Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers may have said it best – “It’s as if Don Henley, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers met late one night at a Texas Roadhouse parking lot and beat the crap out of each other and what came out was Jon Christopher Davis. He’s brains, hips and harmonies.”
JCD’s songs have been covered by Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sherrie Austin, Rodney Atkins, Tammy Cochran and several indie artists. His music is often licensed for television.
JCD’s recorded for Warner Brothers, Sony and MCA Records. His music has been featured on/in ABC, CBS, FOX, CMT, the Style Network, CW Network, Oxygen Channel, USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Texas Highways and the Washington Post. USA Today called “The Bottom Line” “one of the most intriguing tracks from the past, present and near future.”
His discography includes work with Vince Gill, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Steve Lukather (Toto), Stan Lynch (The Heartbreakers), Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) and David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang).
JCD’s shared the stage with Train, Daughtry, The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s house band), Lyle Lovett, Jack Ingram, Radney Foster, Rodney Crowell, Hal Ketchum, Michael McDonald, Eddie Money, Poco, Pure Prairie League, Restless Heart, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and performed twice for President George W. Bush.
In 2004, his song, “Lone Star Attitude,” stayed on the Texas Music Chart for 6 months. In 2006, the album featuring the song was picked up for national distribution by Palo Duro Records. The simple song has since transitioned into a trademarked brand for the singer/songwriter (Lone Star Attitude® apparel stores at DFW International Airport and LSA Burger Co. in Denton, TX).
In 2009, JCD released “Demos From the Vault (1999-2009),” a 2-disk collection that includes the moving military tribute with Deryl Dodd, “The Boy I Left Behind.” In 2010, JCD was awarded Song of the Year by the American Cancer Society for Relay For Life. In 2012, he was a featured artist on the critically acclaimed television show, Troubadour TX. In 2014, he put out “Last Night’s Dinner Party.” In 2018, he released the album, New Wind Blowing. He’s currently working on a new project with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Stan Lynch.
JCD’s music is available at Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora and Spotify.
He resides in McKinney, TX with his yoga instructor wife, Kelli, and daughter, Claire.
FAVORITE SHOWS: City Winery (NYC), Peju Province Winery (Napa Valley), Bellagio (Las Vegas), Gruene Hall (oldest dance hall in TX), Dosey Doe (Houston), AT&T Stadium (Arlington)
INFLUENCES: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Eagles, John Fogerty, Bryan Adams, Jude Cole
LISTENING TO: Brandi Carlile, Amos Lee, Ryan Adams, The War on Drugs