TEXAS SINGER-SONGWRITER / AMERICANA, ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY, ROOTS ROCK ARTIST
Stan Lynch, from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, may have said it best –“It’s as if Don Henley, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers met late one night at a Texas Roadhouse parking lot and beat the crap out of each other and what came out was Jon Christopher Davis. He’s brains, hips and harmonies.”
As a multi-published Texas singer-songwriter and Americana artist, JCD’s songs have been recorded by major-label artists, such as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sherrie Austin, Rodney Atkins, Tammy Cochran, as well as several indie artists. “Little Bird,” recorded by Sherrie Austin, peaked at number 4 on Billboard’s Top Country Singles Sales Chart. He’s also had numerous TV placements.
The Dallas-born, alternative-country-rock, artist has recorded for Warner Brothers, Sony, MCA, Palo Duro Records, and has supplied background vocals for Arista and Curb Records. To date, the McKinney-based musician, entertainer and producer has been featured on/in ABC, CBS, FOX, CMT, the Style Network, Pentagon Network, CW Network, Oxygen Channel, USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Texas Highways, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
He’s collaborated with industry veterans, such as Vince Gill, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Steve Lukather of Toto, Stan Lynch, as well as mega-hit producers, Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) and David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang).
In 2004, his song, “Lone Star Attitude®,” landed and stayed on the Texas Music Chart for over 6 months. The popular song has since transitioned into a trademarked brand for the ARTrepreneur (Lone Star Attitude apparel store at DFW International Airport (C-33), LSA Burger Co. (Denton, TX), and the Dallas corporate event band, Lone Star Attitude).
In 2006, USA Today called JCD’s song, “The Bottom Line,” one of the most intriguing tracks from the past, present and near future. In 2009, he independently released “Demos from the Vault (1999-2009),” a 2-disk CD containing some of his strongest work.
In 2010, the Dallas studio session singer opened JustCoolMusic.com, a Dallas-based sonic branding house that produces custom music to enhance the messaging for organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, National PTA, IBEW, and the Texas Department of Tourism. Just Cool Music’s latest project consisted of producing “Power of a Girl” for the Girl Scout’s 100 year anniversary. The track features members from the Pop-Country group, Lakoda Rayne, as seen on The X Factor and Hayley Orrantia from the hit TV show, The Goldbergs. As one of Dallas’ top studio session singers, JCD’s voice has been featured on over 500 radio and TV commercials for brands, such as TXU Energy, Ford, and American Country Countdown (hosted by Kix Brooks).
In 2012, he was a featured artist on season 1 of Troubadour TX, a national TV show about Texas singer-songwriters chasing their dreams across the Lone Star State – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF8mHGGsL1g.
JCD has shared the concert stage with Jack Ingram, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum, Joe Ely, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Restless Heart, Michael McDonald, Eddie Money, Train, Daughtry, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s house band), Uncle Kracker, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and many others. He’s also performed twice for the President of the United States.
Currently, he’s performing all over TX, doing studio work, and promoting his latest album, “Last Night’s Dinner Party,”which features several guests artists, such as Stan Lynch, John Cowan of the Doobie Brothers and Texas blues legend, Anson Funderburgh.
As JCD says, “For me, music is not a hobby, it’s my life. I believe music is the universal language that connects us beyond country and culture. For a small-town Texas boy with a vinyl dream, I’m now learning how to survive in a digital world. Thank God, I’ve got an analog girl by my side!”
You can find JCD’s music at iTunes and Amazon.
Favorite shows: USS Intrepid (NYC), the Bellagio (Las Vegas), Gruene Hall (oldest dance hall in TX), Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX), Wales Manor & Winery (McKinney, TX)
Influences: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Eagles, Bryan Adams
Currently listening to: Amos Lee, Ryan Adams, Dawes, The War on Drugs
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