Jon Christopher Davis (born June 27, 1968) is an American musician and singer-songwriter best known for the songs, "Relay For Life" (American Cancer Society), "The Boy I Left Behind," "Lone Star Attitude," "Baby Looks Good on You" and "The Bottom Line." His musical influences include The Eagles, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.
Davis began his musical career in the early 1990s playing the Dallas club scene. In 1996 he moved to Nashville under the guidance of Texas singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. In 1998, he signed with Warner/Chappell Music as a staff songwriter, where he wrote songs for such artists as Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sherrie Austin. In 1999, Jon Christopher signed a developmental artist deal with Warner Bros. Records. Although the project was shelved by the label for not being Country enough, his self produced recordings caught the attention of producer Dann Huff. Huff quickly signed Davis to his new subsidiary label under Sony Records; but after two years, Sony pulled the plug on the project due to internal politics between Huff and Sony.
In 2002, Jon Christopher signed a new development deal with MCA Records, where Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster took the role of producing the album. That same year, he also signed a new publishing deal with BMG Publishing where he wrote two of his biggest songs, "Lone Star Attitude" and "Baby Looks Good on You".
After listening to the Foster-produced tracks, MCA executives considered them 'too Texas' for Nashville. So, under Foster's advisement, Davis returned to his Texas roots and signed with indie label Palo Duro Records. After his debut CD received a nationwide release in 2006, USA Today selected the song "The Bottom Line" from the album as one of the most intriguing tracks from the present, the past and the near future. The album also got the attention of popular music critic Robert K. Oermann, who wrote, "I'm a huge fan of this man's album. Its second single sizzles with zesty rhythm, yelping vocals, sidewinder guitar and a ridiculously catchy melody. The major-label 'stars' on Music Row have nothing on this guy."
In September 2008, Jon Christopher launched the Dallas sonic branding company www.JustCoolMusic.com with his business partner, John "Sparky" Pearson. Its first release was a patriotic song called "The Boy I Left Behind", a duet written and recorded by Jon Christopher and fellow Texas singer-songwriter, Deryl Dodd, that eventually became the official theme song for The American Fallen Soldiers Project.
In 2009, he became the Texas-state-wide voice for TXU Energy, and released the 2-disk album Demos from the Vault (1999-2009).
In 2010, Jon Christopher wrote and recorded "Relay For Life," which soon after won the national Relay For Life Music Contest held by the American Cancer Society. The anthem is played at Relay For Life events around the world.
In 2011, he co-wrote & produced theme songs for the National PTA, Texas Department of Tourism, G4S, IBEW and the advocacy/legal defense organization, Liberty Institute. "Don't Tear Me Down," written for Liberty Institute, received national attention when the Washington Post reported on the controversial legal battle and music video.
In 2012, Jon Christopher co-wrote and produced "Power of a Girl" for the Girl Scouts 100 year anniversary. The track features members from the pop-country group, Lakoda Rayne, as seen on The X Factor. That same year, his music was featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, the Style Network, CW Network, Pentagon Network and the Oxygen Channel. Also, in 2012, Jon Christopher was a featured artist on Troubadour TX, a national documentary TV show focusing on Texas singer-songwriters.
In 2013, LSA Burger Co. (named after his song, Lone Star Attitude) opened in downtown Denton, TX. It is the first gourmet burger joint in Texas to honor its musical legends and trailblazers. Jon Christopher is a partner in the business.
In 2014, he released the album Last Night's Dinner Party. The album features many guest artists, such as Maylee Thomas, Annagrey, Anson Funderburgh, Tom Faulkner, Chaz Marie, Cary Pierce (Jackopierce), Stan Lynch (The Heartbreakers) and John Cowan (Doobie Brothers).
Currently, Davis is playing live across North Texas, doing studio session work, and fronting his private party band, Lone Star Attitude.
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