For over twenty years this multi-talented native Detroiter has graced and dominated Michigan’s most attended events. She has performed over two hundred shows a year with grace and stamina. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more.
She first gained attention in 1987 when she became back up singer for the Detroit soul band “Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs”. Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to “The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis”. In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” with former members of Detroit Rock band Big Chief on the Seattle based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. The song “Cry” from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama “The Sopranos”.
Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Betty LaVette, Keb Mo’, and many more…her history is extensive and her performances are memorable…like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation.