McKinney’s own Jon Christopher Davis has big news, and he wants us all to be a part of it.
“Two things,” says Davis, “On June 11th, Troubadour, TX, a new t.v. show that’s debuting in September, will be filming my concert at Wales Manor. I will also be recording a new live album that night.”
Troubadour, TX, a 22 episode docu-reality series, is slated to debut on the CW Network and the London Broadcasting Company in September, and will take a look at the lives of Lone Star State singer/songwriters, including McKinney’s Davis.
Among Davis’ many musical accomplishments include his hit songs “Lone Star Attitude” and “Baby Looks Good on You”, both of which have turned into hit brands as well. In 2008, he and Deryl Dodd released the song, “The Boy I Left Behind”, which is now the official theme song for The American Fallen Soldiers Project. In 2009, Davis became the state-wide voice for TXU Energy, and in 2010, he penned the national theme song, “Relay for Life”, for the American Cancer Society. In addition to Texas Troubadour and the live album, he is currently working with G4S (the second largest employer next to Walmart) with his latest release, “Securing your World”, and penning and producing music for The Texas Legends, the new NBA-D team owned by Donnie Nelson.
“I have literally played all over the United States and Wales Manor is my absolute favorite place to play in Texas,” says Davis, “This place has charm. There is something magical about it – cool people, great Texas music – it’s a nice recipe for a good time.”
Wales Manor Winery and Vinyard, located at 4488 County Road 408, is owned by John “Josey” Wales. In 1997, Wales, a 767 pilot with American Airlines, built his vinyard and house, and in 2001, built the winery. By 2003 he was producing wine. In 2007, Wales opened his doors to the public, and last year alone, he entertained over 10,000 guests, many of whom came out to enjoy “Music Under the Stars” at what has become a favorite North Texas outdoor music venue.
“It’s like an adult rave,” says Wales, “We don’t advertise, but people find us anyway. We had 10,000 guests last year, and are expecting up to 12,000 this year.”
“John is great,” says Davis, “He is very artist friendly, and has a real heart for songwriters. He is carving a unique niche, and it is working. I’m bringing [the Troubadour, TX shoot and live album recording] to Wales Manor. That’s how much I think of him.”
Photos courtesy of Wales Manor and Jon Christopher Davis. Video courtesy of Troubadour, TX.