Davis makes Opry debut
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
– Jacob Davis achieved a career dream Friday night as he made his debut on The Grand Ole Opry.
The Shreveport, La. native sang "What I Wanna Be," a song he wrote with Forest Glen Whitehead and Adam Hambrick that Whitehead produced.
"This floor is literally cracking underneath my feet, and you have no clue how incredible this feels," he said standing in the Opry circle in his weathered boots. Stumbling over words from anticipation of that first note, Davis said, "I think... this is what a guy oughta say to a girl..."
Written with Scott Stepakoff and Jason Gantt, Davis had some accompaniment join him for his second song, "James Brown." "I was raised on '90s country and a little soul, a little funk, just a great mixed bag of music... I figured Elvis brought a little funk when he played here, so..." With that, he brought out two horn players to accompany him.
Davis shot a video for "What I Wanna Be" in Louisiana. Directed by Josh Kranich, the backdrop for the performance driven music video is set in popular New Orleans' live music venue Bamboula's.
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