Her debut single, the Omar-produced Ain’t That Love provides a first part of the answer: the self-penned tune is not only the most haunting song you’ll hear all summer, but it also introduces the wider public to one of the best kept secrets of London’s underground live circuit.
You’re about to hear a lot more of her. Sherry is already hard at work on her first EP, collaborating not only with said soul don Omar, but with several other top writer/producers on the soul music scene.
STREET STARZ [AM] – Sherry Davis – ‘Back Up’
So far the list includes Steve Chrisanthou and John Beck, the Grammy nominated production duo behind Corrine Bailey Rae, Incognito leader Bluey Maunick, hit songwriter Tim Hutton (Prodigy, Groove Armada) and LA based hit making producer Gregg Pagani (Charlie Wilson, LeAnn Rimes).
The truly arresting thing about Sherry Davis is that she hasn’t sought to cop any of the major pop/R&B/soul divas for style. She freely admits to being a massive Mariah Carey fan… but that’s as deep as the link goes. Her mum’s played her a lot of Diana Ross over the years too, for that matter.
Street Starz TV: Sherry Davis – “To The Limit”
And you can detect some gospel roots anchoring nearly everything that Sherry does. Yet this is unquestionably about a long-term career in the making, not the dreams of the latest X Factor wannabe. You’ll notice, maybe, touches of Niecy Williams’ mid-range in there somewhere, perhaps a little of Syreeta Wright’s vulnerability, and possibly a touch of Alicia Key’s sass. In the end the Sherry Davis sound is all her own.
Sherry Davis Making Of Ain’t That Love
Ain’t That Love Official Video 2012