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Joshua Davis: It Feels Good to Be Home

In exclusive Shalom Life interview, Davis talks 'The Voice,' his love of Paul Simon, and more

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 25th, 2015 in Culture » Music » News

Joshua Davis: It Feels Good to Be Home

Joshua Davis is a rising star.

As a member of Michigan's grassroots community, it wasn't entirely expected that the folk singer/songwriter would become a fan favorite during his participation in NBC's most recent season of The Voice.

In fact, in an exclusive interview with Shalom Life, Davis confirms his own surprise at the positive reception he received during the competition, and leading up to the Final episode, where he took home 3rd place, below Meghan Linsey and winner Sawyer Fredericks.

He wouldn't have anticipated how trendy the #DavisNation hashtag became on Twitter, either.

"No, God, no, absolutely not," Davis explains to me in a phone conversation. "I've been working on my career for some 15 years now, folk music, full time. It's been very grassroots oriented, so to reach this massive fame in front of all these people, and to be received in that way, it was really surprising to me, because what I do is outside of the mainstream."

Seeing this demand for Davis, and his brand of acoustic folk medleys, it only serves to affirm the genre's popularity and established presence in the mainstream music industry. After all, we are living in a world post-Bon Iver winning a Grammy, post-the whole Mumford & Sons craze. And in its wake, we've found a singer who is passionate about his beliefs and about where he comes from, serving as an advocate for Michigan the way Drake reps 'the 6ix.' Anyone who watched The Voice was aware of Davis' close relationship to Detroit, and it seems that many have identified with him in sharing the same loyalty, and affinity, for home.

As stated in previous interviews, home was a "Jewish household" in Detroit for Davis, where he first began his love affair with music. "I think there's so much music involved in the [Jewish] traditions, holidays, and celebrations. It's kind of built in to how we celebrate," he says. "I grew up listening to a lot of Paul Simon, and a lot of Jewish guys who have a love for American music," he continues, adding that Simon is one of his biggest influences.

"He’s a guy that reached out to lots of different cultures," Davis adds, " and its built into our heritage, so that's a big part of who I am and what I do today."

Joshua Davis: Paul Simon one of my "biggest influences"

In a recent Facebook post following The Voice finale, Davis shared with his 50,000 Facebook fans (and following) about his music, as apparently many are not aware of the fact that he already has an established repertoire:

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