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Internet singing sensation Daves Highway is the
young Mississippi-based trio comprised of
siblings Delaney, Zachary and Erika Daves.
Thanks to fans who solicited the attention of three
major influencers, Daves Highway is an
emerging act in the worlds of both country and
gospel music.
Earlier this year, the children’s parents posted
home videos of the three kids singing Little Big
Town ’s country hit "Boondocks" and the gospel
song "Jesus Messiah," originally recorded by
Chris Tomlin, on YouTube. The children ’s genre-
bending three-part harmonies quickly captivated
thousands of fans, and soon, one of them tipped
off popular comedian Anita Renfroe. Renfroe,
who regularly appears on ABC’s “Good Morning
America,” responded with a September 9 blog
entry on her Web site featuring a Daves Highway
YouTube link and this remark: “OK – seriously …
Whoever these kids are - call me … go on tour
with me. ” Thousands of Renfroe’s fans flocked to
the link with many of them posting profuse
thanks to her for the introduction.
Even as Daves Highway sought to take the
comedian up on her tour offer, one of the trio’s
fans told Chris Tomlin, the influential writer/
performer of “Jesus Messiah,” about the children’s
cover of his song. Tomlin was floored. With an
October 12 blog entry titled, “Astonishing
Sibling Video…MUST SEE,” Tomlin thanked the fan
who gave him the link and told others on his site,
“ Here is the video I recently came across. This
made my day … year! If you know these kids,
please send them my love. And they must sing
this with me if I am ever traveling through their
town. Are you ready ?”
As a still-amazed Delaney, the eldest sibling,
explains, “We recorded ‘Jesus Messiah’ in our
living room. … Chris Tomlin found it, and he
posted it on his Twitter and his Web site.
People saw it and just kept sending it to their
friends, and it just exploded. We got like 10,000
new fans in one week. ” (Today, Daves Highway
has more than 18,000 Facebook fans.)
Within days, Daves Highway had its first plug on
a national broadcast as the K-LOVE Radio
Network ’s “20 The Countdown Magazine” show
highlighted the kids’ growing popularity. At about
the same time, a Daves Highway fan in Denver,
Colorado cued the attention of yet another major
influencer —Grammy Award-winning producer
Charlie Peacock (Switchfoot, David Crowder
Band). "As soon as I watched the first video on
YouTube, I was hooked, ” says Peacock. “You
have to have a pretty guarded heart not to be
thrilled by children singing perfect three-part
Peacock, who discovered Switchfoot, among
others, e-mailed Daves Highway with a simple
but career-sparking question —“How may I serve
you?” The children’s father wrote back: "If you are
the ‘real’ Charlie Peacock, it's an honor to hear
from you." By mid-November, the Daves family
was in Nashville for an all-day recording session
with the producer which resulted in the children ’s
new 6-song EP titled Just For You (Twenty Ten
Music). The EP includes new recordings of the
YouTube favorites “Boondocks,” “Jesus Messiah”
and “Amazing Grace.”
"I couldn't believe how hard these kids worked in
the studio, ” says Peacock, who—as Sr. Vice
President of A&R for Twenty Ten Music, an artist
development and publishing company —signed
Daves Highway. “They were such pros. And they
coached and corrected each other really well. I
barely had to do anything except hit the record
button." (For more information, visit Twenty
Ten Music.)
Daves Highway’s first date with Anita Renfroe,
meanwhile, not only put the group in front of the
comedian ’s enthusiastic audience, the kids
received a special invitation from one of Atlanta’s
leading radio stations and local television. Just
before Thanksgiving, Daves Highway visited
104.7 The Fish ’s “Top 5 at 5” afternoon drive
show to serve as guest DJs and offer in-studio
performances. The trio then performed on the
“ Atlanta Live” television show on WATC 57.
A month later, the Peacock-produced recording
of “Jesus Messiah” was made available for sale as
an Amazon MP3 download and immediately
appeared on both the site ’s Country and Christian
sales charts. The song has reached No. 25 on the
Christian chart while entering the Top 75 Country
songs. (“Jesus Messiah” is now on sale at iTunes
and other key download sites.)
Daves Highway closed out 2009 with The Martins
as the gospel music legends invited the young
trio to perform “Jesus Messiah” at their New
Year's Eve concert in Southaven, Mississippi. “The
Martins were so nice to us,” says Zachary Daves.
“We love them! We went to see their concert,
and they knew about us and asked us to perform
impromptu. ”
The Brandon, Mississippi-based trio has been
performing together for four years. The self-
taught trio ’s voices combine to create a
remarkable musical blend, which can only be
created by what ’s known in the South as “blood
harmony.” Prior to becoming the internet
sensation Daves Highway, the young siblings
began singing in church and school and then
won the 2006 Mississippi State Fair Talent
Competition. Regional notoriety resulted in
invitations to perform on local television in nearby
Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and
sing "The Star-Spangled Banner” at games hosted
by the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and various
minor league baseball and hockey teams. The
versatile trio which effortlessly jumps from one
genre to another cites its primary musical
influences as the Eagles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The
Martins, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum,
among others, and especially enjoys performing
country, classic rock and gospel. Delaney, who is
15, plays guitar, mandolin and sings alto; 14-year-
old Zachary plays acoustic and electric guitar and
sings tenor; and 12-year-old Erika plays piano and
sings soprano. !

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