Scott Evan Davis is an award-winning Composer and Lyricist based in NYC. His awards include:
- MAC Award for Best Song (2017)
- BroadwayWorld Award for Best Original Song (2012)
- ASCAP Gorney Award (2016)
- MTI's Courage in Theatre Award (2017)
After working as an actor around the U.S., he began composing in 2010. Davis has since gained international recognition in the worlds of musical theatre and cabaret. Scott has performed concerts of his music at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as London, Dublin, Australia, and all around the U.S. His songs have been performed at Feinstein's 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex, as well as internationally in high schools and colleges.
Scott's debut album, Cautiously Optimistic, features Broadway talents such as Liz Callaway, Faith Prince, Daniel Reichard, Nikki Renee Daniels as well as others from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret. In the Huffington Post review of Cautiously Optimistic, David Finkle listed Scott among five "must see and must know" emerging writers. His second album NEXT, released in 2016, features performers such as Karen Mason, Robert Cuccioli, Joshua Colley, Derek Klena and Lisa Howard.
In addition to the upcoming Indigo, Scott's theatre work includes a theatrical revue of his songs, Picture Perfect, which debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia and was subsequently performed in London's West End at the St. James Theatre. His musical Powerful Day, which was written with and for autistic children at PS94 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, won Musical Theatre International's prestigious Courage in Theatre Award. Recently, these students were selected to attend the Junior Theatre Festival, and won the Spirit of Theatre Award as well as an award for Best Ensemble. Scott's work with the students of PS94 was featured in a segment on CBS News.
Scott's most known song, "If the World Only Knew," has been viewed almost 200,000 times on YouTube for its social message. It's been covered countless times, including performances at Broadway's Gershwin Theater and at Australia's 2017 Schools Spectacular.
I never thought I would be a songwriter. It wasn't planned... the profession chose me.
It’s a really long story, but in a nutshell, my teacher/mentor in college (I was pursuing performing) asked me to come and live with him, when he found out he had terminal cancer, and was given a year to live. I was 19. He put me in his will for 100,000 dollars, and hoped I would stay with him for the last year of his life.
After about 8 months, I felt very confined by the situation and left. We had a huge fight and never spoke again. Years later, after quitting theatre and getting a job in mutual funds in Boston, I wrote him a letter, asking for forgiveness for leaving him alone to take care of himself. I never heard back because he had passed away.
That inspired me to quit my job and pursue performing again.
It brought me back to NYC and I ended up in an Off-Broadway play called Joy. It was during the run of that show, that I had a dream. In that dream, Brian, my teacher, was healthy and smiling and sitting on a park bench. I sat next to him, and we hugged, and I apologized. All he did was hug me tighter and hum. He kept humming the same phrase of music.
After awhile, the hug got so tight, that I couldn’t breath and I woke up.
The next day, I couldn’t get that melody out of my head, and even though I had never written a song before, I sat down at the piano (because I've always played) and tried to play the melody. That became my first song called "Cautiously Optimistic."
Then, it became my first album and I have been a writer ever since. That was 2010.
— Shorter Version —
Some years ago, I had a mentor who became terminally ill. After he passed away, I dreamt about him: he was sitting on a park bench, with his arms outstretched, waiting for me to hug him. Before he died, we'd had a terrible fight and unfortunately never got a chance to resolve our differences in life. I knew from this dream that he had forgiven me. While we hugged, he hummed a beautiful, dissonant melody. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn't get it out of my head. Sitting down at the piano to play it out, I knew that I was writing my first song. Later, it became "Cautiously Optimistic.''
Since then, I haven't been able to think about doing anything else with my life. I am grateful every day for this newfound passion I have for making music. I hope you enjoy these songs. They are very special to me, and I am beyond thrilled that they have been given a chance to be truly realized.