Some artists are born with the intrinsic understanding of what music is meant to make you feel, communicating in notes what many of us can only understand through words. Kate Davis is one of those artists. From a very early age (5, to be exact!) Davis exhibited a deep love for all things music which led her to pick up the violin. Jazz and classical were the initial worlds in which the young prodigy usually dabbled, and as she grew older, she made her switch to the double bass which would eventually transform her career. In anticipation of her upcoming show at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 2nd, get to know the talented performer below.
Her accolades and impressive skill were almost immediate. She played violin and bass in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and was awarded the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award through YoungArts before she even graduated high school. In 2009 and over the next few years, she focused almost exclusively on Jazz and the American songbook, where she was able to develop her own fusion sound to match her playing style. A TEDx talk, an MTV recognition, and Jazz at Lincoln Center performances under her belt, that wasn’t even the beginning. It was when she dabbled in sultry renditions of modern pop songs that the numbers started growing.
In 2014, her cover of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” on the Postmodern Jukebox Youtube channel garnered much attention and nearly 20 million views, opening the flood gates to a world of possibilities. While she continued to create live recordings in this cheeky style, something began to change within her as an artist. Once given more freedom to develop her sound and message, her music evolved into a kaleidoscope of profoundly emotional and powerfully self-aware indie-rock creations that showed the artist in an entirely new light. Her latest album, Trophy–released this year, has gained the attention of platforms like NPR Music, and the single “rbbts” speaks directly to the moody soul in all of us yearning to be heard.
Live, Davis brings together her past musicality and her present spiritual transformation on one stage. Inspiring for young songwriters and musicians to catch live, we can’t wait to experience her performance for ourselves. Don’t forget to snag your tickets to her show on November 2nd, which promises to be one of the most thought-provoking in South Florida this year. Grab them here!
Cover photo by Pancakes and Whiskey.