These past few years have been a busy, enjoyable, sometimes challenging as well as a fruitful time for Wes Davis.
With very well received, regular tours (including dates in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Shetland, and even the Isles of Scilly), and eight recordings to date, God has and continues to use Wes powerfully in music ministry.

BACKGROUND
Wes is based in rural Bedfordshire with his wife, Sue whom he married in March 1997. On occasion Sue joins Wes on dates adding testimony to what God has and is doing in her life. Together they proclaim God's goodness, provision, and healing during trying times in a powerful and touching way. Their church life revolves around the Vale of Aylesbury Vineyard where Wes regularly leads worship as part of the worship team. So how did it all begin?

Wes began song writing and playing whilst in his early teens. Greatly influenced and encouraged he was nurtured by many top musicians and experts in a variety of musical fields. During this time he soaked up valuable knowledge. Born in London, Wes spent his growing-up years in Bromley, Kent in a committed Christian environment where life was enjoyed to the full. Wes was converted in his early teens under the ministry of Luis Palau, the World renowned evangelist from Argentina, during the 1984 "Mission To London". Even from an early age Wes had a great love of music. He learnt firstly to play the guitar, then piano and before long he was writing his own music. Gathering momentum, his talents for performing and writing were soon recognised. He fast developed his young talent with a cutting edge in both the Christian and Country Music spheres.

At the tender age of just eighteen he was spotted by the talent scouts and signed up. His first album was entitled "One Of Us" and produced by Jerry Arhelger. Much acclaim was received and the album was hailed as "the start of a career which shows great promise for the future" according to Dave Roberts ("Music Base"\"Omega Magazine"). Less than two brief years later the same record company again took Wes back into the studios this time under the guiding musical authority of producer Dave Anfield. The result was another successful album entitled "Faithfully Yours". From that album came the nomination for "Best Country Song" (for the self penned "God Moves") in the "British Country Music Radio Awards 1991".

ON THE ROAD
As well as solo dates Wes toured for much of the nineties with the legendary Country hit maker George Hamilton IV. "Harvest Thanksgiving In The Country", "Easter In The Country" and "Country Christmas" were titles of the well subscribed concerts which toured towns and cities across the UK. The two-man performances were always well received by public and critics alike. Wes has also toured with US songwriter Linda Hargrove (who has penned songs for Olivia Newton John among many others), and Nashville based singer/songwriter Jerry Arhelger. Wes was greatly impacted and encouraged in his own ministry by touring with such experienced, gifted and annointed musicians.

KINGSWAY RECORDING
Wes' third album was titled "Prepare My Heart" (Kingsway Records). Production this time featured the excellent skills of American producers Jerry Arhelger and Ed Mikrut. Contributing on guest vocals was George Hamilton IV. He duets with Wes on Noel Richard's classic "You Laid Aside Your Majesty". Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the album featured some of the very best musicianship that Music City USA can supply! The album had the rare honour (for a Christian Album) of being nominated as the "album of the year" in the British Country Music Radio Awards 1994.

Wes' next album "Nobody Like You" was a children's album and was released in 1996 in conjunction with the children's musical "Hip Hip Hooray!!" which toured towards the later part of 1996.

WORD RECORDS
Then in late 1999 Wes released "Draw Me Close To You" on the Word record label. Being primarily praise and worship in content it featured classic cuts such as "Dear Lord & Father Of Mankind", and the beautifully penned hymn "Open My Eyes That I May See". The album also featured more modern day worship songs such as Matt Redman's carefully crafted "When The Music Fades". At the heart of the album is an encouragment for the listener to draw closer to Jesus as the Psalmist in Psalm 84 writes, "...my heart, and flesh, cry out for the living God". The album was released on Word to much press acclaim. David Waite ("Direction Magazine") described the album as "...having something for everyone on this fresh and appealing album".

Following on from this Wes released a Christmas album "White Christmas" which featured the classic song itself as well as old and new Christmas songs including the self penned "The First Night Of Christmas" which was recently featured on the NCM Christian music industry promotional CD and received much airplay both in the UK and many parts of Western and Eastern Europe, and the USA among many other countries. On occasional (normally December for obvious reasons!) Wes presents "The First Night Of Christmas" concerts which aim to encourage thinking about the real meaning of the Christmas season in a fun and uplifting way!

