Chance Moment Leads to a Sweet Creative Collaboration

Sweet Davis, which consists of Kristin Davis Hazlett (vocals), Pete Davis (drums) and Matt Ascione (guitar), is a mix of pop-oriented alternative rock fused with country riffs, melodious refrains and haunting vocals. The trio, who released their first EP “Bittersweet,” is taking a unique approach on their indie music path, the likes of which is garnering the southern-flavored band some phenomenal buzz. Releasing individual songs digitally and effectively utilizing social media sources for promotion as they work their way through to producing enough material for a CD. Kristin talks about the genesis of their songs and how the band got started as she was driving across the beautiful Virginia countryside.

“Growing up, our house was a musical household. Pete, being the drummer, didn’t want to lug his equipment around so our house became the rehearsal spot,” says Kristin. She recalls her somewhat accidental entry into a musical venture with her brother. One night the Davis home was host to a party/rehearsal, when the usual singer didn’t show up. Kristin, who was participating in the festivities, took the microphone on a whim, and stunned all with the beauty of her voice. This led to numerous gigs and the current line up with Matt Ascione, a good friend of the siblings, completing the trio with his guitar talent.

The band’s personal taste in music is incredibly eclectic — Pete Davis credits influences such as the Police, REM, The Smiths, and Sound garden for giving them their sweet sound. The range of alternative influences have somehow helped Sweet Davis channel up-tempo melodies, which when combined with Kristin’s unique voice, melodic orchestral arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics — creates something special that continues to evolve with every new song and recording.

Sweet Davis’ songs revolve around personal experiences, and though the first two songs on their EP deal with confronting difficult issues, their tone is upbeat and inspirational and the subject matter easily relatable. “We have a simple philosophy toward our song writing process”, noted Kristin. The basic skeleton starts with Kristin — who generally has a melody line or an idea for a song; a basic framework that she plays on guitar. Ascione comes in and further embellishes the song with guitar and bass lines and the process culminates with Pete Davis laying down drums and percussion.

Too Shy is Kristin’s’ reflection on her high school social life or lack thereof. “I was kind of a loner in high school and I always had a wall up so I didn’t think that people could really get to know me,” she says. “When you’re playing an instrument, most people don’t notice when you make a mistake — but hit a wrong note when you’re singing — and you have to play it off as if you meant to do it! SD (Sweet Davis) has helped me develop an inner confidence to express myself and my thoughts through our music.” The experiences made her more resilient.

Like most artists, Kristin mines her life for material about which to sing. “I have a lyric book I carry with me all of the time. To write things down is like a release and time capsule. When I go back and  look over my old lyric books, it reminds me where I was so I can appreciate where I am now,” she says laughing. “Ready’ is a song about one of the dark places from which she’s moved on. She was in long term relationship and had moved to the Middle East for his job. She didn’t want to go but felt she should relocate to give it one more try but as soon as she got there it was apparent to her that she shouldn’t have gone.

Since then, her life and lyrics have become more positive as reflected in “Sparks.” “I’m just in a much better place now and I think that is evident in our most recent tune. It is about hope and being excited about the future, but no matter where it goes it’s been a fun journey,” says Kristin with an obvious smile in her voice. Sweet Davis’ journey will likely include a compilation of cover songs, “We’re looking around for one we can make our own,” Pete says.

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