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Biografie

Internet sensation Daves Highway is the Mississippi-based trio comprised of teen siblings Delaney, Zachary and Erika Daves. Since posting a home video on YouTube in 2009, the group has amassed more than 8 million video views, released 2 studio CDs, and have made concert and TV appearances across the U.S. Their latest work A Brand New Day is expected to leave listeners with a positive message of love and encouragement.

Set for release on December 10, 2013, the group’s latest work, A Brand New Day is their second full-length album that features 14 songs and a variety of original and classic tunes performed by the genre-bending siblings.

Produced by Andrew Reed of Artists International Media and recorded at Sedgwick Studios tucked away in the mountains of Asheville, NC, A Brand New Day continues to explore the teen siblings’ musical interests. The group’s deep roots in country and gospel music that shape their authentic, home-grown southern harmonies clearly reign as Daves Highway subdues their listeners with songs of a positive influence ranging from the rocker ‘Choose To Fly’ to the subtleties of ‘Edelweiss’. “I just love these kids and their family”, said producer Reed, “their love for God and life left me humbled and inspired. Daves Highway is the real deal.”

Their first full-length album, All This Time was released in September 2011. Produced by Sam Ashworth (Michael W. Smith, Sixpence None the Richer), the infectious album features a refreshing blend of country and gospel songs, half of which were written or co-written by the siblings. The album is highlighted by their distinct harmonies. “Mom is country, Dad is rock, and we are a Christian family in the South, so we have that country-rock-Christian sound going on in our music,” says Zachary.

In the Fall of 2009, Daves Highway began to gain a mass following online after posting some of their home video performances on YouTube and Facebook. Their version of Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah” exploded online, catching the attention of the songwriter himself. Tomlin was amazed by the kids’ rendition and posted the video on his blog for his fans to see. He also offered a standing invitation for the siblings to sing with him should he ever come close to their town.

A few months later, when Tomlin played in Memphis, TN, Daves Highway joined him on stage. “Singing with Chris Tomlin was a dream come true for us,” says Delaney. “There were about six thousand people in the crowd singing along! It was so awesome and definitely a moment we will never forget. It was a dream come true!”

Daves Highway released their first studio EP, in December 2009 featuring their version of “Jesus Messiah”. The song peaked at No. 25 on the Amazon MP3 Christian chart and entered the Amazon MP3 Top 75 Country songs. The EP, ‘Just For You’ was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Charlie Peacock. “You have to have a pretty guarded heart not to be thrilled by such young people singing perfect, three-part harmony!” Peacock says.

The 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.” Their love of music was inherited from their parents and it wasn’t long until the siblings picked up various instruments and discovered they could sing incredibly well together. “Music has always been a big part of our lives at home, church and school, whether we are just hanging out or being serious about it,” says Zachary. The versatile trio effortlessly jumps from one genre to another, citing their primary musical influences as Little Big Town, Chris Tomlin, Alabama, The Martins, and The Eagles.

The past few years have passed by quickly – they’ve traveled throughout the South sharing the stage at events with Bryan White, Mark Schultz, Neal McCoy, Bo Bice, The Martins, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Diamond Rio, Little Big Town and others. They are currently involved in a number of ministries including Light Up This City, Will Graham Evangelism, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

But the highlight of their week is always Wednesday night when they play in their church youth band. “The youth group at our home church, Meadow Grove Baptist has meant so much to us”, says Delaney. “And, our youth minister is so awesome. We’ve grown so much and are so thankful we’ve been involved in this ministry.” The siblings have the same group of friends, so they spend a lot of time together playing sports, watching movies, and just hanging out together.

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