Big Horizons

From busking on the streets to winning The Voice of Noosa 2012 and earning a Top 12 spot in X-Factor, Jimmy Davis is a local musician to look out for. Becca Saint chatted to the Cooran crooner ahead of his upcoming performance at the Caloundra Music Festival.

by @JohnCaruso on Friday, 16 Sep, 2016

Jimmy Davis picked up his first guitar when he was 14-years-old after he had been writing poetry and tried to add a medley behind it.

Little did he know he would be playing alongside the likes of Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lady Hawk and Thirsty Merc at the Caloundra Music Festival this September.

Busking on the streets and playing local mic nights, Jimmy finished school in year 10 to pursue his music career full time.

“I started playing and started writing and fell in love with that process” says Jimmy.

He travelled throughout the east coast from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast continuing busking and playing open mic nights where he met contacts who would later help him to self-publish his own six track EPMIXTAPE Vol. 1 at the start of this year.

“You meet people that ask you to record a song here or there and then I put them all onto one CD,” he said.

Although Jimmy faced the typical challenges of up–and- coming musicians trying to balance booking gigs and working, he has persevered with his music, continuing to write songs from the heart.

“Whenever I’ve had something wrong in my world, whether it be family-related or other personal matters, it’s all reflected musically,” he explains.

“I’ve never been afraid to express what’s going on in my music.”

As a musician that once joined many hopefuls busking on the streets, Jimmy likes to immerse himself with other local talent.

“I make a point of becoming friends with kids who have potential, kids who have their hearts in it,” he said.

The 22-year-old also has advice for up and coming musicians.

“Don’t be scared to put your heart on your sleeve and write something really personal and put it out there,” he says.

With the Caloundra Music Festival and a few yet-to-be-announced festival gigs, Jimmy also has other plans on the horizon.

“I’d love to record an album, to sit down in the studio for a few weeks and really put what I think is my best work together,” he explains.

With his exuberant passion, determination and talent fused within his own special mix of alternative rock, blues and folk, Jimmy is sure to carve his own way throughout the music scene.

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