Monday, October 23, 2017

Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir — and Wando's Bella Voce chorus — celebrates EP release

Patrick Davis writes 200 songs a year for Nashville

Posted by Alex Peeples on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir
Fri. Oct. 27
8 p.m.
$20
Charleston Music Hall

Nashville based singer-songwriter Patrick Davis returns to his home state of South Carolina to celebrate the release of his upcoming EP Where Does It Go. Despite his Tennessee connections Davis is a South Carolinian to the core, being a native son of Camden, a University of South Carolina alumni, and a partner of Firefly Distilling, through which he is distributing his line of Whiskey Jam whiskey.

He refers to himself as being “a songwriter first and foremost,” and during his time in Nashville he has curated an impressive track record for the Warner Music Group, having written for everyone from Lady Antebellum to Jimmy Buffett to Robert Randolph & The Family Band.

For his EP release show at The Music Hall davis is bringing his 11-piece band that includes his signature Midnight Choir and a horn section. Though he likes to treat his concerts like the ones he grew up with.

“Guys like Springsteen used to basically do two sets with an intermission, and I want this to feel like one of those shows," he says. "The first half of Davis’ concert will feature a stripped down set with his father on electric guitar and his younger sister on vocals. “When you’re working in Nashville as a songwriter you produce about two-hundred songs in a year so I feel like I’ve got a lot to work with on both sets.”

The second half will feature not only the Midnight Choir but Wando High School’s all-girl Bella Voce chorus. “A friend of mine has a daughter in the chorus and I really liked the idea of getting them involved,” he says.

Bella Voce consists of sixty-one singers, which lends itself to reinforcing a dynamite sound alongside the ever-boisterous Davis and his hulking band.

The immersive, brassy, Van Morrison-influenced sound of the Midnight Choir is ideal for a spacious, acoustics friendly venue like the Music Hall, and Davis knows it. He says, “When you’re a touring musician it’s hard to find a venue that fits you, but the Music Hall’s just an incredible space and we’re going to do everything we can to fill it well.”



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