Edwin Davis - Bass
Praised by opera critic Voce di Meche for his “juicy, booming and room-filling bass” accompanied by “mesmerizing, fully- immersed acting,” dramatic basso profondo, Edwin Jhamal Davis is a proud native of Utica, MS. He is an alumnus of Jackson State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre/Medicine with dual minors in Chemistry and Music. While at Jackson state, he studied voice under the tutelage of soprano, Phyllis Lewis-Hale. With her patient, selfless and dedicated instruction, he participated in a number of vocal competitions at the state, regional, and national levels claiming first prize at each.
In the Spring of 2014, he made his professional debut with the Mississippi Opera Company in the role of Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. He is a Master's Degree recipient of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he studied with well-acclaimed baritone, Mark Oswald, and has participated in a number of professional and academic engagements in the concert and opera repertoire; these include appearing as guest soloist at various national venues such as Pompano Beach Orchestra's presentation of Handel's Messiah, Bronx Concert Singers’ Winter and Spring presentations, St. Mark’s presentation of Messiah, Verdi's Luisa Miller as Wurm, Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart's Don Giovanni as Maseto, and covering Reverend Olin Blitch in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd.
After having graduated, Edwin is now an in-demand freelance artist featuring in recitals, concerts, and opera tours in greater New York City and nationally. He recently sang the world premiere of Brother Nat: Rise, Revolt, Redemption in the role of Will at the Boston Paramount theater. He was also recently a featured vocalist in the symphonic premiere of Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color, a musical work inspired by the photographic artistry of Andrew Feiler and composed by Doug Hooker. He's also well-committed to his love of working in community activism and advocacy aiding in educational prevention to decrease the likelihood of HIV/AIDS infections and other health disparities in young people of color; with which he has chosen to continue his educational endeavors in biological health sciences and technology. He has recently won the eastern regional title for the Marian Anderson Vocal Competition and will be participating in the nationals.