Jordan Davis is a talented, country singer/songwriter who is currently enjoying chart success with his debut single, “Singles You Up.” This song has already reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and appears headed for the Top 5 or higher. “Singles You Up” is featured on Davis’ debut album called Home State, which will be released on March 23 on MCA Nashville Records (part of Universal Music).
Impressively, Davis has been named an “Artist To Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT, Pandora, The Tennessean and Shazam. He is currently headlining his White Wine and Whiskey Tour with promising artist Jillian Jacqueline as the opening act. This summer, he will be on tour with Jake Owen and Chris Janson.
Davis is from Shreveport, Louisiana, and he grew up in a family which has several musicians & songwriters. His uncle, Stan Paul Davis, wrote two country hits for Tracy Lawrence, and his brother, Jacob Davis, is a Nashville artist signed with the Black River label.
Interestingly, Davis attended LSU (Louisiana State University) and studied environmental science. However, it was after he graduated that he decided to move to Nashville to write songs and become an artist.
After a few years in Nashville, Davis signed a music publishing deal and subsequently secured a label deal with MCA Nashville. Around this time, he started to collaborate with Paul DiGiovanni, who has written a hit for country duo Dan & Shay and was formerly in the rock band, Boys Like Girls. DiGiovanni ended up producing all the songs on Davis’ album, Home State, and co-wrote three songs with him for the album.
We are pleased to do this new Q&A interview with Jordan Davis. He tells how he co-wrote his hit “Singles You Up,” and discusses the songs on his debut album, Home State.
DK: How did you get started as an artist & songwriter? I read that your uncle was a hit songwriter.
Jordan Davis: Yeah my uncle is Stan Paul Davis; he wrote two number one songs for Tracy Lawrence. I grew up listening to his demos. Also, my dad wrote songs around the house and my mom played piano. My brother Jacob (Davis) is actually an artist in Nashville too; he’s signed with the label, Black River. So music was always in the family…we were always listening to music. I didn’t realize how much we listened to music until I got around some other friends, and I’m like, “You mean, you don’t have music playing all the time?” (laughs).
Yeah, the (music) seed got planted pretty early. I grew up listening to songwriters like John Prine, Jim Croce and Kris Kristofferson. The seed got planted and it’s just been growing ever since.
DK: You went to LSU (Louisiana State University) for college. Were you doing music in college or were you studying other things?