Napua Davoy - Playwright/ Composer/ Lyricist/ Pianist/ Vocalist
With a lifetime in classical and jazz music, advanced degrees in foreign language, literature & history, Napua Davoy moves deftly through dialogue, lyrics and music creating suspenseful, moving, important and entertaining pieces for stage and film.
Since her amazing vocals premiered on her 1990 Columbia Records album she has toured the globe and explored the boundaries of jazz, opera and classical music.
Davoy won The Lila Khan Award for the Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre production of her one-woman musical STELLA RISING, which provocatively explores her struggle with her mother's Alzheimers. She is currently working on a musical highlighting the efforts of Celia Sanchez Mandulay in Cuba.
Originally from Beaumont, Texas Davoy resides in New York and Paris (not Paris, Texas, but the Paris of Voltaire, Proust, Picasso, and Jean-Marie Le Pen) striving to create work which will truly make a difference in a world that appears at times to be going absolutely haywire.
“Amazing songwriter and performer” - Lisa Grey, Producer WHYY
“Napua Davoy is one of the most extraordinary song stylists in today’s jazz world. She is a unique and beautiful performer and is destined for stardom.” - George Wein
“Napua Davoy is a hard-swinging pianist and singer with deeper roots in Miles Davis . . . with considerable chops and charm to spare.” - The Village Voice
“Singing original songs that have the shape and feel of familiar standards, she reveals a strong, sultry, sensuous voice that at times recalls the emotional expressiveness and musical spontaneity of the late Sarah Vaughan.” - San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Gutsy in the way of the best jazz singers, Davoy’s vivacity is tinged with a vulnerability. She recalls the legendary Billie Holiday. Same dark hair, exotic looks, full lips, a face lived in, but beautiful still.” - Gabriella Coslovich, The Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia