Neil Davis, Singer/Songwriter
by Benjamin Fang
Nov 28, 2017 | 374 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For singer and songwriter Neil Davis, it all started when he got a toy keyboard for Christmas.

The Douglaston native taught himself how to play, and before he knew it he turned his passion into a career.

“The keys were somehow a magnet for me,” he said. “I found a natural love for it.”

Davis took his talents to the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, where he studied vocal in the school’s inaugural class. He took music more seriously, playing piano while singing in school and writing his own music.

“I actually recorded my first single while I was in high school,” Davis said.

Along with his classmates, they performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, UNICEF and other award ceremonies. Davis even performed his single at MTV’s “TRL” while in high school.

Davis then attended Marymount Manhattan College. During his time there, he interned at Sony Music and Columbia Records to learn more about the music industry.

“I really got to learn the ins-and-outs of what it’s like to be an artist and on the business side, so that was helpful,” he said.

Now as professional artist, Davis plays his music around the city and the country. He has an independent album and some singles available on iTunes, Spotify and Pandora Radio.

He noted that it’s an interesting time to be an artist because aspiring musicians can be more creative and put out music “without the permission of anyone.”

“It’s really about creating your own fan base and creating a buzz,” he said.

That’s what Davis will continue to do. Growing up in the 1990s, Davis was inspired by artists like Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. But he also admires singers like Gavin Degraw, Vanessa Carlton and Billy Joel.

“A lot of those singer/songwriters inspire me because I saw them making commercial music on instruments, which was awesome,” Davis said.
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