These are the production-liner notes for the songs I chose to sing in this session, recorded November 30th – December 1st, 2018, at Bill Jolly Studios, Philadelphia, PA
More about the songs…
BlackStreet w/ Teddy Riley
(Hip Hop-Funk w/ a 1930’s Jazz intro & Neo-Soul ending)
No Diggity is nostalgic for me. It was a very popular song when I was a young kid. We took a “Post Modern Jukebox” approach on veteran producer, Teddy Riley’s, New Jack Swing – Hip Hop beat, turning the opening into a sultry, 12-bar blues & jazz ballad, then transitioning it into a fun, neo-soul vibe. I love making old songs sound new and giving new songs a classic sound.
Be Thankful for What You Got
William De Vaughn
(70’s Soul- Neo Soul):
My producer, Michael, enthusiastically brought this song to me. It was not one I probably would have picked, but when I really sat down and listened to the lyrics, I realized exactly why he picked it. I couldn’t be more grateful and thankful for every single turn of events in my life that have led me down this musical journey, and this song really expresses that. This song is a 70’s Soul classic that instantly reminds me of afros, bell-bottomed pants, suede fringed vests, platform shoes, and urban ‘cool’ from back in the ’70s. If you listen closely, you can hear me speaking at the end of the track, sharing what I’m thankful for!
Love is a Losing Game
In a live performance, Amy talks about how she wrote this song at a time in her life when the relationships she was in were tumultuous. I think a lot of people get to a point where you question love and wonder if it is worth it (you know)? My producer, Michael, and I searched for months for the perfect Blue Note Jazz song to sing. After reviewing almost 100 songs, for over 4 months, we I returned to what was familiar – Amy. We both realized, if we re-arranged the Motown-like, swing feel of Amy’s original, towards a slower, softer, jazzier feel, we will have retained the character of Amy’s song, yet with new musical interpretation.
Sugar Pie Desanto
(The Blues & Vintage Soul)
Classic Sugar Pie! My drummer came to rehearsal one day and said, “Hey Davi, you gotta check this chick out, I think you would really like her.” I went down a deep Sugar Pie rabbit hole and stumbled upon “Soulful Dress.” Something about that song stood out and literally, spoke to me. Fun, Sassy, Flirty. A year later, I HAD to record a Sugar Pie song, since I was working with her last album producer, Bill Jolly!
You Sent Me Flying
I wanted an Amy Winehouse song that was less well-known. This is one of her more obscure songs that really showcases my upper register. I love the piano arrangement and I believe this re-arrangement with its percussive, Latin beat, really adds a lot of character to the song.
Fell in Love with a Boy
(Funk-Soul-Pop & Reggae):
This was a song that was on the very first setlist I used with my band, Davi & The Fuzz. I’ve always loved Joss Stone and this funky synth & bass line makes everyone nod their head. When my producer showed me the live video of Joss singing this song and ending with a reggae beat, I was sold! My producer and I eventually re-arranged the reggae ending into a medley of the ‘call & response’ part of Bob Marley’s classic, “Get Up, Stand Up”.