ROOTS welcomes its newest guitar hero – I mean, mentor – Hope Davis. Welcome, Hope!

Hope Davis

Hope Davis

You may have seen Hope Davis (guitar) on stage if you’ve had the chance to see Nicole C. Mullen in concert the past couple of years. Hope been traveling as a background singer and rhythm guitar player on tour since September 2014 and calls it the highlight of her career so far.

Hope has studied Songwriting at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and Worship Arts at Hope International University (Fullerton, CA) and led worship professionally for several years in churches, home ministries and homeless shelters. She has been writing and performing for voice, guitar and trumpet for eight years (having co-written with jazz musician Grace Kelly and recorded/performed with international drummer J.P. Bouvet).

While volunteering as a guitar teacher for Baby Girls Club, a ministry for urban teen girls, she soon recognized her growing passion for inspiring others through music mentoring. “Knowing that I wanted to further pursue teaching, I wrote it down as a personal goal to have private students,” she explains. “After hearing about ROOTS Academy through a friend, I knew this was an answered prayer.”

Read more about Hope’s experience here, and learn more about her in this fun Q&A:

Q&A with Hope

What causes are you passionate about?
One of the causes that I am most passionate about is ending the clean water crisis that exists in our world today. Through Generosity, a humanitarian organization, I have launched The Hope Well Campaign to raise funds to build a clean water well in an underprivileged community.

What’s your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working & what do you do there?
My favorite local spot to hang out at is The Coffee House @ Second and Bridge. I love to go there on my days off to enjoy a cup of coffee, write music in the backroom and meet new people.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?
For creative inspiration, I love to enjoy nature by going on local hikes, listening to my favorite artists, and reading God’s word.

What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
Since recently moving to Nashville, my favorite down-time activity is driving to new areas and discovering the hidden spots and treasures of the city

Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
Of all the places that I’ve traveled, Denver, Colorado has been my favorite, because of the beautiful mountains and vibrancy of the area.

Give us an idea of your sense of humor. Is there a Youtube video that really made you “laugh out loud”?
One of my favorite videos that makes me laugh is the scene in Sandlot about the “s’mores”

What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
I grew up listening to a lot of CCM artists like CeCe Winans, DC Talk and Michael W. Smith. I then started listening to James Taylor and Lauryn Hill and a lot of John Mayer in my years spent in high school. Once I went to college, I was exposed to all different genres, musicians and bands, ranging from Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, to Aretha Franklin. Nowadays, I’ve been hooked on Elevation Worship, Grits and Hillsong.

What is your favorite all time movie and why?
My favorite all time movie is West Side Story. I love the music, choreography and the nostalgia that it brings of my childhood.

If you could meet one author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
If I could meet one author it would be King David from the Bible. I admire his writings in the Book of Psalms and that he was a man after God’s own heart.

What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you?
“Now faith is the confidence of what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

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