Siggy Davis is an international performing artist who is well established in the areas of Jazz and international Broadway musicals and a product of the National Endowment for the Arts (a US agency for the gifted and talented).
By the time she was nine years old, Siggy had already debuted off broadway (13th Street Playhouse) and toured professionally (Westport Playhouse), as well as studied with Dr. Gitta Honegger (Yale / Columbia University) and Jane Copeland (The Metropolitan Opera). Siggy’s artistic training included Project Act, InterArts, Center for Creative Youth, the National Scholar in the Arts program, and Girls State (Connecticut Attorney General) for American Junior Government.
The recipient of a Sterling Brown Talent scholarship and two Owen Dodson Awards, Siggy went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the renowned Howard University under the tutelage of Professor Vera Katz, Dr. Carol Singleton, and Professor Henriette Edmonds Stevens.
After graduation, she went to New York City, where she debuted as „Pokie“ in Judi Ann Mason’s award winning play A Star Ain’t Nothin‘ But A Hole in Heaven. It was through this production that Siggy met dance legend Dianne McIntyre, who became her mentor. Siggy was featured with such artists as: Olu Dara, Don Pullen, Hannibal Peterson, and Amina Claudine Myers as a young vocalist with Ms. McIntyre.
Also having ventured into the world of film, Siggy took part in Spike Lee’s black film renaissance with Do the Right Thing, Mo Better Blues, and several other New York film projects. Siggy’s American credits include productions at Circle Rep, the Kennedy Center, Billie Holiday Theater, Studio Theater, Theaterworks USA, Olney Theater, and The Folger Shakespeare Theater, where she became a Shakespeare Fellow under the guidance of Michael Kahn, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, and Philip Goodwin.
In the early 1990s, Siggy toured internationally as a featured vocalist with „Broadway Musicals New York“, which played in fourteen countries. While on tour in Berlin, she met Queen Yahna and Januari Watts, who subsequently introduced her to the international music and theater scene. Siggy „cut her Jazz teeth“ at Gary Wiggins Blues Cafe in Berlin working with Reggie Moore, Earl Bostick, and Eb Davis, to mention but a few. She was also invited as a house artist at the historic Tränenpalast, where she was showcased by Marcus Herold for fourteen years, garnering such honors as invitations to perform for President Bill Clinton and receiving a painting of herself on the former Berlin Wall.
Siggy has headlined in Europe with such artists as James Carter, Archie Shepp, Nina Hagen, Kim Clark, Omar Sosa, Charlie Mariano, Mari Ann Larsen, and Joe Bowie, just to name a few. Always keeping her foot planted in the theater, Siggy has been featured in productions at the Theater des Westens, Hamburg Schauspielhaus, Theater am Gartnerplatz, and the Deutsche Oper. She has starred as Effie in Dreamgirls, Sonya in The Life, Ella Fitzgerald in Marilyn, and sang Tina Turner / Janis Joplin in the international company in Beehive.
In 2012 she sang the role of Selica in Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera „Die Afrikanerin“ at the Bodensee Festspiele at the Theater Konstanz.
In 2013, Siggy played the role of „Queenie“ in the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele production Of „Show Boat“ under the direction of Melissa King. Most recently she starred in the European premiere of „Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues“ („Dinah Was“) commissioned by Felix Bloch Verlag from William Morris Literary Agency, NYC Musical Direction by Steven L. Gross. Siggy and creative collaborator James Edward Lyons Co-produced „Dinah“ and are currently in production for her new One Woman show, „Sirens“ featuring Jazz Legend Reggie Moore.
To date, Siggy has released four CDs: „Siggy Davis Live in Europe“, „Play It By Ear“ – The Siggy Davis Quartett, „Just As I Am“ (a collaboration with Jazz great Jean Paul Bourelly), and her newest 2013 release of „I Wish You Love“, which was co-produced with her music partner, Oliver Gross. Siggy’s international formation, The Siggy Davis Ensemble, books out of Warsaw featuring Stefan Gasiniec, Stan Michalak, and Kenny Martin. After forty years on the international stage, Siggy says, „I’m just so blessed by my journey and am so glad to be here.“ A relevant voice in the international Jazz and music scene: Siggy Davis.