Frenchie Davis tells it, the way it is
Since Star Search first aired in 1983, there have been over twenty different talent-based Reality TV shows. From these shows, few people are memorable. Of those, even fewer have real talent. Frenchie Davis, in a rare move, has appeared on two talent shows and she is not apologizing for her choices. Those choices separate her from other show contestants. In a sit down interview, ten minutes away from where she grew up in Los Angeles, we talked about her new single, her experience on The Voice, her status as one of the go-to divas for Pride events, and her recent coming out as bisexual or re-coming out.
Victor Yates: Tell me about your new single, “Love’s Got A Hold On Me.” It’s very dance-pop, which is a switch from the Frenchie sound your fans are use to. What motivated this sound?
Frenchie Davis: A number of things contributed to my shift to dance music. I guess it started with my growing fan base within the gay community. Many of them are fans of dance music. I would perform at various Pride events and gay clubs. The DJs there and people I would meet would say, your voice would sound amazing over house tracks. I was performing for the gay boys in Brazil for Carnival, where I met DJ Tony Moran. He said I’m working on an album and I would love to have you on one of my tracks. I sang on one of his tracks [“You Are”]. It ended up peeking at No. 5 on the Billboard Dance Charts. We didn’t push it or market it.
VY: That’s the great thing about the music industry today. Once someone gets hold of something, it can quickly pick up.
FD: Word of mouth can do so much. It happened with the Tony Moran record, because he has a huge following and the gay boys have followed me throughout my career. By word of mouth, it grew to a No. 5 record, which I’m not mad at. The people above me were Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Rihanna. So I was in good company. Then I was performing at a gay club one night, and the casting director from The Voice, happened to be in the audience. She told me that she was working on a new show, from the same producers who did The Sing Off. Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera would be involved and she thought it could be a great vehicle for me. I was apprehensive at first, because of my experience with Idol. But after soul searching, I realized it was fear holding me back. I’m a very spiritual person and I believe things don’t happen by coincidence. I decided I’m going to walk the path and trust that God has something amazing for me. Two months later, I was on The Voice, then Team Christina.
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