Album: Honest Woman
Label: Self Released
Crowned ' Detroit’s Queen of the Blues ' in 2015, Thornetta Davis is a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA and is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 DMA’S with 8 awards.
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 revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her song ' Cry ' from that album was featured on the HBO hit TV series ' 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, Bonnie Raitt and many more.
And so to the album ' Honest Woman ' , I don't know about you but when I look at the album artwork there is one word that comes to mind.... Stunning ! ... and that word remains in my mind throughout this beautiful journey of discovery. This is a journey of discovering a very unique talent with an inate gift of telling her story, ups and downs, triumphantly through song,
The album begins with a spoken word piece written and performed by Thornetta's sister Felicia ' When My Sister Sings the Blues ' is a touching tribute to her sisters' incredible gift of singing, songwriting and performing. Immediately the album breaks into the first track leaving no illusion as to what's in store, and again the word stunning jumps straight into my head, as Thornetta delivers ' I Gotta Sang The Blues ' - a duet with harmonica maestro Kim Wilson of Fabulous Thunderbirds fame - with so much passion and feeling that you cannot help but sit up and take notice.
This is about Thornetta, her life, her early influences listening to Motown and blues music, singing in front of the TV to commercials as a young girl, and listening to artists like Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Al Green. The songs are about her journey as the project began to take shape a lifetime ago, ' Am I Just A Shadow ' was the first track written and she thought that she would be making a brand new album, but had little idea that it would take twenty years to reach the finishing line, but she says, ' This has been my dream album ( to make ) '
Contained within are musicians she has worked with over the years, all from Detroit, Michigan who are all players she has admired and wanted to record with. Notables include Kim Wilson, Brett Lucas, Larry McRay's band on ' Set Me Free ', there are a couple of choirs and even one track with over fifty women she has admired throughout her career singing backing vocals, altogether amounting to over 100 Detroit performers.
' Honest Woman ' was inspired by her husband James, who was with her every step of the way and had her back through the whole process, the song was written in ten minutes and she knew that it was the perfect title for the project.
You will thank me for introducing you, if you are not already familiar, to an artist who embodies all the major styles of African American music, think of Bessy Smith, Aretha Franklin and Big Mama Thornton rolled into one. A Queen in most instances is the female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position through right of birth, Thornetta Davis has inherited the rich culture of Detroit's past music scene through birth, the independent state in this case is her world, and she invites you into it on ' Honest Woman ' where she lays out her past and present.
She is regal and majestic, a truly honest woman, she holds the crown ' Detroit's Queen Of The Blues ' and Thornetta Davis rules !