|National recording artist Kevin Davidson|
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
National recording artist Kevin Davidson to celebrate 30 years in music
National recording artist Kevin Davidson struck a chord when he penned “Born to Win” (2000), a widely favorite contemporary gospel song that soloists and community choirs near and far still sing with emotional fervor, as if they were indeed born to win.
Davidson has been writing soul-stirring, contemporary gospel songs for decades. Many of them have topped the charts and continue to catapult the singer/songwriter up the echelon in gospel music circles near and far.
On Friday, Aug. 19, Davidson will celebrate 30 years in the music business. A musical tribute is slated for 7 p.m. at The Rock Church Memphis, 6720 East Raines Rd. The doors will open at 6 p.m. The Rev. Darrel Petties will host the musical tribute, while the Rev. Courtney Franklin directs. Both Petties and Franklin are recording artists as well.
Featured guest artists include LeAndria Johnson, James Fortune, the Rev. Tim Rogers, Nakitta Foxx, the Rev. Chris Williams, and Nate Bean & 4Given. The original lead singers of Kevin Davidson & The Voices will make a contribution as well.
The aforementioned gospel artists will pay tribute to Davidson for his work in ministry and the path he’s blazed in music. Memphis has become a hotbed and source for some of the industry’s most talented singer/songwriters. Davidson has been at the top of the heap for years.
“I will be celebrating 30 years of music ministry,” said Davidson, who has generated a following with songs that permeate and stir one’s soul – such as “Fight On” (1998), “Count Your Blessings” (1998), “Our God is Awesome” (1998), “Bounce Back” (2005), “Church Let’s Rock” (2014), “Something Happens” (2014), and many others.
“We’re doing all the music that I recorded over the 30-year period,” said Davidson, acknowledging the late Rev. James Moore, the award-winning gospel singer from Detroit, and the late O’landa Draper, a Grammy-award winning gospel artist and innovative choir director from Memphis, as two class acts that inspired him.
But then he’s cognizant of the higher authority that inspires him to write powerful lyrics and arrange them as songs. “It’s just the Lord,” he said. “The lyrics just come to me.”
His mother, an evangelist at Mt. Zion Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, raised Davidson in the admonition of the Lord after his father died when he was 5 years old. He has since been a continuing presence in the church.
Apostle Lawrence Braggs of Trumpet of Zion Ministries in Little Rock, Ark., licensed and ordained the popular artist to preach the gospel. He is the founder and chief apostle of the Dominion Church in Memphis.
Before his focus in music materialized, Davidson played basketball at East High School, where he graduated in 1989. He is the youngest of his mother’s three children. “I was the average kid,” he said. “I was athletic, then I shifted into music.”
Music has since provided an outlet for Davidson to express himself while leaving an indelible imprint in the industry and a legacy that he hopes his six children with cherish. He says he is happily married and that his children so far are not musically inclined.
Davidson plans to release a new album on the LVP Entertainment, Inc. record label in early 2017. Until then, he’ll continue to strike a chord in the music industry.
(For inquiries or ticket purchases, contact Kevin Davidson at email@example.com)