Thornetta Davis is a Detroit born-and-raised singer/songwriter who’s performed alongside legends such as Ray Charles, Bob Segar, BB King, and Kid Rock.
In her recent conversation with Mike, Thornetta remembers her early music career and getting her songs played on the Sopranos and other HBO programs. Her and Mike also remember their Super Bowl commercial, and the social progress Detroit has made over the years. Thornetta also opens up about what music means to her, and why she wants to be a positive force in the world
[0:06] Introducing today’s guest, Thornetta Davis
[1:04] Can you tell us about yourself?
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[3:02] Where did you go to high school?
[3:40] What was your first big break?
[4:52] Thornetta’s first album came out in 1996
[5:58] Her songs appeared on the Sopranos and other shows
[6:51] Thornetta’s history as a background singer for famous artists
[7:28] How was working with Kid Rock?
[7:44] Thornetta talks about where she has traveled to perform
[8:12] her second album, Honest Woman, came out in 2016
[8:54] What was it like to perform at the Kennedy Center?
[10:04] They call her “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues”
[10:54] Talking about the commercial Thornetta did with Mike
[13:02] Thornetta explain how I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright) came to be
[14:47] Did you get any response from the Super Bowl ad?
[16:49] What does it feel like to know you’re impacting other people with your music?
[17:45] Can you take us through Detroit’s transformation through your eyes?
[19:03] How often have you been performing these days?
[20:40] Did you think that you would get to travel the world as much as you have?
[21:11] How many band members do you have?
[22:10] Thornetta says she would perform for people waiting to get their backpacks in 2020
[23:10] Check out the music video for Am I Just a Shadow!
[24:30] Thanks for watching this episode of the Open Mike podcast!