Few people will ever say songwriting is easy.
Austin Davidson, a local singer and songwriter, agrees — but he loves the challenge.
Davidson, a sophomore psychology major from Dallas, has been playing music since he was 12 years old and writing music since he was 13. Now, he performs several shows a month.
“You know, work hard at it. That’s what I really love,” he said. “It’s a challenge, and it’s fun and I get to meet a lot of people.”
For his music, Davidson said he draws inspiration from his faith, but likes to write about situations in his life. Davidson said all of his songs may not be exclusively about his Christian beliefs, but his Christianity influences all of them.
“A majority of it could be called ‘Christian,’” he said. “ … At the same time, I’m human, and I experience human things and I experience heartache, and I experience girls cheating on me or, like, not wanting to date me. You know, it happens. It’s fun to write about that. It’s all about life. The coolest thing about that is it still goes back to God being a big part of my life.”
Emily Stines, a senior education major from Garland, said she is a fan of Davidson’s music. She said she discovered his music last year during the Christmas season.
“I like that he sings about Christian stuff and reaches that audience, and it’s a popular type of music,” Stines said. “It’s good because we don’t get a lot of that in Christian music.”
Davidson said he sets himself apart from other songwriters by telling stories with his music.
“What’s a little bit different about me is I tell a lot of stories when I write, and I enjoy talking about a wide variety of things and using a wide variety of influences from different kinds of music to different stories,” Davidson said.
Davidson has more than 100 songs in his collection and said he continues to write about two to three songs per month.
“A lot of those never get played,” Davidson said about his 100-plus song collection. “I’m the only one who hears them. But that’s the cool thing about playing more shows is you get to throw in, ‘Here’s a song I wrote when I was 15 years old.’”
To promote himself online during February and March, Davidson hired Adam Stone, a video producer for Adam Paul Stone Productions, to create a music video each month. Davidson and Stone have an agreement to continue making these videos in the future.
“We’re doing a song a month,” Davidson said. “I write probably two to three songs a month, and I’ll take one of them and shoot a video of it, and post the lyrics and the video and a story about the song just on austindavidson.org.”
Stone has worked with a variety of local and regional musicians creating videos. The videos Stone has created for Davidson have all been done in one shot and one take, Stone said.
“(Davidson’s) skill and his talent is just unbelievable,” Stone said. “He has so much inside of him, so many gifts. He literally can walk into a shoot and sit down and knock out these live videos … It’s just awesome to have someone so talented right in front of you being so talented and so real.”
Stone said Davidson is awesome, both in personality and talent.
“He’s in another realm, I believe,” Stone said. “His vision for where he’s going is just way above other things that I’ve been a part of. It’s really incredible to see him work.”
Davidson said he has played in Dallas, Lubbock, Oklahoma and other places in the region. He’s working on setting up a short, two-week tour around Texas for the summer. Davidson said while the tour is still being planned, he hopes to play in Austin, Dallas, Waco and other areas in that region.
“(We’ll make) probably around 15 stops within two weeks,” Davidson said. “That would be, like, two shows in one of the days, which would be fun. Fifteen at most, nine at the least.”
Davidson said the size of the cities in Texas will be an advantage to cut down on travel time while still reaching different people.
“The cool thing about Texas being so big is that the Dallas area has multiple venues, so you can stay in Dallas and play several shows, and you’ll get different crowds every time.”
Davidson said he does not have a full-length album yet, but hopes to put one together soon. Before that, though, Davidson is looking to put out a single.
“There should be a single coming out within the next few months,” Davidson said. “That’s our plan, to tour that single. We’re currently working on getting a full-length album together.”