Jon Christopher Davis has shared the stage with the likes of Lyle Lovett, Train, Michael McDonald, and The Roots. His songwriting credentials are equally impressive: he has penned tunes for Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, and the Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit, among others.
Music, he says, is part of his DNA. His parents were industry professionals. His mom sang the classics in clubs—Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis. His dad, originally a country crooner, found God and turned to gospel. “I remember watching both of them onstage,” Davis says. “Las Vegas and the church had one thing in common: you could win people over with charismatic performances.”
As soon as he was old enough, Davis began playing bars on Lower Greenville and in the West End. “I was 18 at the time,” he says. “Nobody noticed I wasn’t legal. I had facial hair, I could play a guitar—not to mention, I’d inherited the ability to step up to a microphone with an understanding of how to sing a song and tell a joke.”