Official Biography (courtesy of Thornetta Davis)
She first gained attention in 1987 when she became back up singer for the Detroit soul band "Lamont Zodiac and The Love Signs". Shortly after, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to "The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis". In 1996 Thornetta recorded her first solo album "Sunday Morning Music" on the Seattle based label "Sub Pop" which received a rave revue in the national Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her song "Cry" from that album was featured on the HBO hit cable drama "The Sopranos".
Thornetta has opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more...her history is extensive and her performances are memorable...like the time she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan's Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz festival in 1992. Bonnie asked Thornetta to join her and Katie Webster (queen of the swamp boogie) for an encore song which received a standing ovation.
In 1999 Thornetta brought down the house with her astounding performance at the "Lillith Fair" at Michigan's Pine Knob Music Theatre hosted by Sarah Mclachlan...that same evening she attended the "Detroit Music Awards" where she proudly accepted 2 of the over 20 Music Awards that she has won over the last 20 years for "Best R&B/ Blues vocalist" and "Best R&B Group".
In 2006 Detroit's "Princess of the Blues" appeared again with Kid Rock during the Super Bowl week on "Jimmie Kimmel Live". In 2007 Thornetta performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and took a bit out of the "Big Apple" on "The View" and "The David Letterman Show".
Here's a few of Thornetta's other accomplishments
Thornetta Davis has appeared on the covers of "Living Blues" and "Big City Blues" Magazine.
The Little Steven VanZandt produced U.S. debut of Nigerian reggae artist Majek Fashek, on "Spirit of Love"
Sub pop recording artist "alternative rock band "Big Chief" on the album "Mack Avenue Scull Game"
Thornetta has performed background on Kid Rock his self titled 2003 CD "KID ROCK" and also Kid Rock's 2007 triple platinum album "Rock and Roll Jesus"
Thornetta also performed on the sound track for the film "Osmosis Jones" starring Bill Murray.
Her powerful singing voice has been heard on the hit television show "Xena Warrior Princess".
Her Cadillac commercial aired for the first time during the 2001 Academy Awards
Thornetta was also chosen to represent the DETROIT PISTONS 2001-2002
If you're from Michigan you are sure to have seen Thornetta in the Michigan State Lottery commercials. Coca-Cola selected Thornetta to revive the late 1960's "I'd Like to teach the world to sing" commercial.