It was a dream of becoming a songwriter that first brought Shreveport, Louisiana native Jordan Davis to Nashville in 2012. A lot has changed for 2020 ACM Best New Male Artist of the Year nominee since moving to Music City. From signing a record deal with MCA Nashville and racking up over one billion streams of his debut album Home State to touring the country playing for fans and notching three consecutive No. 1s with Platinum-certified “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me” and most recently “Slow Dance In a Parking Lot,” one thing has remained constant for the breakthrough hitmaker, his love for the craft of songwriting. That passion continues to drive his latest project, a self-titled EP out May 22.
“We closed Home State with ‘Leaving New Orleans’ and it was one I almost didn’t record…I got too caught up in the lyrics and worried if you were not from New Orleans you wouldn’t be into the song. But at shows across the country people would sing the chorus back to us. The location didn’t matter to them, it was the meaning behind the lyrics that struck a chord. I wanted to lean into that and create more songs like it for this project.”
Davis toes that rare line between commercial viability and intricate songwriting. A paradox of reflective and feel-good, he proves the two are not mutually exclusive with his new EP. Teaming once again with Home State producer Paul DiGiovanni, Davis delivers the catchy hooks and the sing-a-longs that have become his signature, with tracks like “Ruin My Weekend” and latest single “Almost Maybes” written with songwriting heavy weights Jesse Frasure and Hillary Lindsey, while going deeper with the personal “Detours” and spiritual “Church In A Chevy.” It’s an artistic dichotomy Davis has been aware of since he started listening to music as a kid.
“When I was little I never got to be in charge of the music on a family road trip,” Davis notes. “My go to guys were John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Don Williams…that’s who I grew up loving but that wasn’t necessarily getting the party started, you know? Then when I went to college, I got really into Usher, John Mayer and Maroon 5. Still love ‘em!”
From Prine to pop, you can hear both musical influences bubbling under the surface of Davis’s work, a constant creative tug-of-war where there are no losers, just a growing fan base anxious for new music and an artist ready to give it to them.
“Home State is over two years old…I was ready to get new music out,” Davis continues. “I wanted to create a bridge between the two albums…a nod to where we’ve been and a preview of where we are going.”
Currently off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis is relishing extra time at home with wife Kristen and daughter Eloise. Constantly writing new music, he is hard at work on his next album and its life’s changes, both personally and professionally, that continue to inspire Davis’s writing.
“Touring the country and sharing Home State with the fans these last couple years, I’ve realized we all have a lot more in common than we think,” Davis reflects. “It inspires me to be more honest when I’m writing because if I’m going through something…chances are so is someone else. Every time I step in that writer’s room it is an opportunity…an opportunity to create something that resonates, that lasts, and that hopefully makes a difference.”
Luke Bryan just released his brand new single, “Waves,” this morning (April 9th). The song, written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, is featured on the deluxe edition of his album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE, which is available today.
He immediately gravitated toward the song the moment he heard it. “’Waves’ is a song about kids falling in love during the summer and just all the images and everything about just how beautiful that summer love is and how the emotions just keep coming in waves,” he says. “‘Waves’ is kind of a play on words, and I feel in love with the song the second I heard it.”
BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE was originally set to release last April, but due to the pandemic the project was moved to August and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making it Luke’s sixth consecutive appearance in the top position. The album became his eleventh top 10 album on Billboard’s Top 200 since his first appearance with 2009’s DOIN’ MY THING.
The album contains his current smash single “Down To One” as well as four No. 1 hits so far- “Knockin’ Boots,” “What She Wants Tonight,” “One Margarita” and “Down To One,” which landed as Luke’s 26th career #1 single.
Luke Bryan (Waves) OC: …I heard it. :21
“’Waves’ is a song about kids falling in love during the summer and just all the images and everything about just how beautiful that summer love is and how the emotions just keep coming in waves. ‘Waves’ is kind of a play on words, and I feel in love with the song the second I heard it.”
Jordan Davis is set to hit the road with Kane Brown on the Blessed & Free Tour beginning this fall. Pre-sale starts April 15th, with general on sale tickets on Friday, April 16th.
Jordan says, “I’ve been waiting for over a year now to say this…It’s coming back…So pumped to hit the road with one of the best dudes out there.”
The Louisiana native’s current single, “Almost Maybes,” is sitting Top 15 on the country charts.
I’ve been waiting for over a year now to say this…It’s coming back…So pumped to hit the road with one of the best dudes out there @kanebrown this fall. Pre-sale starts next Thursday 4/15, general on sale next Friday 4/16 pic.twitter.com/56JxdQS96h
— Jordan Davis Music (@JordanCWDavis) April 8, 2021