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Alana Davis Biography


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Born: 1974/05/06
Birth Place: New York City, United States
Years Active: 1997–present
Genres: Pop


Alana Davis (born May 6, 1974 in New York City) is an American singer-songwriter. Her father, Walter Davis, Jr., was an African-American pianist who played alongside such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

A record deal with Elektra Records produced Davis' first two albums; ''Blame It on Me'', which was chosen as one of ''Times five best albums of 1997, and 2001's ''Fortune Cookies'', which featured production by The Neptunes and Ed Tuton. She released videos for the songs "32 Flavors" and "Crazy".

Davis achieved a radio hit with the single "32 Flavors" from her debut album. The song is a cover version of a track written and previously recorded by Ani DiFranco. ''Blame It on Me'' stayed on the Billboard Top 200 for seven weeks, peaking at #157 in February 1998 and reaching sales of over 240,000 in the United States.

After guest appearances on the soundtrack to ''The Mod Squad'' and Jay-Z's ''Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter'', Davis left Elektra and signed a single deal with Sony Records. She released the single "Carry On" on this label, and the song was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Sony Electronics.

Tired of the major record label, Davis went independent in 2005 and formed her own label Tigress Records. She released a third album, ''Surrender Dorothy'', on this label, featuring the single "Wide Open".

In 2006, Davis toured with Thievery Corporation for a couple of dates as a guest vocalist.

Davis is a fan of not only music, but also cats, particularly Tonkinese cats, which she breeds. She currently lives in Upstate New York.