New Year, New Music and we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to music. When I was asked to check out newcomer and MTV Real World-er Davis Mallory’s new single, “Under Your Spell“; I was hesitant.
Over the years, I placed bets on reality stars like Porsha Williams and then others like Kim Zolciak to Don Benjamin from America’s Next Top Model and ended up being disappointed. Luckily, I haven’t watched the Real World since Tami Roman, that’s proof I had no idea who Davis Malloy was, but let’s say I do now.
This inspirational man came out nationally on a reality show and that took courage. The moment I learned this fact about him, I wanted to know more about his rising star. The more I listened and read about Davis Mallory; I was pulled in and he cast his spell. His first track is not my favorite, and if you give me a chance, I’ll explain.
“Under Your Spell” does zilch for his vocals because it’s a cookie-cutter track that buries his real talent. Davis’ adorable face had me convinced there was something more; it’s the reason I continued to search further to see if my apprehension was warranted.
The moment I heard his cover of Drake and Rihanna’s “Too Good,” I was sucked in and craving more. His cover is a perfect blend of Caribbean beats, soul, and pop. It’s the type of cover you want to hear when you’re sipping on Goût de Diamants Taste of Diamonds at a chic lounge in New York, London or Madrid.
The story behind “Under Your Spell” is the reason we thought just a mention in a small article was not enough. As the managing editor and someone who loves music and after 20+ plus plays of his Drake and Rihanna cover, I thought he warranted a music feature to introduce this young man to the world.
Plus, the inspiration behind his single “Under Your Spell” is a story that is dear to my heart. When I fall in love, I fall. I fall deep in love, but sometimes the feeling is not mutual. He wrote the song during the early stages of his relationship with his most recent ex, a man he was on-and-off since 2014, when everything was warm and tingly, and the fairy-tale of love seems so bright. “I’m a Leo, so when I fall for someone, I envision it was lasting for forever,” Davis admits.
Oddly, my ex, now business partner, is also a Leo, and we were together for ten years, so I believed Davis when he says, he’s all in when falling in love. It’s no wonder why he decided to release his first single, a lush, heartfelt ballad about those special people who come into our lives, ignite our passions, and we end up with our world’s upside down. However, Davis is still hopeful and believes in love. “I would love to find someone to spend the rest of my life with,” says Davis. He is a man after my own heart. I too will never give up on love.
Born and raised in Marietta, GA, Davis Mallory was surrounded by a musical family and grew up singing in his church choir. His uncle John Mallory wrote songs for Sixpence None the Richer and Wynona Judd. His uncle Chaz Corzine managed artists Amy Grant, The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and Michael W. Smith.
In addition to appearing on MTV’s The Real World and MTV’s The Challenge, Davis was a music news correspondent for MTV’s NewNowNext.com, curating playlists, reviewing live shows, promoting new music and interviewing artists including Ellie Goulding, Janelle Monae, and NERVO. He also worked in A&R and promotion for Astralwerks Records (UMG/Capitol), engaging campaigns for David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Empire of the Sun, Kylie Minogue, NERVO, and Kraftwerk, among others. While at Astralwerks, Davis began training as a DJ, making his debut at the legendary nightclub Pacha. He also began to dabble in songwriting.
In 2013, Davis moved to Nashville to focus solely on songwriting and recording music. From 2015 through 2016, he wrote over 130 songs. He selected those he felt were the most homogenous to create his debut EP, “LOUD”.
“I channel my emotions into my music, hoping they resonate with others. Ultimately, I want to write optimistic, fun songs that spread positivity,” Davis says. “With the release of ‘LOUD’, I’m happy to finally put to bed all the feelings from my last relationship. It’s time for me to look ahead and see who may be waiting around the corner.” As to who he might be, Davis explains, “I think someone who is fun and playful and can be my best friend will always be who I’m looking for.”
“Under Your Spell” is an okay single but Davis’ adorable face and charm are the reason why I am urging listeners to give him a chance. The video to the track, while it seems manufactured, doesn’t match the inspiration behind the song. However, I’m still plugged in.
Davis adds, “Music, for me, isn’t about making money or becoming famous. It’s about creating something that I am passionate about and that I hope will live on even after I die. I listen to music all day. It’s the art form I love most.” This is why I am a fan. I relish and appreciate artists who are focused and passionate about their craft, instead of becoming rich and famous.
I believe he will be an artist we’ll be hearing a lot from as he stays away from the cookie-cutter sound. Although I am a die-hard fan of his first track, I love his version of Drake/Rihanna’s song, it’s much better than his first track.
I can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP. I hope it sounds more like the cover. The tribal and urban beats blend with his vocals considerably better.
Davis Mallory is on my radar, and I am excited to hear more. Watch the music video to his new Valentine’s song, “Under Your Spell,” today.