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Davage grew up in Southeast DC near Capitol Hill with his mother, Sharon Stringfellow. He blew the roof off the assembly hall at his eight-grade talent show at Alice Deal Junior High School when he sang Marques Houston‘s “Circles,” and decided he had the chops to turn pro. He recorded his first song as a student at Delaware State University, and also performed on BET’s 106 & Park four times. After graduating, he moved back home and sang for any gig he could get his hands on, including openers for Monica Brown and Rico Love, a halftime show for the Wizards, and the national anthem during DC’s Turkey Bowl, all while holding down jobs at Foot Locker, H&M, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center and caring for his newborn daughter, Paris. “I tried to stay in the loop of things to prep me for if I had a big-stage moment,” Davage says.  “So if The Voice came, I’d be prepped for it because I was so used to placing myself in situations to sing in front of people

Davage got a preliminary audition with The Voice last year in New York. The show reps liked what they heard and invited him to Los Angeles for the recorded blind auditions–”and what did I know, I got a whole chair to turn,” he says. His daughter, who is his #1 fan watches every performance. “Every time she watches me on TV, she winds up crying,” he says. “She’ll see me start tearing up and then she’ll start tearing up.” He describes Adam Levine, the Maroon 5 frontman, as an “awesome individual,” who’s “great at giving constructive criticism.” So what now? Davage is working on new music and spending as much time as he can with his daughter. He wants to work more with Levine and John Legend, who also coached Davage during his stint on the show. Davage hopes his new platform will help people see DC in a new light. “I feel like I’m one of the few people around my age group coming out of the city with a positive outlook, doing something good,” he says. “I get to put DC in a situation where we’re not just known for political reasons, we’re known for our music and our culture.”

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