If you’re a fan of “The Voice” you might remember singer-songwriter Joshua Davis. He was the earnest dad with the warm, raspy voice who ultimately lost out to a teenager with pretty hair and a bowler hat. That’s simplifying the situation, but really, Davis probably did well to leave the show with a following, some name recognition, and full creative control over his craft.
Clearly runner-up status didn’t dampen his spirits. Davis — who toured with the Midwestern folk/roots outfit Steppin’ In It in the late ’90s and early 2000s, and has released a number of solo albums — has been at work on new songs. “Always Going to be Here,” his latest single, is hopeful and cozy. It’s melody rolls and Davis’ familiar voice is equal parts friendly and alluring. “These are love songs. They’re all heart. I wanted the production to be stripped down and allow that to shine through,” Davis says in a press release. “After ‘The Voice,’ it was such a joy to record again on my own terms. It was a joyful, fluid, organic process and I hope that comes through on the tracks.”
Currently on tour with his band, Davis plays The Grey Eagle on Sunday, May 8, at 8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 day of show.