'God Life Music' Tour Dates:
8/22 Ecuador Parque Xtremo, 8/16 Boston, 8/19 Columbus, 8/20 Kansas, 8/26 Minneapolis, 8/27 Portland, 9/6 Toronto, 9/16 North Carolina, 9/18 San Diego, 9/21 Green Dolphin Chicago, 10/10 Cabo San Lucas Mexico Nikki Beach, 10/16 Paris, 10/17 Belgium, 11/11 Brazil tour (TBA).
'God Life Music' the new 12 track album of electric soul from the legendary Roy Davis Jr. is released worldwide July 20, 2009 on iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, and other fine retailers.
This is Roy's second album for nice+smooth , with the physical CD released in association with Tokyo's Nature Bliss / Lantern label on August 18th, and is available to pre-order now at Amazon.
1. Paradise (In Your Mind) Feat. Terry Dexter 2. What is Love? Feat. Mark 3. I Have A Vision Feat. Erin Martin 4. Hold U Feat. Manny 5. Come On Feat. XL 6. What Cha Gonna Do? Feat. Erin Martin 7. Space Muzik Feat. Heat Fam 8. Bad Like Me Feat. Manny 9. Let It Ride 10. Chicago Heights 11. Love Is Feat. Khalid 12. Electronic Love Feat. Manny
With his trademarked brand of heartfelt soulful grooves, Roy Davis Jr.’s new twelve track full-length is a testament to his love of music. From electro-80’s flavors to cool R&B and back to his Chicago house music roots, the album overflows with catchy pop-chart material. God Life Music features seven different vocalists including Detroit’s Billboard topping Terry Dexter, and Los Angeles rapper Khalid.
The first single from the album, “I Have A Vision feat. Erin Martin”, was released earlier this year to worldwide critical acclaim and boasted dance floor smashing remixes by stellar artists The Juan MacLean, Fred Falke and Todd Edwards. The single was featured on hundreds of blogs (incl. rcrdlbl.com), radio shows (incl. Pete Tong/BBC) and top music and lifestyle magazines.
The talented Davis has created Billboard chart-topping remixes for Seal, Mary J. Blidge, D’Angelo, Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Patti LaBelle, Christina Milian and others. Roy also has an impressive discography of his own productions, having released music on top tier labels such as XL, Ubiquity, Large, Strictly Rhythm, Daft Punk’s imprint Roulé and more. His legendary DJ skills have taken him to clubs around the world, and he is currently preparing a tour to support the new album.
This is the second full length release for Davis on Toronto’s NICE+SMOOTH ULTRAMEDIA imprint. His debut for the label, “Water For Thirsty Children” released in 2004, was hailed as a breakthrough in Roy’s escalation to becoming one of America’s leading house music superstars.
The first review is in, courtesy of Swaggerlifestyle.com
Menu: electro-soul, soulful house, tech-soul house, galactic hip-hop
Tastes like: this pioneer, although steeped in soul, here conquers his electro and techy side
Ingredients: For fans of Kaskade, Lisa Shaw, Dennis Ferrer, King Britt and Jazzy Jeff, this masterpiece Roy Davis Jr. puts down, bridges the gap between soulful sensational songs for those favoring their techy side, when night falls of course.
With songstress Terry Dexter opening up on chocolate waterfall of “Paradise (In Your Mind)” and infectious rhythms banging out on “What Is Love?” featuring the spoken-word of Mark, energize your battery on others such electrocution shocks of the anthem “I Have a Vision” featuring Erin Martin and my ultimate, “Come On” featuring XL…Let’s GO!
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
If you haven't heard the smash single of 2009,"I Have A vision Feat. Erin Martin", then you better download an mp3 of the killer remix from The Juan MacLean here from rcrdlbl.com
Visit iTunes to purchase all the remixes from the Scion a/v Remix Project which also features the incredible talents of Fred Falke and Todd Edwards.
Water For Thirsty Children CD|
Toronto label nice+smooth presents Roy's seminal album, 'Water For Thirsty Children', available now at
iTunes and all major retailers worldwide.
Water For Thirsty
Children is without question some of the best work Roy Davis
Jr. has released to date. This new album delivers
the signature groove based soulful house tunes that Roy has
become internationally renowned for, as well as a new, deeper
side of his journey into the realm of urban music. This collection
of all original tracks makes a stunningly heroic leap into
various elements of deeply moving soul, R&B, crossover
jazz and house.
Featuring a multitude of guest musicians,
the album pushes the funk with guitars, bass, sax and trumpet
riding along Roy’s jazzy keyboard and drum work. Roy
himself also performs vocal duties on 7 of the 9 tracks, with
additional vocal finesse from Chicago mc J. FURY on "The
Way We Were", and Tokyo’s top poet/mc MARCELLUS,
whose captivating flow graces the album’s title track
and "Moving Up".
I Have A Vision remixes
"...steps easily into warm hip-hop nostalgia ("The Way We Were") and deep house that sounds looted from the archives of the ever-legendary, now defunct Strictly Rhythm label ("Soldiers Listen")
XLR8R - USA Dec 2004
"sees Roy levelling a directness worthy of Isaac Hayes"
Straight No Chaser - 9/4/2004
"Pure modern soul...an album to challenge Blaze for the all rounderer crown."
fatcity UK - Aug, 2004
"I spent the better part of the day shopping for music to play for the second half of the "Music" tour.
My lucky find:..."Water For Thirsty Children LP" by Roy Davis Jr."
Jeff Mills personal blog - http://blog.excite.co.jp/jeff - 09/2004
"For those that prefer their grooves with a hint of jazz "Water For Thirsty Children" offers a more eclectic down-tempo set taking inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder... 4/5"
Blues & Soul - UK, Aug, 2004
"Roy still packs a mean musical punch, when it comes to deeply-rooted and nourishing House."
Mosoul + Littleplanet + Deephousenetwork (Jon Freer) UK - Aug 2004
"4.5 / 5"
"Roy steps forth with some incredible soul on this set -- moving into a realm of cosmic soul that easily rivals the best of the century so far!"
Dusty Groove - 9/4/2004
"He celebrates the love for the music and life"
(4 stars - choice cd pick of the month)
Raveline Mag (Germany) - 9/4/2004
" Soul is the preacher and Jazz is the teacher."
De Bug Magazine - 9/4/2004
"...an eclectic album of his own work, dipping his toes into jazz, house, electric soul and r'n'b in his own inimitable style. Even better is that Roy has laid his own honey-dripped vocals on seven of the nine tracks...Gorgeous!!"
M8 - UK, August 2004
"This is an album loaded with soulful, post house tales from the windy city (4 stars)"
Klub Knowledge - 9/4/2004
"Roy Davis delivers an enjoyable Jazzy vibed album.."
Gargamel - 9/4/2004
"Chilled-out vocal house tracks with light-footed hip-hop joints, evocative spoken-word sidetrips, and come-hither slow jams"
Ben Rayner, Toronto Star - 7/4/2004
"Eclecticism is definitely what we may expect from Roy Davis Jr and it's exactly what to find on his new Water For Thirsty Children album."
Indamixworldwide.com - UK June, 2004
"Filled with smoothed-out instrumentation and soulful, upfront vocals..."
Denise Benson, Eye Weekly - 7/4/2004
"…an eclectic album of his own work, dipping his toes into jazz, house, electric soul and r'n'b in his own inimitable style"
M8 - 9/4/2004
"a fusion of soulful and real sounds, it's like a mature club sound..."
bounce.com, Japan - June 2004
Mosoul + Littleplanet + Deephousenetwork (Jon Freer) UK - Aug 2004
"Roy delivers above the expected with the kind of soulful house that should come kite-marked as his urban touch comes to the fore with r'n'b, soul, jazz, funk and house tinged tunes making up what has to be one of his finer outings."
Kate Wildblood, DJ - 9/4/2004
"a call to arms for those longing for an album of emotional and meaningful house"
Kingsley Marshall, IDJ - 7/4/2004
"closer to D.Angelo than Derrick Carter. Stripped-down soul dominates initially, there's then a natural progression toward bumpier disco territory "
Flux Magazine - 7/4/2004
"Already one of THE best albums this year and hard to beat! Roy Davis Jr. offers 10 songs of highest quality full of soul and blues. Deep and contemplating lyrics
meet funky and smooth house beats as well as laid back RnB..."
"...an enjoyable jazzy-vibed album."
BritishBlackmusic.com June 2004
"The sounds are very organic and show a focus to real instrumentation rather than computerized synths. Musically it's very rich and a solid taste of Roy's talents as a producer in multi-genres. 8/10"
nocturnalmagazine.net June 1 2004
"...Roy has gone on to great things and his new album “Water For Thirsty Children”, ...is another important milestone."
Discoid.it - Alan Russell from Black Vinyl
"...what a great record...100% refreshing. "
March 29/2004 + Keep On Magazine UK
"A strong sense of musicality is
written across each composition, with each provinding
a different function. M6/M8"
Greg Fenton / M8 April 18
"The prolific Roy Davis Jnr offers us a rich, spiritual outing, drawing from hip-hop, soul and jazz, yet retaining some deep, warm keys throughout..Look out for this one, it could be one of the albums of the summer. A winner."
Deephousenetwork.com - Reviewed by Ken Rooney - April 28, 2004
"For those parched for new material from Mr. Davis, this
album should handily suffice. 8.5/10."
Peter Lightburn Montreal Mirror / March 18, 2004
Roy Davis Jr.’s soulful electronic tech grooves quench thirsty fans like communal wine. The spiritual tracks produced by this legendary disciple of Chicago’s dance music scene have received massive radio and club play around the globe. Roy describes his style as “Soul Electrica,” a hybrid of soul and electronic music. His masterful weave of R&B with floor-stomping tech-dance tunes has created classic club anthems, making Davis one of the most sought-after DJs in the world.
He was introduced to dance music by late 1980’s legends as DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Marshall Jefferson, and Lil’ Louis. “I’ve always been in to Music but these were the DJs that really inspired me. Lil’ Louis was always my favorite DJ because he knew how to play it all, from mellow, club, classics, he was so diverse – he taught me how to mix it up, that’s how I got my style,” says Davis Jr. “ I started DJing myself when I was 12 or 13, spinning break dance music, Italian disco, then house.”
The big turning point for Roy Davis Jr. was in 1993. While in college he was asked to work as an A+R scout for Strictly Rhythm in NYC. He went out to the East Coast weekly, and was subsequently hired to start his own sub-label called Red Cat records.
You can’t mention Roy Davis Jr. without mentioning “Gabriel,” released in 1998 on Large/XL. Gabriel was hailed “Dance Tune Of The Year” by countless publications worldwide and is one earliest takes on the entire Garage/2 step genre. Produced with vocalist and multi-talented musician Peven Everett, Gabriel is a certified soulful house music anthem that sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Credited by some with kick-starting the UK garage/2 step scene it was a tune that would change Roy’s musical direction and take him back to his spiritual roots.
Chart-topping releases such as “Michael,” “Join his Kingdom,” and “Rock Shock” licensed to Daft Punk’s label, have led to massive dance floor overloads at such renowned venues as Chicago’s Club METRO and TROUBADOR in Los Angeles, along with Tokyo’s YELLOW and CLUB AIR. Davis’ reputation as a producer has attracted the attention of major labels such as Warner Brothers, Sony and MCA, who have sought his expertise in the creation of dance mixes for their top artists. The talented Davis has created Billboard chart-toppers for Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blidge, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Terry Dexter, Christina Milian, Modjo and Morcheeba. His original productions and remix work garnered rave reviews in such publications as RollingStone.com, URB, Flaunt and Vibe.
With recent DJ gigs racking up air miles between Dubai, Ecuador, England, Australia, Russia, France, Canada and all over the USA, along with a steady stream of production work, it’s safe to say Roy Davis Jr. remains busy. He has also been gracing the internet with his immensely popular, “Chicago Urb" Radio show on Scion 17.
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