It is no accident that Davis is in such esteemed company. He has been composing and performing music for 40 years. The jazz pianist/singer composed his first song at age 13 and had it performed by a 150-member church choir – that he was directing – on national television a year later.

Born in Davenport, Iowa, home of 20th century jazz great Bix Beiderbecke, Davis was raised in a musical household. His father, Bishop Ezekiel Davis, conscripted him as a teen to serve as musical director for the seven churches he oversaw, while his mother, Rose Davis, an accomplished vocalist, attended to his vocal and instrumental training. Davis is a multi-instrumentalist who plays more than a dozen instruments besides the piano, including guitar, organ and drums.

He served in the U.S. Army, was honorably discharged, then continued his musical studies at Western Illinois University.

Jazz, R&B, gospel, soul and pop are the genres that propelled Davis to travels around the world. His artistry enticed promoters in Europe, Japan, North America and on the high seas to book him and not one has regretted it.

“What BK has, intellectually, is the capacity to know what the audience wants and when,” a Florida club owner said. “He can take you on that magical trip; when it’s smooth, he takes you up a hill – then he sets you on fire.”

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