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One month after graduating college, Jacob Davis found himself working on an oil rig. And he was miserable. Nashville was calling and the singer-songwriter wanted nothing more than to answer, but there was a problem: His parents wouldn’t let him.

The Shreveport, La., native was a grown man capable of making his own decisions, but he respected Mom and Dad and they were insistent that he take a year to learn life skills. “When I finally quit, my parents were very supportive of me moving to Nashville because I held up my own end of the deal, and they knew that I had learned that work ethic,” Davis, a 2017 Taste of Country RISER, says. “You quit a job where you’re making money to go chase a crazy dream. They have to understand that it’s real.”

You’ll see and hear Davis’ hometown influences each time he takes the stage. He’s a showman, appropriate for someone raised where the Louisiana Hayride broadcasts still echo. Funk and soul permeate his songs, written of characters found on oil rigs or in the casinos on the fringes of town.

“My first professional live performance was in Baton Rouge, La.,” Davis remembers. “I was a senior in college and I somehow talked this bar owner into letting me play on a Wednesday night, I knew probably 10 songs. He’s like, ‘I need two and a half hours out of you.’ I just played 10 songs over and over again as long as I could.”

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With the audience support of his then-girlfriend’s sorority house, the gig recurred every week for a few months. Davis says that’s where he caught the performance bug.

Now married with a 1-year-old little girl, the singer-songwriter still finds his thoughts wandering elsewhere, just like they did when he was on that oil rig. Though his heart aches on the road when he misses one of his daughter’s developmental milestones, Davis knows he’s sacrificing if for something he loves and believes in. He’s written a song or two about his girls. FaceTime is nearly as important as air and water.

“Luckily I didn’t miss her walking,” he says. “I was worried that I was going to miss that, but on a weekend she decided to get up and start moving around, so I got lucky.”

Last may, Davis signed to Black River Entertainment, Kelsea Ballerini’s record label. His debut single “What I Wanna Be” is available digitally now.

Jacob Davis On Set at the 2017 RISERS Shoot

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