'The Voice' finalist Joshua Davis to perform at Tri-Lakes Center
7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) Thursday, Oct. 15, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Colorado Highway 105, Palmer Lake; $25 advance/$30 day of show; trilakesarts.org, 481-0475.
Given his genre-defying sound, singer-songwriter Joshua Davis has said he never expected to make it to the finals of NBC's reality talent show "The Voice" earlier this year.
The Michigan native's heartfelt renditions of songs including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Simon and Garfunkel's "America," however, won over judges and the audience, propelling Davis to a third place finish and into the celebrity spotlight.
"It's a shocker. I exist outside the mainstream, and it's really gratifying to know there's a wider audience for what I do and that it resonated with so many people," Davis said in a June interview with the Detroit Free Press.
For Michael Maddox, that resonance was immediate when he saw Davis' initial performance on the show.
The executive director of the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts knew he wanted Davis to win - and that he wanted to book him for his intimate, 190-seat performance space in Palmer Lake.
"We watched the whole season of 'The Voice' when he was on and we were pulling for him. We were blown away by his professionalism and his music," said Maddox. "I made a commitment a few years ago to elevate entertainment here and bring in top quality acts. Joshua Davis is another one of these stars we're glad to have here in the Tri-Lakes community."
With three critically acclaimed solo albums and a waxing presence on the Americana music scene, a rich catalog of collaborative work and multiple releases with roots ensemble Steppin' In It, Davis has shared the stage with a diverse range of luminaries including folk legends Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama and Michigan rockers The Verve Pipe.
"He kind of transcends genres. I'd say he's folk-pop-blues. He's very versatile, and that's what he proved on 'The Voice,'" Maddox said. "It's going to be an exciting show."
Stephanie Earls, The Gazette, 636-0364, firstname.lastname@example.org