WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis is not a household name right now, but that could all change in a hurry if he takes home a Grammy award later this month.
From the living room of his modest home in Wallingford, Davis has been writing and producing hit records for the past six years. But his already stellar career has reached a new level, his Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B performance for his production work on the song ‘Quiet Fire’ performed by Maysa.
“To be represented by your peers saying that this is a great song, you did a great job,” said Davis. “I mean, it’s the Super Bowl of the music industry.”
Davis says he was born with a gift and music has been a part of his life since childhood.
“Ever since the age of four, anything I hear I can play,” said Davis.
After serving in the Marines and even working as a security guard to pay the bills, Davis got the chance to work with R&B superstar Brian McKnight. Since then, he’s produced more than fifty albums including five songs that have reached number one on the Smooth Jazz Charts. Those records and his Grammy nominated song produced in the comfort of his living room.
“I played it, I mixed it and I produced it,” said Davis.
Davis who plays the piano, bass, guitar, tuba and xylophone says he has no plans to leave Wallingford even if he does take home that coveted Grammy.
He will continue to perfect his gift, his passion producing great records
“They’re the one who is there that see the vision and that’s my job, that’s why I say I’m like Spielberg when it comes to a song, but I only have three minutes and thirty five seconds,” said Davis.
Chris says his producing idol is non-other than the legendary Quincy Jones.
He also dreams of working with Stevie Wonder, who he says sent him an e-mail congratulating him on his Grammy nomination, telling him how much he loved ‘Quiet Fire’.
So who knows we just might see a collaboration between Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis and the great Stevie Wonder someday!