Songwriter, Lyricist & Producer
Drue Davis is an award-winning vocalist who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, he was fascinated by a variety of music, from the radio’s Top 40 rock and pop hits to the crackling vinyl sounds of Motown and James Brown. He also loved the witty wordplay and memorable beats from the emerging sound of Hip Hop.
A talented entertainer, Drue began his musical journey as MC and producer for the Hip Hop indie group, Red Clay. He was able to give memorable live performances combining his rap skills with arrangements and harmonies reminiscent of early soul groups. Some of the venues the group performed in included places like CBGB’s and SOB’s, and they opened up for the likes of Erykah Badu, Common, and Talib Kweli. When asked about the music he made, Drue called it “Rugged Soul” because it’s essentially soul music that’s infused with other genres. The undeniable grooves and wordplay landed his group in the Source Magazine's Unsigned Hype column and a distribution deal with Rawkus records.
In the past year, Drue released his first solo project, Magic Man and the Beat Machine, encompassing sounds from the soulfulness of R&B, the pulsating drive of rock, and the raw emotion of hip hop. Songs from the project have been played on various radio platforms internationally. Recently, he has been touring as guest emcee and singer for YouTube sensation, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. His writing and vocal talents garnered him a Grammy Certificate for his contributions to the Children's Album of the Year, Home, by Tim Kubart. He has headlined his own shows at both BAM live, The Apollo Café, Rockwood Music Hall and a number of other venues. Backed by a band during live performances, Drue has been able to reach his audience and touch their souls in his own unique, soulful way.