Who is John T Davis?

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I’ve been a professional musician most of my life.  I play the Hammond B3 organ, piano and synthesizer.  I also sing, write music and perform on stage.

I dabble at art, philosophize about life and love to reiterate my thoughts and life stories, be it through music, paint brush or pen.

My choice of instruments?  It’s said the only organ that sounds better than a Hammond B3 Organ with ONE Leslie Tone Cabinet is a Hammond B3 Organ with TWO or more Leslie Tone Cabinets.   I don’t know whether I chose the Hammond B3 or it chose me but I really enjoy playing those 25 bass foot pedals.

Born in Virginia in 1945 and moving to Canada in 1970, I’ve had the privilege of being inspired and influenced by many different music styles, some great musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists.  I love to play, sing and write songs. I also thrive on learning, teaching and talking about music. It’s a part of my spiritual being.

“Glory Man, A Love Song For The People”, released in 2008, is one of my CD’s.  Glory Man was my first attempt at writing a song. It was actually written in the summer of  ’72, motivated by the war in Viet Nam and inspired by the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

Fans

Fans inspire me!   Where would my music be without people who want to listen to and be motivated by it?  It would still be there but the spirit would not be shared!

These beautiful people have supported me in some way and I would like to acknowledge their support and in some cases, their talents.

I support them too and I love them all.

Pop’s Wagon

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Pop’s Wagon Mural

Pop’s Wagon is John T.’s music genre that encompasses songs based on John T.’s roots in Virginia and the music that has influenced him in his travels between then and now.

The name “Pop’s Wagon” came from a horse drawn wagon that John T.’s father, Mr. John, once drove.

Pop’s Wagon also inspired the mural that John T. painted, which covers one wall in his down town Toronto studio and is used as the background image for this website.

Mr. John, once said to John T., “You got a long ways to go and a short time to go it in.”

You can search for all songs in the Pops Wagon genre on the Find A Song page.


Gospel House Genre

John T.’s Gospel House genre was influenced very strongly by his mother, Telia Elizabeth Cotton Davis Flynn (1910-1993).

“She loved Gospel music and so do I and I’ve learned why.  Gospel means “THE GOOD NEWS” (GODSPELL). And what’s the good news?  The 2nd coming of Christ The Messiah, His Father and our Father.  I am that I am.  He says He’s coming back to fulfill the rest of a prophecy, and am I ever glad.”

When John T.’s mother passed away in Newport News, Virginia in 1993, John T. brought back several items from her house, including …

  • A photo of his mother
  • A photo & news clipping of the great Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
  • The painting that graces the cover of the Glory Man album and CD label
  • A tapestry that John T. sent to his mother from Acapulco when he played on his 2nd boat cruise
  • “Her Bible, that I’ve almost worn out since ’93.  It celebrates her life that I had a privilege to be part of.”

Other people who helped instill the Gospel House spirit into John T.’s soul are George A.Cotton, Julia Cotton, Willie Mae & Nora Jean Cotton, Hillory W. Cotton, George Jr. Cotton, James O. Davis (Jimmy), John Thomas Davis Sr., Ms. Henrietta Fenner, Hilda Cotton Perry, Shirley Cotton Spicer and Jate Davis.

The painting G.I.V.E. in the slide show above was painted by a fan and friend, R. Lizotla, to commemorate the Gospel House song of the same name, G.I.V.E. It was painted during a performance where John T. played the song and given to John T. as a gift.

You can search for all songs in John T.’s Gospel House genre on the Find A Song page.

Thanks for listening and caring.

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