Primary Instrument: Vocal
Thornetta Davis - vocalist
For over fifteen years this multi-talented native Detroiter has graced and dominated Michigan's most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.
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. The song Cry from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama 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 and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan's Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster for an encore song which received a standing ovation.
In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at theLillith Fair at Michigan's Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by SarahMclachlan…that same evening she attended the Detroit Music Awards where she proudly accepted 2 of the over 20 Music Awards that she has won over the last 15 years for Best R&B/ Blues vocalist and Best R&B Group.
In 2000 Thornetta opened the VH1 Vogue fashion awards at Madison Square Garden with Detroit phenomenon Kid Rock. New York's star-studded event captured Detroit's Princess of the Blues in all her glory!
In 2001 Thornetta Davis is inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame! Thornetta performed on Wednesday nights for 7 years at one of Detroit's favorite live music venues The Music Menu located in Greektown in downtown Detroit until it's closing in 2003. Three years before that final Wednesday, Thornetta recorded a live performance on one magical night at the Menu and called it Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu. This CD is a collection of Thornetta's most requested cover tunes. The magic comes through and touches you and makes you feel like you're right there watching her as she takes you on a spiritual journey to the depths of her soul.
Thornetta Davis covered Live at the Music Menu won Best R&B/ Blues Recording at the Detroit Music Awards 2002. Thornetta Davis has appeared on the covers of Living Blues Magazine and Big City Blues Magazine.
Thornetta has also performed background vocals for artists such as Bob Seger on his album The Fire Inside, The Little Steven VanZandt produced U.S. debut of Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek, on Spirit of Love, Sub pop recording artist alternative rock band Big Chief on the album, Mack Avenue Scull Game, and Kid Rock on his self titled 2003 CD KID ROCK.
Thornetta also performed on the sound track for the film Osmosis Jones starring Bill Murray. Her powerful singing voice has been heard on the hit television show Xena Warrior Princess. Her Cadillac commercial aired for the first time during the 2001 Academy Awards
Thornetta was also chosen to represent the DETROIT PISTONS 2001-2002
If you're from Michigan you are sure to have seen Thornetta in the Michigan State Lottery commercials. Coca-Cola selected Thornetta to revive the late 1960's I'd Like to teach the world to sing commercial. Pizza Hut loved our blues diva enough to twist and dip
It's clear that the Motor City knows just who Thornetta is and now it's time the rest of the world found out. So we would like to introduce to you in all her splendor a Detroit talent as original as her name.