Thornetta Davis

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Thornetta DavisThornetta Davis (born December 31, 1969) is an American Detroit blues and rhythm and blues singer. She has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, and Etta James, and sang backing vocals on Bob Seger's 1991 album, The Fire Inside. She also worked with Kid Rock and Alberta Adams, and has released two full-length solo albums.


Davis was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

After entering a local talent contest at the age of 15, Davis went on to form Chanteuse, a vocal group covering old R&B hits. She was recruited as a backing vocalist by Lamonte Zodiac & the Love Signs, a local blues based outfit, who later became the Chisel Brothers. By 1991, Davis had moved on to back up singing for Big Chief, who recorded a couple of albums for the Sub Pop label. Following the group disbanding, Davis was signed to a solo recording contract with the same label, and released Sunday Morning Music (1996). One reviewer commented 'Davis' singing is just wonderful - she's got a rich, warm voice'. A song from the album, 'Cry', was used in the 'Isabella' episode of the HBO television drama, The Sopranos. Earlier in 1992, Davis had appeared at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, and sang on stage with Bonnie Riatt and Katie Webster.

Her second solo album, Shout out to the Dus, was released in 1998. She also appeared at Lilith Fair the same year.

Between 1997 and 2003, Davis was a backing vocalist for Kid Rock, appearing on his albums, Devil without a Cause (1998) and Kid Rock (2003), and she also sang on Kid Rock's single, 'Wasting Time'. In 2000, Davis and Kid Rock opened the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Davis performed on the soundtrack for the 2001 film, Osmosis Jones. In addition, her voice was used on the television program, Xena Warrior Princess. Davis has also covered the blues standard, 'I Just Want to Make Love to You'.

She guested on Alberta Adams' 2008 album, Detroit is My Home.

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