JAMESDAVIS embraces the multi-faceted emotions that come with love in the Motown Records group’s latest release “Evergreen,” out today (Feb. 14).
Fittingly premiering on Valentine’s Day, the genre-bending track’s video focuses on a romantic relationship gone wrong. The heartbroken woman, portrayed by JAMESDAVIS member Rey, finds solace through the love and support she receives from her family (group members Jess and Auston) and music. The Matt Barnes-directed video was filmed in Los Angeles.
“Evergreen” the song was inspired by Rey’s favorite movie, the popular 1976 film A Star Is Born starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Recounting one of the lyrical segments in “Evergreen” — “I got lost in a lovers’ dream/In the evergreen” — Rey explains that she’s referencing “being in the moment and letting go, which can be scary and euphoric simultaneously. The goal was to capture that visually with a dreamy feel.”
A trio of siblings comprised of fraternal twin sisters Rey and Jess and brother Auston Reynolds, JAMESDAVIS is building a growing fan base through its sonically fresh fusion of rock, pop and R&B set off by passionate and melodic vocals. The Los Angeles-based group first gained notice in 2015 with the singles “Better Than You Are” and “Co-Pilot.” Current single “Evergreen” is featured on the group’s 2018 Motown EP Lamplighter Vol. I. Its sequel, Lamplighter Vol. II, is due this spring. Also on the horizon: the announcement of dates for the group’s upcoming L.A. residency.
JAMESDAVIS says fans can expect the same energetic and authentic vibes that are the group’s hallmarks. “It’s great music that makes you want to dance and bob your head,” says Auston. “It’s inspiring and encouraging but also honest. Our music comes from personal experiences that either one or all three of us have gone through.” Adds Jess, “It’s about feel-good music and real voices.”
The group’s guitar-driven melodies are inspired by a diverse range of musical predecessors that includes Leon Ware, Curtis Mayfield, Tina Turner, Janice Joplin and Fleetwood Mac. “Our ‘sound’ is universal,” says Rey. “We continue to create without limitations.”
Watch “Evergreen” below.