Derek Davis - Bio
Derek Davis hails from northern CA. A natural-born singer/songwriter/ musician and gifted performer, Davis began playing drums at the age of 11, later switching to vocals and guitar. He began his professional music career at the age of 16, writing songs, fronting bands, and headlining clubs, bars, and other music venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After relocating to Los Angeles in 1989, Davis and his newly formed rock band Babylon A.D. soon caught the attention of the legendary music mogul “Clive Davis”, who signed the band to a recording contract with Arista Records at a private showcase.
While at Arista Records, Babylon A.D. released two critically acclaimed CDs: The self-titled “Babylon A.D.” in 1990, which reached gold status, and “Nothing Sacred” in 1992. The band's first release produced three Top 10 songs on the A.O.R Metal charts: “Bang Go the Bells,” “Hammer Swings Down,” and “Kid Goes Wild.” The last track was the trailer track featured in the Orion Pictures film “RoboCop 2”. The band’s sophomore release “Nothing Sacred” produced two more Top 10 metal rockers: “Bad Blood” and “So Savage The Heart.” With strong video rotation on MTV and constant touring, Babylon A.D. soon became one of hard rock fans’ most popular bands.
As a former songwriter/co-publisher with Virgin/EMI Records, Davis has been fortunate to write songs and collaborate on various music projects with many notable songwriters and producers such as Jack Ponti (Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi), Tom Werman (Motley Crue and Cheap Trick), Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith), Gene Black (Rod Stewart), and Michael Anthony (Van Halen).
Over the past 30 years, Davis has showcased his extraordinary singing, songwriting, and musicianship in several areas. He has had several songs placed in films and TV, and has recorded eight albums with Babylon A.D., one with his band American Blues Box, and one with the band Moonshine, Davis has also produced three solo albums.
In January 2012, Davis released his first solo CD “Re-Volt”. On Apocalypse Records, which received rave reviews and a great response from fans alike.
In 2014, Davis had two new releases: The four-song EP “Lost Sessions/ Fresno CA” with Babylon A.D. and “Moonshine a southern blues rock album which was recorded at Eddie Van Halens 5150 studios, featuring an
all-star cast of industry musicians such as Buzzy James, Craig De Falco, Mike Malone and Mike Norton with guest appearances by Michael Anthony and Jane Child.
In 2015, Babylon A.D. released the CD “Live @XXV” to celebrate 25 years of recording and touring. The band also played many festivals and venues, including “Firefest” in Nottingham, England; the “Monsters of Rock Cruise” in the Bahamas; and the “Rock N Skull” in Chicago.
2016 highlights of Babylon A.D.’s include playing the "Bang Your Head Festival” in Balingen, Germany, as well as touring Europe and England, the band once again played the "Monsters of Rock Cruise” on the West Coast.
In March 2017, Derek Davis released his second solo album "Revolutionary Soul" A Soul/Funk/Rock inspired album that critics and fans alike praised. Several live concert dates with his new band 'The Revolutionary Souls' and with 'Babylon A.D." kept him busy all year.
In 2018 “Babylon A.D.” released "Revelation Highway” Via Frontiers Records' the home of bands such as Journey, Tesla, Rick Springfield, Asia and many world known musical artists. Playing more concert dates and festivals across the States and Europe.
On June 1st, 2019 Derek Davis released his third solo effort “Resonator Blues”, A Southern Rock Blues inspired album featuring five single/videos. Two songs from the album were # 1 on the iTunes Blues Single Charts, "Mississippi Mud "and "Death Letter”.
In May 2020 Davis and his new band The Revolutionary Souls” released their first single/video "Pandemic Blues" (The Summer Days) on WTF Sci- Fi Records.
2021 Derek was in the studio producing and writing new material and released the single/video “The War Of Love”.
In May 2022, Davis released the critical and controversial single/video “What Is Up Is Down” which has gained wide spread press and attention.
2023 latest news finds Davis and Babylon A.D. working together supporting the brand new live album release from Perris Records, “Live Lightning”. The new album includes their top-ten rock-radio classic hits “Hammer Swings Down”, “Kid Goes Wild", “Bang Go The Bells” from their debut release, their hit “Bad Blood” from the “Nothing Sacred” album and songs from their studio albums “American Blitzkrieg”, “The Lost Sessions” and their last release “Revelation Highway” are all featured.
The fourteen hard-rocking tracks on “Live Lightning” showcase the high- energy, powerful live performances that Babylon A.D. is renowned for as the band plans on hitting the road in support of the new album.
Currently Derek is writing and recording new music for his 4th solo album and also working on a new studio album with Babylon A.D. and playing live shows with his side project band Heavy 4/70’s.