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Shirley Davis / The SilverBacks

Born in London to Jamaican parents, Shirley Davis possesses a unique voice that has firmly anchored her on the modern funk and soul map.
Davis began her career in Melbourne, Australia, where she quickly became the lead singer of Grand Wazoo - Australia’s premier retro soul and funk outfit. This led her to become the go-to backing vocalist for soul royalty such as Wilson Pickett, Lee Fields and especially Marva Whitney, who became a close friend and mentor, when they toured Australia, as well as contemporary funk bands such as Osaka Monaurail. Yet the defining influence in her career was Sharon Jones, who became a good friend for over a decade and gave her decisive encouragement.
After relocating to Europe, Davis was spotted by Madrid-based Tucxone Records’ label managers performing with Sharon Jones, who one day plucked her from back stage to sing with her as a surprise. Introduced to the Silverbacks, the connection between them was instant, and after months of rehearsals they recorded their widely acclaimed debut album “Black Rose” in early 2016.
Davis’ superb voice, warm and yet with grit, at times with a delicious nervous tremble, allows her to convey deep emotion into each and every song. Blending influences covering everything from 60s-inspired southern soul –think Stax and Hi Records- to early ‘70s afrofunk, their sophomore album “Wishes and Wants” (Tucxone Records, 2018) keeps the torch of funk and soul burning bright, taking it up yet another notch.


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