beyond an attentive cat and dog. Apparently, it’s just a part of who I am and why I’m here.”
Although Davis’ singing began at an early age around the house and in church, she really began pursuing music seriously while attending college. During a weekend retreat her sophomore year at Mississippi State University, Anne bit the bullet and performed a song she had written. “Nervously, with hands shaking, heart pounding, I got up and shared for the first time one of my own songs and the response was completely mind-blowing. I remember sensing that evening that something truly significant had taken place that would alter my life forever. I was left reeling for days….I guess it all started that night. Somehow, I’ve had gigs ever since.”
Anne’s passion for music bleeds over into camaraderie with fellow musicians, which has taken her overseas to perform in music festivals in Hungary. She says she would love to play in Eastern Europe again in the future, and spread over into Western Europe as well. After college, Anne moved to Nashville to plug into the artists/music community.