Dava Sykes

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“If we are the sum of our parts yet, less than one whole, what would we have to know or seek, to be the total of more than mind, body, and soul?”

Voice to strings. Percussion to double reeds, music has always been the path of communication. Classically trained and groomed in church she found herself performing on more than 13 instruments for over a decade, finding her groove in playing bass and guitar.
Her sound, an eclectic mix of funk, rock, hip-hop, and jazz—influenced by artists such as Bootsy Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Ray Charles and The Roots. A former Navy musician she’s studied music, entertainment business, and education. Currently she records, teaches, produces, and provides artist support services.
Dava has performed across the country and has shared the stage with a myriad of Rock, Jazz, and R&B artists, including Raheem DeVaughn, Juma Sultan, Bobby McFerran, Martin Luther, and Leslie West among others.  She’s played at the who’s who of venues including New York’s Sugar Bar, The Bitter End, SOBs. The Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, and Constitution Hall. In 2011, she was part of VH1’s Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp in Woodstock, NY, where she impressed notable rock and roll legends with her musical abilities.

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