A’ndre Davis struck a beautiful chord for synchronization when he tapped into his talents of singing, and producing music.
Although apt with a smooth and dulcet voice, singing is not a first love. Playwright is the it factor for Davis that brings him immense, purposeful joy.
The masterful rhythm and blues singer is producer, writer and lead of the cerebral hit play Man of the House. It’s a potent anecdote highlighting domestic violence in men.
“The plays I’ve been in, and that I normally see, they have the females being abused by a boyfriend or a husband. She then falls in love with a neighbor at the end of the play, and they run off into the sunset,” says Davis. “So, I just had the idea to show the other side of that coin and what it would look like if the man was being abused, and the abuse was more verbal and emotional as opposed to physical.”
A’ndre Davis is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He grew up singing in church, but even with a musical background, he would enjoy the inclusiveness of writing, producing and starring in his own theatrical shows.
He tested his endowments in popular musical productions like Dream Girls, Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places, After The Walk starring national R&B recording artist Kelly Price.m, and Underneath It All featuring Gospel Recording artist, Kierra Sheard, to name a few.
Davis opened while touring with The Temptations— He’s opened for R&B luminaries like Freddie Jackson,Mint Condition, Regina Belle, Anthony Hamilton, Carl Thomas, Frankie Beverly and Maize, Musiq Soulchild, Jaheim, Patti Labelle, Dwele, Boyz 2 Men, Brian Mcknight, Mike Epps, Talent, Tamia, India Arie, Naughty by Nature, Avant, Wendy Williams, Tank, Kem, and Joe.
“I was blessed with a resume— got to work with some great people like you said, The Temptations. I was able to open up for like, some of the legends, Pattie Labelle, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and then I was able to work some people like Jaheim and Tank, and Joe.
So, it was like a who’s who on my resume— (I felt) super blessed and, every time I was able to step on the stage, especially back then, I was getting paid to learn, because I didn’t know (anything). I was very new. If I’m going to be completely transparent, a lot of times, I didn’t feel like I was even qualified to be on these stages with some of the people I was opening for; so, it literally was me learning the whole process in front of these huge audiences.”
A’ndre is CEO of A-Diamond Entertainment, writer, director, producer, and lead of several stage plays including the highly anticipated, Man Of The House, which is running each weekend at SoHo Playhouse during the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness.
Davis has always focused on rendering issues surrounding Black families like mental health and the state or Black civil rights activist, which led him to release work, "The BreakDown" and "Is This What We Paid For.” He’s directed, and produced award-winning short called “Attacked From All Angles.” The film is rated in the best short film category at the NYC Kwanzaa Film Festival.
When Davis started the production for Man of the House in 2014, he had one hundred and fifty dollars, to finance the stage play… “I had zero money but I just kept hearing God say go, and I trusted him enough to go; and, here we are 8 years later. We just celebrated our 8th year anniversary last week. In August it made 8 years, so there’s just no greater feeling than that, for me”
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“Every day that I’m able to continue to do this knowing where I started,” he says, “ it just reaffirms the fact that I am literally walking in my calling, and my purpose on this earth; and for me, there’s no greater feeling than that.”
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