Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, JULIUS J. DAVIS, JR. (aka "JUICE") has had an incredibly unique childhood with two Godly parents who were second-generation educators and musicians.
Mr. Davis’ parents moved from New Orleans, Louisiana to Cleveland, Ohio were they immediately enrolled young Julius in the Cleveland Music School Settlement. His teachers immediately recognized his prodigious talent for the piano, and for the next ten years, young Julius studied Piano and Music Theory. Graduating from Shaw High School in 1974, he attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) on a full music scholarship, and graduated from that institution in 1978, with a Bachelor of Music Degree.
The influence of his parents and their involvement in the church music ministry heavily influenced JUICE and resulted with him accompanying/directing the church choirs led by both his parents, as well as composing original music arrangements in the traditional gospel and contemporary gospel music genres. In 1979, Julius began to compose his own pop, R&B, and dance songs, and in 1984, his song, “STRIVE,” was recorded by the internationally known R&B/Disco artist, GLORIA GAYNOR. The song appeared on Ms. Gaynor’s album, “I AM GLORIA GAYNOR,” as well as hitting the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart (#99, for one week) in the Summer of 1984.
Mr. Davis continues to write various genres of music, and in 2009, Mr. Davis’ original African-American spiritual, “DONE SET MY MIND ON JESUS,” was performed in concert by the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir. Two other original songs, “MAKE ME SHAKE,” and “THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS,” are scheduled for world-wide release in December.
JUICE is currently the Music/Choral Music Teacher at St. Andrew Catholic School (Cape Coral, Florida) as well as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida.