John Davis was
born into a strong Christian family and grew up in a rural Tennessee community,
attending the small but active Baptist Church with his extended family, which
was very close to his parents' home, four times a week, as a child. Musically,
he was exposed early to not only the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Word, but
also Gospel, country, and bluegrass music through his immediate family, his church
family, and friends.
shares with ChristianMusic.com his upbringing and early influences on his spiritual
development in his growing up years.
was brought up in the church from a very young age; as a matter of fact, the church
we went to (First Baptist Church Of Bluegrass, Knoxville, TN) was more or less
in our back yard. You can look right out the back door and see the steeple. The
parking lot is about 50 yards from the back of the house. My folks were and are
very active in the church there. Years and years ago, my grandfather owned the
piece of property that the church sits on. All that to say, the Christian faith
had a lot to do with my upbringing."
his growing up years, John Davis was exposed to and soaked in a variety of music
genres, including rock, southern Gospel, country, and folk, each which influenced
his developing musical gifts, given to him from God.
Influences - "I have got some fairly obvious influences; the ones that rise
to the top the quickest are The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Guided By Voices, Cheap
Trick, The Band, Larry Norman, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Big Star, My Bloody
Valentine, Swervedriver, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Louvin Brothers, Chuck Berry, Jimmy
Reed, Slim Harpo, Freddie King, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, The
Clash, Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du, The Replacements, The Flying Burrito Brothers,
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos, T-Model Ford----I could go on all day!"
As his musical talents were considerable, John Davis began his professional career
as a singer, songwriter, and performer on several instruments in secular music,
as John Davis had drifted away from his Christian faith sometime in his youth,
creating a void in his life, that he didn't realize at the time. These events
were not exactly what the Lord had planned, but the merciful Lord is patient and
waited, as He does with all of us, for the time when John would turn back to Him.
Around 1994, John Davis became the "lead creative force" in the secular
band, SUPERDRAG, described as a "melodic, power-pop rock band" who created
music which "combined punk energy, bittersweet melodies, and classic British
influences." John Davis' used his unique ability and talent to create quite
inventive melodies and compositions which brought success to SUPERDRAG. As their
loyal fan base grew, their songs were brought to the attention of the secular
A single from
SUPERDRAG's debut album, REGRETFULLY YOURS, called "Sucked Out", became
a "Top 20 Modern Rock Hit." Over the next ten years, SUPERDRAG gave
their fans 4 albums and many single releases and EPs. Many of their music videos
were played on MTV, and they were the guest band twice on Late Night with Conan
While John Davis and
fellow SUPERDRAG band members enjoyed commercial success with their music, John
Davis still suffered from a void, an emptiness in his life and tried to fill it
up with self-medication via booze. John Davis found himself in an out of control
spiral due to his increasing alcohol consumption, almost to a life or death situation,
as he flirted with drinking to a point of risking death by alcohol overdose, a
la Bon Scott, ACDC singer; 1980. (YIKES!).
John Davis commented in a Rambler Records bio, "I
had a charter membership in the 'Bon Scott Club.' I can make light of it now,
but it really did almost become a life or death situation."
may ask, what stopped this destructive, deadly downward spiral? Mercifully, John
Davis was rescued by the Lord one night, who made a house call in a car to a child
of His (John Davis) in trouble and lost down the wrong path, and hitting rock
bottom, a cold, lonely, and frightening place to be.
His Personal Testimony ......His "Road to Damascus" Experience.
happened while John Davis was on his way over to his parent's house, driving in
his car. He suddenly was overwhelmed with an overbearing sensation which was described
by John Davis as being a combination of "being struck by lightening, getting
hit by a cannonball and having a piano dropped on your head."
with this intense swirl of sensation, John Davis instinctively turned back to
John Davis explains, "Before I had a chance to
think about what I was doing, I started praying. I cried out to God.
Instantly, I knew that the void inside of me would never be filled
with the liquor. I just got tired of running. I remember thinking
that I needed peace, and it just came over me like a cool breeze -
God's peace. At that moment, it was like a huge burden had been lifted.
I got to my folks' house looking like I'd been run over by a truck."
(Taken from Rambler Records Bio)
say, John Davis rediscovered / returned quickly to his faith and embraced Jesus
Christ, who filled this void in his life. Relying on the power of the Lord, John
Davis gave up alcohol and related ways of thinking/ behaving which were destroying
Though he finished
his current commitments to SUPERDRAG by completing the band's 2002 album, LAST
CALL FOR VITRIOL and went on tour as well, John Davis shared, "My heart just
wasn't in it anymore."
Davis then made a clean start by moving to Nashville, hooking up with old friend,
R.S. Field, an established and respected music producer who John had first met
at a Nashville SUPERDRAG show. This was the first step in John Davis' switch to
composing his own unique brand of Christian music which glorifies and pleases
the Lord and gives John a personal satisfaction.
a merciful, loving Savior we have in Jesus Christ!
Davis was / is a changed man, healed from old hurts
and weaknesses through faith in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. In that
painful void in his being, he has been filled with the love of and for the Lord
Jesus, which has resulted in being freed from old demons and the chains of his
past, and is now free of all this baggage to step out in faith to create and explore
the Christian music genre.
Personal Revelation on the Gospel Story; John 3:16 -- God so loved the world that
he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish
but have eternal life. (NIV)
Another experience that gave John Davis personal spiritual insight of John 3:16
was the birth of a little son, Paul Isaac, whose arrival greatly blessed both
John Davis and his wife. It added a new dimension to his songwriting as the meaning
of John 3:16 became close and personal.
Davis shares with ChristianMusic.com, "I became a father recently; we have
a three month old boy here at home, Paul Isaac. He pretty much came on the scene
and started educating his Daddy immediately. To tell you the truth, he gave me
an entirely new perspective on the Gospel story, just by being alive and being
our son. You know, we read and understand the language of God's word, love it,
dedicate ourselves to living by it, as Christians, but the notion of God's Son
being tortured, beaten, and murdered for something I had done took on a whole
new level of profundity for me once I had a son of my own."
two most powerful experiences influenced John Davis; the night the Lord reached
down for him and the birth of his new son, events which changed both him and his
wife, helping John to compose and write songs for the Lord and his Gospel, from
a personal perspective which touches and inspires the listener in their own spiritual
journey and struggles with faith and weaknesses.
John Davis' Music...
asked John Davis, "Your Music, how would you describe it?"
"It is Rock’N’Roll, generally. So by definition, that means it’s Country,
Gospel, Blues, R & B, Soul, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Folk, Folk-Rock--- I’d like
to think it’s either a combination of everything I’ve ever heard and loved, or
a reaction to it."
John Davis still is proud of the music he created during the ten year period with
SUPERDRAG, John describes the music as being composed "by a completely different
guy. There's a real emotional distance between life then and life now."
asked John Davis, How were you led by the Lord to use your musical gifts to write
and sing songs?
a matter of surrendering my all to Jesus. Composing songs, producing records, and
performing for people are not only the best ways I know of to communicate to people
the way I feel, I’m inclined to think they’re the best qualities God has endowed
me with as a human being; the best I have to serve Him with. So that’s what I’m
trying to do; just take the absolute best I’ve got and hand it over to the Lord
as a means of thanking Him for saving my life." - John Davis
always fascinated with the creative musical process, had to know; How do you compose
your songs? Group jam sessions? Do you compose from a keyboard or guitar? What
comes first, the lyrics or the melody / composition?
Davis explains, "I will ordinarily sit down and write on whatever instrument
immediately suggests itself if I have an idea taking shape. On this album it ended
up being split about 50/50 between guitars and the piano. I
wrote an entire song with a bass the other day--that's atypical for me, and kinda
backwards, but I had fun at it. I do all the writing for my material. Generally,
I write music and lyrics simultaneously, but not always. I still make demos on
John Davis & Logan Sekulow - Logan
/ 08 / 2005 - John Davis was the guest performer on The Logan Show, a clever
and hilariously funny nationally syndicated show, hosted by the witty, 19 year
old Logan Sekulow.