Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented international singer and songwriter and the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 and 2018 DMA’S. On Thursday, Aug. 16, this commanding voice from the Midwest arrives on the Midcoast to perform one show in Maine, at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor. She will be backed by her band of eight Detroit based musicians.
Davis 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 she recorded her first solo album “Sunday Morning Music” on the Seattle-based label “Sub Pop” which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Davis’ song “Cry,” from that album, was featured on the HBO hit “The Sopranos.”
In 1999 Davis brought down the house with her astounding performance at the “Lillith Fair” at Michigan’s Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan … that same evening she attended the “Detroit Music Awards” where she proudly accepted two of the over 30 Music Awards that she has won over the last 20 years for “Best R&B/ Blues vocalist” and “Best R&B Group.”
In 2007 Thornetta performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and took a bite out of the Big Apple on “The View” and “The David Letterman Show.” She has electrified audiences worldwide with tours to Italy, Blues festivals in Tunisia North Africa, Lucerne, Switzerland; Sweden, Paris France, Norway, Germany, Holland, England and Canada.
Thornetta Davis has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and many more.
Advanced discounted tickets are $25 and available only from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave., or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets, $30 are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com - and at the door. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert.