Davis Martin is the drummer behind Grammy nominated singer/songwriter LeRoy Bell. He performed on LeRoy’s 2007 release “Live In 3-D” and 2008’s highly acclaimed “A Change Is Coming.” They currently tour internationally as both a headlining act and support for artists including Al Green, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James,Train, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and many others. They are currently in the studio following up LeRoy’s success on Fox’s X Factor.
Davis founded the band Maktub and has performed with them since 1996. Maktub, fronted by the brilliant comic/vocalist Reggie Watts, recorded their first nationally released record “Subtle Ways” in 1999 for which they were awarded “Northwest Soul Album of the Year” by the N.W. Grammy Association. The Washington Post heralded 2001’s “Khronos” a “soul rock masterpiece.” Maktub released “Say What You Mean” in 2005 with assistance from Grammy award winning producers Bob Power and Joe Chiccarelli. “Start it Over” was released in 2007 with producers Steve Fisk and Stuart Hallerman. Michael Cozzi produced their latest record “Five” in 2009. Maktub have shared the stage with The Dave Mathews Band, Coldplay, Maroon 5 and many others. Their songs have been licensed to major motion pictures and network television shows including the movie “Traffic” and HBO’s “The Wire.” Their sixth record is due 2013.
As a studio session player, Davis is proud to have recently recorded an album/soundtrack for Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band which will be released late 2012 and features vocalist Shawn Smith. He has appeared on various compilation records and recorded numerous jingles and radio “beds.” His feel and unique approach have been requested on records and demos for many independent and major label artists as well as major motion picture soundtracks including 2012’s “Butter” and “Eden.”
Davis has twice been a recognized judge at the Guitar Center regional drum championships and a clinician at Donn Bennett Drum Studios and RockSchool. He is an endorser for Istanbul Agop cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks, Puresound wires and Evans Drumheads.
Since ’07, Davis has been the principal drum instructor at the Seattle Drum School, Georgetown. He currently has between 40 and 50 students ranging from beginning to professional as well as special needs students. His students have prestigious positions in their respective school music programs including Loyola University of New Orleans, Berklee, Goldsmiths University of London and Garfield High School.