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Danny Davis Jr.

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Danny Davis Jr is an American guitarist and songwriter working as a solo artist, studio musician and/or guitarist for the smooth jazz band, Cindicate.


Danny Davis Jr began playing piano as a child (age 10) through weekly piano lessons. He then began to play drums in elementary school and continuing through his senior year. The turning point however was when he began learning guitar at age 12. Davis studied with classical guitarist, Sally Bowman. Growing up around jazz music his entire life formed the backbone of what would later become instrumental in his playing style. In the early 80s Danny moved to Los Angeles, California to attend Musicians Institute of Technology in the GIT department. Danny studied with guitar legend Frank Gambale and Grammy Award winning guitarist, Norman Brown. These mentors would become a major force in his guitar development and sound.

His professional music career began in 1986 after his move Los Angeles, California. A short time later, Davis played on "A Man Called E", by recording artist "E", A_Man_Called_E also known as Mark Oliver Everett, front man for the rock band "eels". Over the next 8 to 10 years Danny's guitar work appeared on various commercials and recordings in the genre of rock, jazz, pop and occasionally country. In 1996 Davis became the main songwriter and guitarist for the Christian band, All Good. Mostly a live band, All Good did release an album titled "All Good" and a follow up mini album consisting of 4 songs.

ALL GOOD[edit]

Upon the release of All Good's debut album, All Good performed around the midwest appearing at Cincinnati's annual event "Taste of Cincinnati" as a guest of the Christian radio station WAKW. Danny and All Good performed over 50 concerts and Christian church events. All Good consisted of vocalist Stewart Mallon and Bruce Long and featured a backing gospel choir from members of Revelation Baptist Church in Cincinnati. Journey musicians Jeff Wilson, Mike Svach, Dave Svach, and Mike Krieger contributed to the recordings and live events.


Davis began performing and recording with the band "Cindicate" in 2017, releasing the albums "More to Come" in 2018 and "My New Life" in 2019. The Cindicate appeared on Cincinnati's Good Morning Cincinnati on Cincinnati TV station, "Local 12", and performs live several times a month throughout the United States. Cindicate originated as an instrumental band with songs and arrangements of current pop hits written by Davis. Musicians Chris Maines, Thad Southwick, and Dan McNulty helped to create the Cindicate sound before adding vocals into their live sets by Alexa Hartfield. The sound of Cindicate is similar to Danny's debut album, "Soar Above".

Solo Work[edit]

During the COVID period of 2020, Danny wrote and recorded his first solo album, "Soar Above", widely released at the start of 2021. This period allowed for Davis to record 11 tracks for the album, playing each of the instruments on Soar Above that consisted of electric, classical and steel string guitars, piano/keyboards, bass and drums/percussion. You can hear all the influences Davis has built on throughout his life on this album, from the smooth jazz songs, "Me and You" and "Morning Sand" to the country and jazz combined "September", to the haunting "Light of the World". The song "Lonely at the Bottom" was originally written with eels front man Mark Oliver Everett, re-recorded for the Soar Above album.



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