Franchell "Frenchie" Davis (born May 7, 1979) is an American dance/pop/soul/electronica singer and Broadway actress from Los Angeles, California who finished in 5th place on season 1 of The Voice USA. Her mentor was Christina Aguilera.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, Davis had been singing since childhood and began performing in productions such as LIttle Shop of Horrors and Jesus Christ Superstar starting in 2000. She graduated from Howard University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Davis first gained notice when she auditioned for season 2 of American Idol. Wowing judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul with her powerful vocals, Davis became a fan favorite. She progressed through the Hollywood rounds, making it to the top 32 until she was disquilified after nude photos of her taken when she was 19 were revealed by the Smoking Gun website. She admitted at the time that she had only done the pictures because she needed money for college. The producers' decision, however, to disquilify her was controversial, angering many fans.
The Voice USAEdit
After gaining success on Broadway in the popular show Rent and appearing in several touring productions, Davis decided to try again in acheiving her dream of becoming a recording artist by trying out for season 1 of The Voice USA. Her rendition of the Katy Perry hit "I Kissed A Girl" caught the attention of Christina Aguilera, who pushed her button, making Davis a member of Team Christina. Her strong vocals on songs like "Like A Prayer" and "When Love Takes Over" wowed fans. Davis finished in 5th place.
Post The VoiceEdit
After the show, Davis toured with the members of the top 8. She also released her first single, "Love's Got A Hold on Me", on September 4, 2012, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Dance Chart. She will be releasing her debut album, Just Frenchie, sometime in 2016. The album will feature a duet with season 2 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard called "When You Hold Me".
Davis also returned to the theater in December 2012 in the musical God Doesn't Mean You Get to Live Forever. She also made her feature film debut in the 2014 comedy film Dumbbells.
- Dumbbells (2014)
- Just Frenchie (2016)
- "Love's Got A Hold on Me" (2012)