Detroit’s Queen of the Blues
Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis, a multi-talented International singer and songwriter from Detroit, Michigan is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 DMAs with eight awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.
Backed by her great band of Detroit musicians, she first gained attention in 1987 when she became back-up singer for the Detroit soul band Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis. In 1996, Thornetta recorded her first solo album Sunday Morning Music on the Seattle-based label Sub Pop which received a rave review in Entertainment Weekly. Her song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit The Sopranos.
Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation.
In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the Lillith Fair at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theatre, hosted by Sarah McLachlan…that same evening she attended the Detroit Music Awards where she proudly accepted two of the over 30 Music Awards that she has won over the last 20 years for Best R&B/Blues Vocalist and Best R&B Group.
In 2000 Thornetta opened the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden with Detroit phenomenon Kid Rock. New York’s star-studded event captured Detroit’s “Princess of the Blues” in all her glory! In 2001 Thornetta Davis was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame. Thornetta performed on Wednesday nights for seven years at one of Detroit’s favorite live music venues, the Music Menu, located in Greektown in downtown Detroit until its closing in 2003. Three years before that final Wednesday, Thornetta recorded a live performance on one magical night at the Menu and called it Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu. This CD is a collection of Thornetta’s most requested cover tunes.
The magic comes through and touches you and makes you feel like you’re right there watching her as she takes you on a spiritual journey to the depths of her soul. Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu won Best R&B/ Blues Recording at the Detroit Music Awards 2002.
In 2006 Detroit’s “Princess of the Blues” appeared again with Kid Rock during the Super Bowl week on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2007 Thornetta performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and took a bit out of the “Big Apple” on The View and The David Letterman Show.
Thornetta has electrified audiences worldwide with tours to Italy, Blues festivals in Tunisia, Lucerne, Switzerland; Sweden, Paris, France; Norway, Germany, Holland, England, and Canada.