91: Meet Elise Davis

Elise Davis hangs her hat in Nashville and her heart in Little Rock.

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Elise Davis; singer songwriter/touring artist and songwriter for Horipro Publishing in Nashville. I was born in Dallas, but have lived in Little Rock most of my life (other than college in Dallas and Fayetteville). After college, I moved back to Little Rock got a job at Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, and touring with my band on the weekends.

After finishing my 4th album, I spent a lot of time figuring out where my music was taking me. On a flight back from Los Angeles where I'd been playing some solo shows, I decided to move to Nashville. My heart has always been full of a desire to write, tour and play in a way I can't really control, I just decided Nashville is where I needed to be. I got back that night and googled apartments and waitressing jobs and moved a month later. 

Upon moving I made my 5th album, "Cheap Date", and just began to go door-to-door, asking venues for gigs. I have been here 2-1/2 years now. In March of 2013, I released an EP entitled "Big Ol' Dreams" and I was offered my first publishing deal with Horipro Publishing, sponsored by American Songwriter and Martin Guitar

I feel that Nashville has been a place that has nourished my songwriting and really allowed me to grow (and continue to grow) into myself as an artist/writer. 

I am currently in the studio finishing up a new EP and touring regularly. I was in the studio until about midnight last night and, literally, my eyes kept watering at how cool the recordings are turning out. The longer I write and record, the better I am able to articulate what I want a recording to sound like--and this time around has been awesome. I've really been pushing myself to make the best music I have in me.

I will be touring a lot in the coming months and, upon the EP release, and I'll post details on my bandpage and all that other social media stuff. I will definitely come to Little Rock to play a full band show after the release--and I am pumped! I love coming back home to play. 

2. What do you think is the best album to come out of LR in the past 10 years? Adam Faucett's More Like A Temple. I am lucky to say Adam is a good friend of mine but that has nothing to do with why I listen to his music. He is an unbelievable songwriter and has so many amazing moments of lyric and melody combinations in his songs that never get old to me. My three favorite songs are "Saturday", "The Way You See It", and "Walkin Home Late".  

3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in Little Rock? This is a tough one to answer because I love food, and I love a lot of restaurants in Little Rock. I am going to go with U.S. Pizza. It's been a favorite since childhood. A side salad supreme, pepperoni pizza, and a pitcher of beer. (Yes, I dip my pizza in their ranch, and it's probably horrible for you, but I can't help it--that stuff is like crack.)

4. It's a Saturday -- what's on your agenda? If I am not driving to a show somewhere, an ideal saturday for me would go like this: I would get up, go on a run, shower, make a pot of coffee and a big breakfast. Then post up in my room with my laptop and my guitar and write music all day, taking breaks here and there and maybe work on a painting (I am always kind of working on a painting) or read. Once I got to a stopping point, I would throw on some make-up and meet a couple of close friends for late afternoon drinks and dinner. Maybe end the night going to see a show or on occasion drunken karaoke at some honkey tonk. 

5. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves...seeing my family, seeing my friends, and a visit to the White Water Tavern

For details on Elise's upcoming album release and her tour schedule, visit her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.