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Interview:
Jordan Davis at Majestic Theatre, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Just one album into his recording career, Jordan Davis has accomplished quite a bit.



The country singer from Louisiana moved to Nashville to be a songwriter but wound up being signed as an artist. His 2018 debut album "Home State" has been certified gold, with two Top 5 singles -- "Singles You Up" and "Take It From Me" -- and a third, "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot," climbing the charts. He's also released a duet, "Cool Anymore," with fellow songwriter Julia Michaels.



Davis, 31, and his wife Kristen welcomed their first child, a daughter, in November, and another new arrival -- his second album -- is currently in production...



Davis says by phone that he's "definitely been very blessed by his early success. Im very kind of shocked. I mean, I knew we were putting out some good music, but the way fans have reacted and country radio has embraced me, it's really amazing."



Some of the songs on "Home State" date back as far as 2013, but Davis says he and producer Paul DiGiovanni "just took a lot of time to really focus in on 12 songs that I was really proud of. I think that's one of the reasons why (the album) has had the success and life that it's had. We're coming up on three years of this record, and we're still going strong and people are still playing it and singing these songs. I think it's just taking the time to really put together a piece of work you love."



Davis credits his song publisher with convincing him to try to be an artist rather than a songwriter behind the scenes. "I played a few writers rounds and I really loved performing my songs. But the guy who signed me to my first publishing deal called me in for a meeting one day and said, 'Man, I think you've got a lot more voice than you think you do. You should look at playing some shows and seeing if that's something you're passionate about.' It took one show; I booked the show (in 2014), hired a full band, and afterwards all I could think about was, 'Man, I got to do more of that.' The dominoes just started falling from there."



Davis says "Cool Anymore" was inspired by his wife, who would tell him when he came home from touring that "You don't have to be cool anymore. It's just us. There's no show. There's no people trying to take pictures...That really stuck with me. The song's just a reminder to be yourself." He also heard the song as a duet and reached out to Michaels, who he'd met during a writing collaboration back in 2017. "I've been wanting to work with Julia since I met her. I think she's one of the most talented artists out there. So I was really stoked when I found out she wanted to be part of it."



Davis is "continually writing songs" for his sophomore album and says he has seven that he's "pretty fired up about." Nevertheless, he's not rushing the process. "I'm still writing and trying to get it right. I don't mind taking a little more time to get it where I want to be. I really just two, three months ago started getting into a headspace where I felt confident as a writer and really fired up about what I was writing and felt like I was actually saying something. It's definitely time, but I'm glad I didn't force something out there."



Jordan Davis plays Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Hailey Whitters opens. Doors at 7 p.m. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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