Where to start, where to start… Well, at birth, my father, Terry Davies, wanted to name me TJ (Terry Jr.) but when my mom saw that I had her eyes, her nose, her smile, and her thin figure, she most likely secretly questioned who the father was for a few seconds (probably hoping for Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt), but then disagreed with my dad, as she does frequently, and named me what you may call me at the meet and greet after our show. Nick!
I was born in Liverpool, England in November of ’93 and was, for six years, raised in Blackpool, England. After living there for some time, we decided that our time living in England had run it’s course (besides, we ran out of “…pool”s to move to). The next leg of our journey was America! We moved to Arizona right after the new year of the new millennium. I remember we lived in an apartment complex in Mesa for a few months, until we moved to Arrowhead so I could start school at Arrowhead Elementary. All the kids in my first grade class were so mesmerized by my British accent. I imagine that their reactions were similar to those that were given to bungee jumping when it was first introduced. Someone jumped off a bridge, and there were people watching from the side who were confused, some who were scared, some who were desperate to learn more about it, and others who were saying, “I’m not touching that with a 50 foot pole.” I bet that’s the first time you’ve ever heard anyone relate a first grader to a bungee jumper. Of course, there were kids who teased me about the accent and said hurtful things like “I bet you don’t even have a portable CD player, nerd!” But there was one kid who always defended me and made my school life bearable when those mean kids came along, and he became my best friend. Jason is his name, and to this day, we remain best friends, and since I am an only child, I refer to him as my brother. (He payed me $20 to give him a shoutout.)
Life went on and in 2006, I saw my first BIG concert. Billy Joel. I had listened to his music in the past, and I liked him before I saw him live, but when he jumped on top of the piano and bounced around the stage all night while singing his songs, I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
That concert kick started my songwriting career. The day after the concert, I woke up, sat on my keyboard and recorded a cover of the song “I Melt With You” by Modern English. All of the instrumentation was completely erected from a bunch of horrible sounding keyboard patches, and since my voice hadn’t fully developed by that point, my vocals were drowned in auto tune. Listening to it today, I want to bury my face in my hands in embarrassment even when no one else is around to hear it, but back then, I was in love with it. I listened to it all the time and showed it to as many people as I could because I was so proud of what I had created by myself. From that point on, I kept practicing my voice, piano playing, and recording in an attempt to improve my songwriting abilities. I won my very first school talent show with a song I wrote, and that win allowed me to audition for a part in a youth production of Les Miserables. I was nervous walking into the audition because I had never done anything musical theatre related in my life. I did my audition and walked away with the main role, Jean Valjean. A year later, I nailed the part of Jekyll and Hyde and won the National Youth Arts award for best actor in a musical theatre production. After I won that, I had the life changing opportunity to sing a solo in the choir that honored the 19 fallen firefighters of Yarnell. It was televised nationally and the Vice President was also in attendance. It was the most emotional experience I’ve ever taken part in.
A couple of years passed, and in 2008, my dad decided that he wanted to get into the market of tribute bands. He created a tribute to the music of ABBA called AbbaFab. Being the son of the owner, my dad gave me a part in the show, but I was at the back of the stage playing a pair of bongos. No piano, no vocals, just whacking away for two hours every night. And I loved it. As time moved forward, I was promoted here and there. First it was a tambourine, then a shaker, then a keyboard, then backing vocals, etc. After a while, I was promoted to one of the lead roles in the show. I now play the part of Benny Anderson. We’ve been doing that show for five years and I love being a part of this show!  I hope to see you at an AbbaFab show soon!!!