KANNAPOLIS— Rising country music star and self-proclaimed huge minor league baseball fan Jordan Davis will make stop in Kannapolis this month as part of the “Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour 2018” with Jake Owen and Chris Janson.
Davis has been named an “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT, Pandora and more. His debut single “Singles You Up” climbed up the country charts and spent several weeks on the Spotify US Viral Chart.
The tour began in June with most performances being held in baseball stadiums across the country. The performance in Kannapolis will be on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium and is supported by Atrium Health.
“It’s been really cool,” Davis said of the performances so far. “The shows have just been some of the most fun I’ve played. Summertime in a baseball stadium and country music; you can’t beat that.”
An accidental artist
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Davis was surrounded by music from a young age. Bith of his parents played instruments and he sang in his church choir. The middle of three children, he learned to play guitar around the age of 12 in between baseball and football games.
Davis graduated from LSU and briefly pursued the path of his degree working as an environmental consultant. However his passion for music and songwriting eventually compelled him to move to Nashville in the summer of 2012.
The process was not easy. Davis struggled to find people to write with and instead, he became a bartender.
He continued to hone his songwriting craft on his own; the songs were unusual, mixing his long-running affinity for classic singer/songwriters and modern country radio. Davis heard repeatedly that he was the only person who could perform them and make them work.
“I just had the plan of being a songwriter. I never dreamed about becoming an artist,” he said. “Before I knew it I started playing shows. I just fell in love with it. I decided that if anybody is going to hear these things, it’s going to be from me.”
His decision eventually paid off and after receiving a publishing deal in June 2015, UMG Nashville announced on Leap Day 2016 that the company had signed him to a recording contract. Paul DiGiovanni – a Boys Like Girls guitarist who’s worked with Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay – quickly became one of Davis’ regular co-writers and his producer.
Davis released his debut album “Home State” in March which features the Top 40 single “Take It From Me” which debuted at No. 1 most added at country radio.
He was recently nominated for Best New Country Artist at the Radio Disney Music Awards as well as Nashville Artist-Writer of the Year from the Association of Independent Music Publishers after previously winning The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Abe Olman Scholarship for Excellence.
Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour 2018
The tour began in South Carolina and made its way through stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Davis said this is by far the biggest tour he’s ever been on because of the capacity of the baseball stadiums.
He was humbled back when Owen asked him to be part of the tour.
“It’s been a great summer and I’m grateful to be on it,” Davis said. “Jake’s one of my favorites out there. For him to ask me to come out, meant a lot. It’s been so much fun.”
One of the best stops on the tour so far was Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Davis said the concert was delayed by weather for way over an hour but none of the fans left.
“You come back and you want to put on even more of a show. Jake played his whole set and didn’t cut anything short,” Davis said. “When you have that dedication from fans, you want to go the extra mile. When you get fans that are like that, it makes you want to stay around and perform.”
But he said the best part by far is hearing the fans sing-a-long to his songs.
“It’s the best thing in the world, to be honest with you. Now we have the album out and people are singing the songs back to us,” he said. “There’s nothing better than getting up and singing and having people know the words and request songs.”
For more information about Jordan Davis visit https://www.jordandavisofficial.com/.
Tickets are still available for the concert at the Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the team’s website at https://www.milb.com/kannapolis.