Karl W. Davis was born in 1965 in Folkston, Georgia. A small rural community situated at the crossroads of Savannah and Macon with deep gospel and blues traditions. When Karl joined the African Methodist Church at the age of 9, he quickly became a fixture on the southeast Georgia gospel circuit as, not only a charismatic and passionate soloist, but the only white member of an all black congregation and choir.
Upon leaving the church for college in 1984, blues and soul music became his life. Travelling and performing on the chitin circuit from Virginia to Florida, Karl honed his ability to bring the power of a tent revival into every backwoods bar and uptown honky tank. Eventually bigger and better opportunities came along and he was fortunate enough to share the stage with many greats in the blues and R&B world such as; Gatemouth Brown, Crown Prince Waterford, Dr. John, Son Seals, Big Eye Willie Smith, Bob Margolin, Michael Burkes, Jimmy Johnson and many, many more.
Highlights of Karl’s Career
1981: Georgia Gospel Music Competition Young Male vocalist of the year
1982: Georgia gospel competition Young male vocalist of the year
1989: Freebird Foundation Inc. Award for Florida's best band
1991: USO Performer of the Year
1997: Winner of the Southeast Blues Challenge
1998: Winner of the Florida Blues Challenge
1998: Honorable mention International Blues Competition
In 2000 Karl was chosen to represent Jacksonville Florida at the premier music festival Rendez vous de l'Erdre festival in Nantes, France and continues to perform at the finest festivals and venues in Europe.
After the world renowned success of the Urban Voices Choir in Nantes, where for five years, he composed songs for and performed with one thousand singers, Karl is ready to hit the European blues and soul scene in a big way.
Karl's latest release “It's High Time” Churchill Nash Records (2014), is now garnering high critical acclaim in the U.S. and France and marks a new chapter in the career of this fire and brimstone gospel/blues powerhouse.
YANN CUYEU (Guitar)
NICOLAS MARY (Keys)
ANTOINE ESCALIER (Bass)
FABRICE BESSOUAT (Drums)
LAURENCE LE BACCON (Background Vocals)
MARGUERITE LORENZI (Background Vocals)
GILLES LE MOIGN (Sound Engineer, Producer)
A band of brothers brought together by common goals :
This groove machine is capable of the highest finesse in recording sessions coupled with a polished, shining showmanship on stage. Collectively these talented young men represent the cream of the crop of French musicians. They hold themselves to the highest of professional and creative standards. Each track on our self-produced album "It's High Time"reflects mature skills and an emotional depth rarely found in todays music. The Sweetpeas play it proud and strong.
So, go ahead, open up your ears, get it in your head, let it in your heart, you deserve the best !
The Accoustic Project
dogwog records (imprint), 2011
Red Herring Redux
Churchill-Nash Records, 2011
Next To Nowhere
dogwog records (imprint), 2011
CAGLE & NASH
Churchill-Nash Records, 2010