Lynn Davison


I’ve always been drawn to artists that blend together a mix of styles, like creating a musical “recipe” where the ingredients are familiar, but the final product is unique. The classic rock era was special because of that… No two bands sounded alike, and the same thing was happening in jazz at that time. 

Some Of My Favorites: Early Chicago (w/Terry Kath), Brian Auger, The Who, Steely Dan, Yes, Peter Gabriel, the Police, Sting, Gino Vannelli, Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Leon Russell, Tower of Power, Chaka Kahn, Michael Ruff, Bonnie Raitt, Pretenders, Annie Lennox, early Heart, Kenny Rankin, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Jesse Colin Young, Ambrosia, Doobie Brothers (both), Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jobim, Sade, Manhattan Transfer, Seawind, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Bill Evans, Alan Pasqua, Larry Carlton, Yellowjackets, and many others….

My Story...

Originally from Queens, NY, I grew up listening to my older brother’s records, playing along with the radio, performing in school concerts, and writing songs about my observations as a young, disgruntled teen. After several years of piano lessons, I attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and Berklee College of Music in Boston, where my lifelong dream of playing in bands was finally realized! From there I went to Los Angeles and began playing in r&b bands, where I opened for Harold Melvyn and the Blue Notes and played keyboards with the late Martha Reeves, all of which taught me how to be a rhythm section player – much like a jigsaw puzzle where all the parts need to fit together to impact the listener as a BAND, not just as individual players.

My first original band was a true labor of love, as I got to write songs and record on ‘spec’ at Lion Share Studies (then owned by Kenny Rogers) — my first time EVER inside a studio, and it was surreal not knowing (or caring) whether it was day or night! After that I continued writing and recording original music while becoming a full-time working musician, which had me playing every type of gig imaginable… the Hollywood club scene, concerts, festivals, casinos, bars, restaurants, wineries, house parties, swap meets, bowling alleys, and everything in-between! I also did some recording sessions, had my instrumental music placed through Omni Music and got to write jingles for Hansen’s Soda and Dodge Colt.  

Lynn's first studio
Rockin' w/Precious Metal at 'The Whisky' in Hollywood (6/17/18)
'The Count' (1st original band) feelin' it!

Since professional recording was limited by budget and time constraints, I took the plunge and bought an eight-track tape machine with a sixteen channel board so I could learn to make my own demos, and being really intimidated by gadgets and technology it was definitely a challenge! But I loved having the freedom to create what I wanted, and was grateful to have the support of Steve Buckley, vice president of A&R at Motown Records, a wonderful man who managed me for six years and helped me to find my niche as an artist.

Meanwhile the music industry was changing, and I began to “re-evaluate” the direction of my life, which led to a job working in a residential treatment center with emotionally challenged children and teens – a real turning point for me. I became fascinated with psychology and started taking undergraduate classes while working with the kids, which was an amazing learning experience in and of itself! I realized that songwriting (insights about the human condition) is psychology. While in graduate school I made my living on the road, which led to a very creative musical partnership with guitarist, Cole Coleman. I would drive back and forth between gigs as far as Laughlin, Arizona and class in LA, which was pretty crazy, but I loved everything I was doing… studying fed my “left brain” while music fueled my “right brain!” 

Lynn & Cole w/Point Blank at 'Chad's' in Big Bear, CA

Cole and I released two CDs: “Edge of Millennium” and “Forward Motion,” the latter (of which I am especially proud) being a critically acclaimed, stylistically unique record that received national airplay. Meanwhile, I managed to get my MA and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (my Master’s Thesis “Selective attention in two-part counterpoint” by Davison & Banks was published in the journal Music Perception, 2003) and had the honor of serving as an associate faculty member at Santa Monica College and lecturer for UCLA Extension, while continuing to write, record and perform live… I felt so incredibly fortunate having the opportunity to do TWO things that I love to do!! While still in California, I recorded “Outside This Box,” a solo CD with an inspired mix of new songs and old favorites redone in a quirky blend of pop, rock and jazz influences that seems to follow me wherever I go…

In 2021, I left California and moved to New Jersey, where I have reconnected with family and enjoy playing the tri-state area in bands, writing, teaching kids and adults at School of Rock, entertaining seniors in elder care facilities, studying the effects of frequency and sound on wellbeing, and recording new music!

Davison/Coleman at Winter NAMM Show, 2007
Davison/Coleman w/Orchestre Surreal, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles