Delaney, Zachary and Erika make up “Daves Highway” and they tell Cherish Lombard since they posted their first home music video they posted on YouTube in 2009 has gotten more than 10 million video views! Since then, the group has released three studio albums has made concert and TV appearances across the U.S.
The teen siblings released “A Brand New Day” in 2013. The album features 14 songs and a variety of original and classic tunes performed by the genre-bending siblings. The group’s deep roots in country and gospel music that shape their authentic, home-grown southern harmonies clearly reign as Daves Highway subdues their listeners with songs of a positive influence ranging from the rocker ‘Choose To Fly’ to the subtleties of ‘Edelweiss’.
Their first full-length album, “All This Time” was released in September 2011. Produced by Sam Ashworth and Michael W. Smith from Sixpence None the Richer, the album features a refreshing blend of country and gospel songs, half of which were written or co-written by the siblings. The album is highlighted by their distinct harmonies.
In the Fall 2009, Daves Highway began to gain a mass following online after posting some of their home video performances on YouTube and Facebook. Their version of Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah” exploded online, catching the attention of the songwriter himself. Tomlin was amazed by the kids’ rendition and posted the video on his blog for his fans to see. He also offered a standing invitation for the siblings to sing with him should he ever come close to their town. A few months later, when Tomlin played in Memphis, TN, Daves Highway joined him on stage.
Daves Highway released their first studio EP, in December 2009 featuring their version of “Jesus Messiah”. The song peaked at No. 25 on the Amazon MP3 Christian chart and entered the Amazon MP3 Top 75 Country songs. The EP, ‘Just For You’ was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Charlie Peacock.
The trio’s voices combine to create a remarkable musical blend, which can only be created by what’s known in the South as “blood harmony.” Their love of music was inherited from their parents and it wasn’t long until the siblings picked up various instruments and discovered they could sing incredibly well together. The versatile trio effortlessly jumps from one genre to another, citing their primary musical influences as Little Big Town, Chris Tomlin, Alabama, The Martins, and The Eagles.
The past few years have passed by quickly. The siblings have traveled throughout the South sharing the stage at events with Bryan White, Mark Schultz, Neal McCoy, Bo Bice, The Martins, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Diamond Rio, Little Big Town and others. They are currently involved in a number of ministries including Light Up This City, Will Graham Evangelism, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. But the highlight of their week is always Wednesday night when they play in their church youth band. The have the same group of friends, so they spend a lot of time together playing sports, watching movies, and just hanging out together.
Delaney is the oldest at 19. She is a sophomore in college who excels in artistic things such as painting and crafts. She is the sophisticated glamour girl who loves clothes, style, and anything that glitters. Like most big sisters, she is usually the one in charge. “She can make friends with anyone and has a lot of determination. I wish I was more like that,” says Erika about her older sister. Delaney plays mandolin, bass, guitar and percussion. She sings many of the lead melodies.
Zachary, 18, is the definitive “man in the middle.” Nestled between an older and a younger sister, he is well versed in the art of negotiation and is often described as the peacemaker. Zachary is a self-taught student of the guitar. He is constantly learning a new song or guitar riff to share with anyone who will listen. His sisters refer to him as the ‘rock star’ of the group because he can play anything he wants to. Zachary plays acoustic and electric guitar and sings the lower harmonies. He is also the lead vocalist on many songs.
Erika is the youngest at 16. She is a free spirit and a joker with tremendous wit. Erika is gifted in vocal harmony and is also the principal song writer for the group, writing since she was 5. She is also a pure vocal soloist who plays piano and sings the high harmonies.
The musical teens are excited about the future and are already veterans of the stage at an early age. Their resumes’ are quickly growing as they continue to perform for audiences of all ages. They are pleased to show their fans how much they’ve grown, both musically and in age, with the release of their new record.
You can learn more about Daves Highway at http://www.daveshighway.com/