Genre: Blues, Rock
"A musical powerhouse creating the perfect combination of rock and soul."
Davina Robinson is an American singer-songwriter based in Osaka, Japan. She has become known locally for her powerful, bluesy voice and energetic live performances.
Though a rock and blues singer at heart, Davina has displayed her versatility in a variety of genres, having played in many live situations as a front woman for cover bands and acoustic duos. She has also performed back-up vocals for Ray Parker Jr. and Cheryl Lynn, and has performed live on Japanese radio stations.
Davina began focusing on her original material, and released her first album, The Blazing Heart, in May 2008. The EP highlighted Davina's ability to merge rock, blues and funk, calling her approach "powerhouse rock n' roll soul". Songs from the EP, particularly "Making Love To Your Girlfriend", lead to accolades from the Billboard Song Contest and VH-1 Song of the Year Contest, among others. Davina supported the release with an acoustic tour of the Los Angeles area.
Davina released the digital single "Osaka Boys" two years later, and the track is featured on her first full-length album, Black Rock Warrior Queen, released November 2011. "Osaka Boys" has become an audience favorite at her live shows, including those at Hard Rock Cafe Osaka, where she performs regularly with her stellar lineup of support musicians. Shortly after the release of Black Rock Warrior Queen, Davina expanded her fan base by playing to receptive crowds in Tokyo and Yokohama, then followed up on the local popularity of "Osaka Boys" by releasing a promotional music video of the song.
Davina has also utilized her distinctive voice and personality for narration and television; past examples include a jingle for Osaka radio station FM-802, a local commercial for Mister Donuts, a nationwide bug spray commercial for the KINCHO company and occasional appearances on a Kansai-area morning TV show.
Davina continues to generate buzz with her powerful voice and energetic live performances, earning the Hiram Bullock Award in Fall 2012. Most recently, she became the Hard Rock Rising representative band for Osaka, a worldwide contest which began with over 12,000 entries and landed Davina in the Top 96, and won the Best Band Award at the 2013 Kansai Music Conference. Davina has taken her music and brand to a new level as the boundary-defying American woman rocking the Japanese independent music scene.