"Set Sail", his seventh album in all was released towards the end of 2003. The album included such classics as "Jesus, Be The Centre", "Your Love Is Amazing", "In Christ Alone" and new songs such as "You'll Be There For Me" which has recently received much airplay around the globe again as part of the NCM promotional disk.
The album sets out to encourage the listener to allow the Holy Spirit to breathe anew on us, putting a fresh wind into our spiritual sails.

CHRISTMAS SONGS
"The Gift" (a Christmas recording) was released in November 2005 on the New Music record label. The recording, which started way back in the summer of that year (as they usual do) featured a wide range of songs old and new and many varied styles. Included on the recording is Wes' Christmas songs "Small Packages" and "The Gift" (the later, a fresh rendition with some new music to the classic Christmas carol "O Little Town Of Bethlehem"). The cd also features some jazzy songs such as "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Song". The recording also featured seasonal favourates such as "Joy To The World" & "In The Bleak Midwinter" - both contemporary in style, the Christmas carol "Once In Royal David's City" complete with a church choir big sound.

STAY IN THE BREEZE
In 2007 Wes released a compilation album of hymns (plus some new songs) called "Creator King" and the following year saw the release of Wes' latest recording "Stay In The Breeze". The album featured 8 new songs as well as covers of some great songs such as "Have I Told You Lately" (written by Van Morrison) and the classic hymn "My Song Is Love Unknown". Also featured playing on the album was Wes' wife Sue who provided some percussion and a "rain stick" for the song "Creator King". The album is, as Wes states, "a collection of songs about the Father's heart of love and compassion for us and His longing for us to stay in breeze of His presence".

Wes' latest recording released late 2014 was an update of the popular Christmas carol "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". The song has been given a new tunes by Wes and has proven to be popular in Christmas concerts.

SONGWRITTING
Wes' songs have generated favourable comments from very important quarters. Cliff Barrows (Choir Director / Billy Graham Crusades) described Wes' praise song "More Of Thee" as a "beautiful melody with lyrics that express the longing of a heart that wants closer fellowship with our Lord Jesus". Nashville country singer Jerry Arhelger recently recorded Wes' Christmas song "The Birthday Of A King" on his Christmas album. Pat Boone and George Hamilton IV have both recorded Wes' popular ballad of hymn writer Fanny Crosby entitled "His Story, Her Song!". In addition to songwriting and performing, Wes has had much recent success in record production. His production of the Living Stones chiior proved to be very popular with both the listeners and critics alike. Wes also produced the popular Fanny Crosby and Ira Sankey tribute albums "Whispers of Love" & "Hiding In Thee" by none other than George Hamilton IV more recently his Christmas album. The albums were released on the Alliance, Word and Magnum labels. Songs by Wes have also recently featured on Word compilations including "Country Gospel Celebration", "Christmas Joys!", "Hymns & Songs Of The 20th Century", "Timeless Christmas Classics" and "Jesus Is Lord!".

More recently Bobby Smith (US recording artist) recorded Wes' song "The Husband Loves His Wife" and has been very well received and played at among other places a number of weddings. The following year UK Country artist "Bryan Chalker" recorded Wes' Christmas song "Small Packages" and has received much airplay. Also to record "Small Packages" was Bobby Smith - the song was also well received with airplay worldwide via the NCM and Country Hot Disk promotional cd's. In 2008 Wes' song "Home" was recorded by Bobby Smith and "Be Enthroned"was recorded by US recording artist Lou Lollio, in 2010 Lou recorded another one of Wes' songs "Name Above All Names".

ANIMATION
In 2009 Wes' animated video for the song "The First Night Of Christmas" was shown on UCB TV over the Christmas schedule. The animation/song features the full Christmas story complete with Camels and angels, wise men gathered to see the new born king. The animation also featured on the Australian Christian Network and Shine TV in New Zealand (You can view the video on YouTube). The animation was very well received with people viewing from across the globe. In 2010 the animation was added to the Whychristmas? website (ie. a website dedicated to all things Christmas) which generated much interest in the song from around the world including Australia and the US and resulting in the animation/song being used at various events.
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