Kyrgzstan inspired Davis’ album

Published 11:42 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sawyer Christian singer-songwriter Christy Davis performs Friday, 7-10 p.m., Riverfront Cafe, Niles

Sawyer Christian singer-songwriter Christy Davis performs Friday, 7-10 p.m., Riverfront Cafe, Niles

For Christy Davis, singing and song writing comes naturally. So naturally that sometimes she wakes up with a melody buzzing around in her head.

That was the case for her current favorite tune she’s written, “Morning Song,” an acoustic, jazzy, pop ballad about the songs God sings to her.

“It’s one where I woke up one day and it was stuck in my head,” said Davis, a Christian singer-songwriter from Sawyer. “It wasn’t a song that existed yet, so I just started playing guitar and went from there.”

Davis, a 21-year-old fulltime musician, will bring her repertoire of self-written acoustic songs and covers to Riverfront Cafe in Niles Friday.

Writing music isn’t always that easy for Davis, who said she’s been singing since the “day I popped out” and playing guitar since 15.

Davis spent a year as a missionary in Kyrgzstan after high school, a challenging time for an 18-year-old girl in a foreign country. During that time, she taught English and music to students but struggled with staying strong in her faith.

“It was definitely hard moving to a culture that I had no idea what it would be like,” she said. “It was definitely a time where I needed to stay really close to God or it was easy to get discouraged.”

But it was the difficulties and experiences she faced in Kyrgzstan that birthed some of her most passionate music and inspired her worship album, “Everyday Season.”

“My lyrical content has gotten deeper over the years,” she said. “Just about how I’ve seen God in various experiences in my life.”

Since moving back home, Davis has begun pursuing her music career fulltime, cutting another album, titled “Vanity,” last year and playing coffee shops, bars and restaurants in southwest Michigan.

With her weekly shows at Villa Santaniello in Stevensville, she has gained a following locally, but it’s her upcoming album that she hopes will launch her career to another level.

Last October she spent a week recording much of the record at Chalice Studios in Los Angeles, where big-name artists like the Black-Eyed Peas, Chris Brown and Green Day have recorded.

“A friend of mine got a job there, so I was able to get in there for free,” she said. “It was really exciting to get into a studio where celebrities were standing and singing at the very same microphone that I was.”

Davis is unsure where her music will take her, but she is okay with that.

“If this music thing is going to get bigger, God will show me,” Davis said. “Until then I keep waiting.”

But if she keeps waking up with fresh melodies in her head, that wait might not be too long.

For more information on Davis, to listen to her music or find out where she is playing, visit her Web site at