Sha Davis is the lead singer of Sha Davis & The 1990s, PBR&B/alternative R&B original band in Houston that does live shows that are incredibly unique. They use live vocal, instrument loopers, and other equipment to create an echoed and hauntingly full cinematic sound
SwagHer: It’s been a few years since we last spoke. Please refresh our audience on who Sha Davis is.
Sha: Yes, it has been a few years! I’m so happy to have the chance to speak with you again! I am a singer/songwriter from Mississippi, currently living in Houston leading the band “Sha Davis & The 1990s.”
SwagHer: What’s changed in the past few years?
Sha: In the past few years, I’ve really focused a lot of time on learning the mechanics of music and sound and experimenting with different styles of music and sounds. It’s been quite an experience. I’ve taken classes in production and live sound and worked to hone in on changing up my live performances. So now I’ve got a 5 piece band, and we use live looping equipment and work with effects during shows. When we’re on stage now there’s a production of sounds, and progression to the show that paints a picture. It’s not something I could’ve done a few years ago. The fearlessness wasn’t there, neither was the ability. Now, I live loop, and the risk is heightened when you do that because one off loop and the entire song is off beat!
SwagHer: What are you currently working on?
Sha: We’re currently preparing for our spring/summer tour. It’s about to get crazy! We’re blending some really cool cinematic sounds and mixing different genres with that live electric element. I’m in the studio right now finishing the last few songs on Scientific Method, and designing a few things for our fans that are just going to be insane! I’m excited!
SwagHer: Has relocating impacted your career any?
Sha: Relocating has really forced me outside of my comfort zone. I was on Jax Beach for 5, almost 6 years. I knew the musicians, poets, street artists, fashion designers… It became easy to settle with the idea of just being a local artist, because I loved them all so much. I didn’t want to leave and miss the things my friends were doing. Once I moved to Houston, it was a completely different scene. The talent has tripled in numbers, the city is larger and a lot more competitive, and if I wanted to stay in my industry I had to grow or sell out-become more pop or main stream. I chose to grow and build. I got out and met with people and pushed my creative boundaries, and it has been the best year of my career so far and continuing to grow!
SwagHer: Tell us about your band.
Sha: My band, ugh, they’re amazing! They have toured with Grammy award winning artists and continue to excel in their fields respectively. They’re also always down for my craziness so that helps! They all have different skill sets in arranging and the overall theory of delivering sound. I’m constantly blessed to be in a room full of geniuses.
SwagHer: When can we expect your band’s album Scientific Method to drop?
Sha: Scientific Method will be released March 21st! I’m so… nervous and excited and kind of “nauseated”? It’s been a really cool journey and the writing I’ve done this time has been a source of argument unlike anything else I’ve ever done. The album is written in progression, addressing each step of the scientific method as if it were being applied to a relationship. It’s been fun, to say the least.
SwagHer: What words of advice would you share with other aspiring artists?
Sha: Words of advice… be a rebel! Be honest with yourself, with what you want and spread that honesty without fear. When you’re asked to change, spread your honesty; when people want to know what you represent as a brand, be honest! That sounds a lot easier than it is, trust me. Stick to your guns. Don’t budge, because just the act of sticking to what drives you makes you free. “The only way to deal with an unfree world, is to become so free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”-Albert Camus
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