Today, Okayplayer has premiered a vibrant video for a song called “Testify” from young LA-based soul artist DAVIE. Click HERE to watch it.
DAVIE first began making waves this past September when his six song debut, Black Gospel, Vol. 1, was released, quickly marking him as one of music’s most exciting new artists. A New Jersey native, DAVIE – who sings, writes, and performs all his music – delicately balances R&B rhythms, stark soul, and gospel spirit into a sound wholly his own.
The EP’s lead track “Testify,” with its popping handclaps, unshakable bass line, hypnotic horns, and wild vocal delivery, has already racked up impressive streaming numbers, and is featured in the current Wild Turkey commercial, directed by and starring Academy® Award-winner Matthew McConaughey and co-starring DAVIE.
With a family rooted in songs – his grandmother, Genee Harris, recorded the 50s hit “Bye Bye Elvis,” while his preacher father led the family’s traveling gospel band – DAVIE spent his childhood steeped in music, having toured half the country by the time he was 12, cutting his teeth by performing in churches from Alabama to Texas. After completing his education he moved to Los Angeles where he started a career as a backing singer for the likes of Childish Gambino and Cee Lo Green.
Releasing music under the name of James David, he caught the attention of Selena Gomez who personally invited him to open for her on an arena tour. The experience quietly sowed the seeds for where he would take his own music. As DAVIE, the response from music fans was immediate, and his live shows – most recently on tour with Ruth B – revealed a performer completely at home on stage, a dazzling talent with dues fully paid, ready for the big time.
DAVIE is a name you’ll be hearing a lot in 2018. In the meantime, check out the “Testify” video and watch this space for more…