Some are meant to keep their head down, do what’s expected, lead a safe life. Wesley Davis has never found that intriguing. Unapologetically himself, Wesley does life and music without regrets.
“That’s how I’ve always felt like I ran with life and I enjoy it more because of that,” Wesley says. “I feel like there’s a lot of people out there that feel the same way.”
Raised around the healing springs of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, Wesley cultivated a widespread and eclectic love for music. Red Boiling Springs was the perfect background for Wesley to grow up in. His parents, who are still married, loved and supported him and his sister. His father was a dedicated southern rock guitarist and by age 9, Wesley was learning chords and developing finger blisters from attempting Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) licks. A couple years later, he started covering songs by some of his favorites like Phillip Phillips and Blake Shelton. He tried his hand at writing at 14, and his parents encouraged him to pursue music and drove him around to gigs at local hotels and talent shows in Red Boiling Springs. He had caught the bug.
Wesley remembers being a kid who didn’t really look for trouble, but didn’t run from it either. In high school, his friends enjoyed the typical small-town, Southern boy Friday night.
“We’d all go meet across from the Sonic, we’d eat, then we’d go riding on back roads, raising hell because there was nothing else to do,” Wesley says. “When I go back now we still pretty much do the same thing.”
Because of his broad musical taste, Wesley considered pursuing different types of genres. He landed on country after hearing Keith Urban’s “Cop Car,” a song written by another one of his influences, Sam Hunt.
After graduating high school in a class of just 46, Wesley chose the recording industry management program at Middle Tennessee State University for college. At MTSU, he’s met a lot of his frequent collaborators and has been a student-favorite for shows and open-mic nights.
In 2016, Wesley released his first single, “Summertime Hit,” which has held up to his name by being picked up on several radio stations around Tennessee, as well as garnered thousands of streams.
In 2017, Wesley was selected to participate in the Nashville Dreamin’ album; a collaborative project for rising Nashville artists where he released “Blue” another original of his. During the summer of 2018, he played around 40 shows and festivals all around the southeast.
Wesley describes his sound as modern country with rock overtones and pop undertones with hints of classic country lyrics. Influenced by modern country artists dipped in all of these genres, Wesley draws inspiration from an eclectic mix of Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The music of these artists and genres alike were the soundtrack to his formative years, and he respects that connection those artists made. He prides rock musicianship and makes music that he is proud of, but making a connection is what Wesley’s most concerned with.
Wesley is a one-man show; writing, recording and co-producing his own material. 2018 finds Wesley enjoying traction on his newest angsty jam, “Never Left Me.” He has plans to release his first EP, before the end of 2019.
He hopes the EP communicates the mantra that he has lived by his entire life.
“Be yourself even if whatever you’re doing and believing in is not what the people around you think you should be doing. If you’re passionate about it, if it makes you happy, if people don’t like it, so be it.”
- LB Rogers, Music Row Magazine