Moonlight Davis has been singing Gospel music in the Pentecostal Church since age 4 when he stood up on the offering table and sang the Lord’s Prayer. He has opened for the Wynans, conducted gospel choirs and sung in churches all over the East Coast. He plays keyboards and hand drums, having trained with Babtunde Olatunji. He led his own Rhythm and Blues band, called Magnum Force, featuring Fred Clayton on bass.
He has shared the stage with the legendary Billy Preston, and local musical luminaries including: Miro Sprague, Charles Neville, Samirah Evans, Derrik Jordan, and many more. He has been guest vocalist with many groups including: the Windham Orchestra led by Hugh Keelan; John Sheldon’s “Blue Streak”; “Simba”, Vermont’s premier R&B band; Wings! Chorus.
Moonlight is known for the intense emotional impact and mature musicality that he brings to the many genres his mastery encompasses: Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Pop, World Music. His harmonic expertise and ability to make a standard song into his own unique expression, has wowed audiences of any age, or musical taste, from Canada to New York to Virginia.
Since 1992, he has joined with his wife, Morning Star Chenven, in the group “Moonlight and Morning Star.” He composes and arranges much of the music for the group. Their collaborations include original songs, spoken word/musical compositions, arrangements of traditional music of the African American and Jewish traditions. They have performed at concert halls, coffee houses, universities and schools, community events and private functions. They have been frequently funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. They have recorded two albums together, “Thank You to Life” and “Fantasy”.
Mr. Davis has worked devotedly in his community in the Pioneer Valley of Western, Massachusetts to promote social justice, multicultural awareness and empowerment for young people. He leads vocal workshops and teaches voice and drum. He is also known for his visual art work, in mural creation and photographic cards.