Sunday, August 1, 2010

Alana Davis

Alana Davis (born May 6, 1974 in Greenwich Village, New York) is a female pop singer\songwriter. She is the daughter of jazz singer Ann Marie Schofield and late jazz pianist Walter Davis Jr (who played along jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillepsie and Charlie Parker).

Alana learned to play the guitar as a child, but she didn't start writing songs until she was 18 years old. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York until she decided to leave to devote her full attention to music. She recorded demo tapes of her original work and Alana was signed to Elektra Records.
In 1997, Alana released her debut album, "Blame it On Me" which peaked at #157 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.

The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for seven weeks and reached sales of over 240,000 in the US.
Alana's cover version of Ani DeFranco's song "32 Flavors" became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart, and #34 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
The follow-up single, "Crazy" peaked at #29 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and #37 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
In 2001, Alana released her second album, "Fortune Cookies" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard album charts. One of the songs, "Bye Bye" was co-written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.

Alana also covered Third Eye Blind's "I Want You" which was released a single. Even though it didn't chart (but got significant airplay), the song remains one of Alana's most popular songs.

Alana made guest appearances on "The Mod Squad" movie soundtrack and Jay-Z's "Vol 3....Life and Times of S. Carter" album.

After that, she left Elektra Records and signed a deal with Sony Records. Alana released the single, "Carry On" which was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Sony Electronics.
In 2005, Alana decided to take the independent music route and formed her own record label, Tigress Records. In February of that same year, she released her third album, "Surrender Dorothy."

In 2006, Alana toured with music act Thievery Corporation for a few dates as a guest vocalist.

To see the music video for "32 Flavors," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEfbL53jhN4

To see a fan-made video for "Carry On," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ChYw0vPaWI

To see a fan-made video for "I Want You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uURQJKEAQAw

2 comments:

Jazz said...

I TOTALLY HAVE THIS CD.

Mark said...

Is Alana still making music? Excellent voice and I want to hear more!!