In order to school you on who Frenchie Davis is, I’d have to bring up some elements that don’t define who she is today.
So let’s start off by saying one of the biggest voices ever to grace a stage will be performing at Trade night club on Friday, July 31 at San Francisco’s Beatbox Club.
Davis might be in the record books as being the only person to compete on both “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Not having won either title, people like Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee prove that you can still have a winning career without winning the crown.
Thrown immediately into the spotlight in 2003 when she hit the “Idol” stage, Davis’ big voice proved she was a talent that could not be denied. Her on-air tryout in the group competition round of the series made her and her group’s partner Kimberly Locke put them both in the spotlight and they still both remain popular.
Locke has remained a popular dance club singer and Davis will remind us Friday that she too can rock it to a dance beat.
But to get here, she’s traveled down many avenues, all showcasing her varied talents.
After “Idol,” Davis went on to Broadway’s “Rent” and had the great fortune of being a soloist in the show’s signature song, “Seasons of Love.”
That show lead Davis to taking many Broadway shows on tour – often ending up in Northern California.
With “Idol” winner Rueben Studdard, Davis went around the country with the show “Ain’t Misbehavin,” ending its run with a Grammy nomination for best cast album
Davis’ big voice also found a place in the show “Mahala” and, of course, was spotlighted in the show that requires a big belter, “Dreamgirls,” which played in San Jose and Sacramento where she brought down the house in the show’s signature song “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Shortly before trying out for “The Voice,” Davis took on the role of the Fairy Godmother in a Berkeley production of “Cinderella.”
Theatre obviously holds a warm place in Davis’ heart – but singing is her true calling. Besides performing at night clubs and hired as a vocalist on many remixers iTunes songs, Davis also has performed at cabarets, including ones in San Francisco, which showcase her diversity and talent.
One can only guess that her late night performance at Trade will definitely be one that has beat you can dance to and will feature a voice you will never forget.
Davis won’t be alone in making the night one not to forget. She will be joined by guests Mike Russell, DjNeon Leon and Hawthorne (Ghettodisco, EndUp).
Get tickets and information at www.beatboxsf.com.