BALTIMORE — Davon Fleming’s voice will warm your heart.
He’s a Baltimore native who achieved national success on “The Voice.”
“Kids don’t always have to look up to athletes, but there are singers you should look up to, starting with me,” Fleming told WMAR-2 News.
This weekend, Fleming will headline the Pride celebration for the city of Baltimore, and that makes him proud.
“A few years ago it wasn’t popular to be black, to be gay, to be fat, and now all of those things make me who I am,” Fleming said. “I’m just as popular, just as relevant, just as influential being my authentic self and that’s what I want to show people.”
Davon Fleming to headline Baltimore Pride
Her smile will make you smile, in a way that Davon Fleming only shows his authentic self.
Fleming grew up in Baltimore, in the community of Park Heights, but he remains humble.
But his voice will give you chills.
“I’m just a regular guy from Baltimore, Park Heights, who sings and has a platform,” Fleming said. “Nothing has really changed in me.”
Fleming was a semi-finalist on “The Voice” in 2017 and now he sings for one of the biggest R&B singers in the country – Jennifer Hudson.
He goes on tour, singing background vocals for Hudson.
“She ended up being a mentor,” Fleming said. “Jennifer Hudson winner, Emmy, Oscar, Grammy Award at the time, and I’m like OK, but I’m regular, they’re regular people.”
“I went from mentee to mentor to friend to now boss to employee, Davon, but still friends of course.”
Fleming grew up singing at Bethel Temple Church of Christ in Baltimore on Rogers Avenue.
He started singing at age 3 and hasn’t stopped.
“I grew up in a family of musicians,” Fleming said. “My mom is a singer. I grew up in the church, so my foundation is this good old-fashioned music that taps your feet and claps your hands.”
“I did a TV show on BET called Sunday’s Best, and for years I always thought I was going to be a Gospel artist.”
Fleming found his musical calling in soul fusion.
“The soul would be me, just the natural gift that I have, and the fusion would be everything I picked up along the way, like jazz, R&B and everything else,” Fleming said.
As his music has evolved, his love of Baltimore is unwavering.
“When I go out, I pump for my city, no matter where I am,” Fleming said. “I can be in LA, Dallas, you’ll know I’m from Baltimore.”
So what are his best memories of Baltimore?
“Anything involving a can of chicken, salt, pepper and hot sauce, crabs, seafood,” Fleming said.
Fleming said he performed at AFRAM Festival, MLK Parade, M&T Bank Stadium.
When you hear it, Fleming wants you to be moved and kids to be inspired.
Growing up, he had no one to turn to. But now he wants to be that instrument for others.
“We’re going to make the world a better place if we can, one song at a time,” Fleming said.