Situated approximately 30 minutes North East of the city of Cardiff sits the town of Blackwood, known to most people as being the hometown of The Manic Street Preachers, and to some as one of the main centres of The Welsh Chartist rebellion movement.
Its also home for a young singer - songwriter Rhys Davis.
Blackwoods the kind of place that breeds humble & grounded musicians & songwriters who fill your ears with songs concerning love, loss & ambition. Material that's full of real life raw emotion.
Davis draws inspiration from a variety of musical genres and holds a deep respect for any musician who strives to get their music heard.
known for his anthemic style tunes & his use of alternative tunings he is always looking for that hook or great melody line which will suck the listener in & take them to another place. If you like Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams, James Bay & Ben Howard it shouldn't take you long to see where this young singer - songwriters inspiration lies.
He studied at the acclaimed Academy of contemporary music in Guildford Surrey, where he gained a BMus honours degree in Music performance & Songwriting.
Whilst studying at ACM he was a regular at numerous open mic nights not only in Guildford but also, Brighton & London, where he gained valuable performance experience, along with the opportunity to perform With a variety of musicians from all types of genres.
Whilst living in the South East he got the chance to play & work with some of the U.Ks finest musicians including Frank Tontoh (Amy Winehouse) Paul Turner (Jamiroquai) & Jamie West-Oram from the band The Fixx to name just a few.
In December 2016 he supported Dan Reed during his solo acoustic tour of the U.K.
2016 ended on a high with him performing his songs at various music venues around the U.K, receiving positive feedback & gaining new fans of his music.
In April 2017 he started work on his new EP called "Chasing Light" which is now available to download & stream all the major online platforms including iTunes, Spotify & Deezer.
Chasing Light has received positive reviews & the first single "The Light" has had good radio play in the UK, Canada & the U.S
Below is the latest review of Chasing Light by Down the front media.
"In a genre filled with young singer/songwriters all eager to share their stories of lost love, heartbreak, hard life lessons, and dreams of the future, you’ll find every man and his acoustic guitar scrambling for a place among the Indie/Folk/Pop/Alternative elite. Occasionally, there’s a gem that shines a little brighter than the rest. That’s where Rhys Davis comes into play with his second EP ‘Chasing Light’.
Rhys Davis hails from Blackwood, a small town in Caerphilly, South Wales. He studied at the acclaimed Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey where he gained a BMus Honours degree in music performance and song-writing. In early September 2016 he released his first EP ‘Reflections’, after which he went on to support Dan Reed on his UK tour in December 2016.
On August 25th 2017 Davis released his second EP ‘Chasing Light’ that consists of 4 tracks; ‘Somebody’ (due for single release on September 8th 2017), ‘The Light’, ‘Something Like September’ and ‘Take me Home’. That’s 15 minutes of upbeat tracks, full of light melodies with interesting rhythm and hooks that are evidently influenced by the musical talents of John Mayer, Ben Howard and Jeff Buckley.
Throughout the EP you’ll find choruses that are catchy with easy vocals that ooze smooth, easy listening from start to finish. Lyrically the album is beautifully constructed, set to jangly and light guitars that seem to lift the spirit. His music reminds me of summer nights, strolls along the river, laughing and just enjoying the simpler things in life. It’s a feel good EP and it really put a smile on my face and lifted the heaviness I’ve felt just lately. So, if you’re looking for an EP that will help you shake off the moody blues, maybe a few songs to chill out to with a glass of wine then look no further than Rhys Davis. Better yet, drink that glass of wine at a live performance! "