Introduction: Garrick Davis- Live Entertainment - solo and band
Academy of Music Performance - Guitar Lessons, Vocal Coaching, Performance Coaching, Song Arrangement,
Bucket List Productions - Songwriting, arrangements, will produce your music to world class specs!
Thank you for checking my profile! My name is Garrick Davis. My artist name is "Garrick Davis World Blues".
Blues music is my emotional foundation but as an artist and songwriter, I have long evolved beyond the straight, identifiable traditional Blues but will always be touched and inspired by the emotional reach and storytelling of my ancestors. This is why I came up with the “World Blues” name.
Look me up on my website if you are seeking more background information. My guitar instruction side is called "Academy of Music Performance".
I am a full time musician, particularly thanks to my robust guitar and performance education business and the many live gig opportunities received through Thumbtack from the inception of this platform. Word of mouth and repeat clients have bolstered my ability to become better at my craft of live performance as the years go by. Teaching guitar has opened up an amazing range of songs genres I never touched on before I began teaching in 2002.
At this time I am open to a couple of new guitar student clients. My goal is to keep the numbers small as I am shifting to focus on my career as a performing music artist.
If you're interested in guitar lessons, know that I approach teaching holistically, I am still fascinated by the process of teaching as well as learning some new songs myself, once a student has gotten beyond the initial phase of improving technique in both hands, understanding the fretboard and finally understanding Music Theory in a useful, friendly manner.
It has become my goal to help un-crack the code of songs and music, thereby assisting a client toward "doing what I do" in learning virtually any song or at the very least come to a better understanding of song structure and what to listen for.
I am currently working on my 6th album of original music called "The Dignity Project". I am also the main promoter of a music festival that takes place in April in honor of my son called “Zach Fest”.
Why you should hire me as Live Entertainment:
When you hire my services for Live Entertainment you are bringing in a performing artist with more than 52 years of experience as a guitarist/vocalist/music interpreter, with 45+ of those years as a bandleader in order to play my originals and “select” covers. I work in many configurations from solo to a 7-piece full band. For ease, I tend to do most gigs as a soloist or with percussion and possibly cello.
I am able to hire many great musicians for gigs but they must be contacted well ahead of dates as they are “first call” level players. For a full band I definitely require ample lead time.
Alongside playing in clubs, theaters, and festival venues I have had a lot of experiences with private parties, house concerts, birthday celebrations, memorials, weddings, graveside funerals, marriage proposals(for which I am 12 for 12!), private "after wedding" performances of a special song, corporate events of all types, block parties, Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies. I have played in a weekly church band since 2016.
I urge you to look through my reviews, of which there are more than most in the Live Entertainment field. I am proud of my consistent 5 star ratings as that is the standard that comes through reliability and the work I've put in to come through for clients that trust that I will provide the best I can for every situation.
My longest solo job ever was a 4th of July block party in 2020, where I played for 6 hours, though I was originally hired for 4 hours. I never repeated one song.
Perhaps my most challenging performance was a graveside funeral for a family and husband who just lost their matriarch and wife, respectively, who had me sing one of the deceased favorite songs, "Into The Mystic"(Van Morrisson), just a short time after the loss of my own adult son. That experience taught me a lot about the caressing, comforting nature of music as the family stood around the casket at the gravesite. My duty to share beauty this woman herself would have loved too. I as her representative.
When performing solo for 2 or more hours I play both electric and acoustic guitars through quality gear. I can provide background or present a concert. Even a little of both when requested. I arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour ahead of the scheduled performance time to set up and start at the top of the requested hour.
It is through my work as a guitar instructor, songwriter, singer, bandleader, music fan and all, I am able to learn and perform a wide range of music. Within all of my presentations I add my own original music to the sets.
I can perform songs that aren't already in my repertoire provided I have at least 3-4 days to learn a particular song. I try not to accept the challenge of more than 2 specific client-requested songs per event.
It will be my pleasure to communicate with those of you interested in hiring me for your event. I may not be the cheapest musician you can find, but it is my hope that you will have been glad you found me. All in all that is what matters most when it's all said and done. Blessings!