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About Denise Davis formerly Leilani

Leilani & Denise Davis History

Detroit’s Premiere R & B, FUNK, Top 40, 80S, Urban and Motown Classics as well as Gospel group, consists of Cynthia "Denise" Davis (Lead). Permanent band members are Phil Thorpe, Sean Friday, Preston Gibson and Michael Dobbs

Denise Davis formerly known as Leilani began June 2010 with the of three vocalists eager to display the harmonic sounds of R & B, Jazz and Gospel music. Leilani also featured their band "The Triple Impact Band" which consists of Bass and Lead Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, and Percussionist.

Now Denise Davis and/or its vocalists has performed at various venues across the City of Detroit such as Centerline Music Concert Series, Sterling Heights Music Fest Concert Series, Greektown Casino, Hollywood Casino Toledo http://, Ribs rnb Soul Fest 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,, James Jenkins Construction Company Reunion Event 2013, Raven House of Blues Lounge, Harbor House 2015, Floods Bar & Grill, Slammers, Blue Martini, City of Detroit Gratiot Splash 2012, 20 Grand Lounge, River Inn Little Marys, Club Treasure, Idlewild Music Fest 2015 and Mid-Michigan Idlewilders 2017 , Jovonnes Lounge, Northern Lights, Apples and Arts Festival 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Great Lakes Art Fair 2013 and 2014, Michigan State Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, Maple Village Retirement Community, Concert of Colors 2013, 2014, 2018 start at 2:10 time, and also, Highland Park Dream Cruise 2013, The Detroit Free Press Marathon 2013 and 2014 , Eastern Market District, The Detroit Pub (Clinton Township), M & M Lounge, Villa-Bella Retirement Community, Jefferson Masonic Lodge, Highland Park Music Festival, Lurie Terrace, New Years Fest Kalamazoo 2015, 2017, Apples and Arts Festival 2015, 2016, 2018 African World Festival 2015, 2016, 2017, Maple Heights Retirement Home, Evangelical Home, Memory Support Center and Casablanca Lounge just to name a few but many other venues. Leilani had the priviledge with do a Musical Tribute for MD Conductor George Rountree of the Four Tops and The Funk Brothers under the direction of Drew Schultz, recently released an collorate cd of the tribute to Eddie Willis of the FUNK Brothers. .

As well as for charity with the Susan G. Komen Race for Cure 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and also Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 3 Day Camp 2013 & 2014, Detroit Free Press Marathon 2013 & 2014. Also appeared on TV33 WHPR , Comcast 20, WDET, WDIV LIVE in the D, Michigan Radio, The Other Viewpoints with HODO TV and Radio Shows Live.

In February 2014, Our former group Leilani was one of the candidates for the Detroit Music Awards People Choice for their rendition track version of "Let's Get it On" by Marvin Gaye out of 41 artists.

In fact, Leilani was nominated for the Detroit Black Music Awards as one of the Best R & B Female Group in Detroit for 2011 and 2012 and in 2013, Best R & B female Vocalist 2014 & 2015, Nominated Best Live Performance for 2016. Cynthia was one of the presenters for the 2013 Awards Event.

October 2014, Denise Davis was selected to do a commercial for the EG Taxi for the Nissan Corporation new vehicle soon to be released Nissan Leaf. Ms. Sidni Jacobs with the Eastern Market District will be the sponsor for this fantastic opportunity.

The songs Denise Davis sings provide a combination of their exciting mellow vocals with a rhythmic undercurrent that bears testament throughout with elements of gospel, hip-hop, funk, jazz, pop and R & B. Denise Davis hopes to touch many people through the sounds of their music. The style, harmony and grace that the Denise's vocalists provide are heartfelt and warm. Denise provides quality entertainment specializing in working with other various bands and Singers within the Detroit area. We have a large selection of music. We offer a variety of services from solo singers or to group singers to a show setup. Each member is capable as an accomplished soloist. Denise Davis provide entertainment that will service whatever your event may require.

Denise Davis is booked through MGI Entertainment, B's Entertainment, DMAMEA, Cagnafa Arts, and The Rose-Robert Agency, United Talent, David Pace Agency, Richard Paul Carey Group, Washington Entertainment, BSA events, Lorio and Ross Sterling.

Vendors, Photography, and Video used......

GK Photos: Glenn Kujansuu, Photographer, Allen B. Photography, Ed McNeal, Carlos O'Banion Photography and Troy's Photo Studio, CinemaGods and sound demos are by Metro 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Photography by John Dawson Studios and Wayne Norman Photography as well Marketing and Promoting Specialist Gerry Zonca. by Flyerman, Pics by Will, Friday Producations, Imaginable Designs, Cynthia Davis and Black Butterfly Books, LLC, Reality Greetings, Allpro Marketing, Intense Color, Kaycoolz Designs.

Cynthia (Denise) Davis released her grand group “Denise Davis formerly Leilani” to the City of Detroit and across the United States. Starting in June 2010, sitting around the table with three other women, it all began. Much to the excitement of her already sizeable army of fans in Detroit. With the group expected to be a success and fame imminent, the exciting, newfangled sound that she has made her own is certain to gain interest from across the world.

The development of her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up in a talented musical family meant that different forms of music always surrounded Denise. Her mother was a full-time Danny and the Bluebirds and Robinson Uniques ballad and Gospel singer with various bands, and her parents exposed her to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced her development. Her first foray into learning how to stack voice began with two sisters on a local Detroit street, Farnsworth it came when he started to sing at the age of 9 years old. Later she began to sing at local churches, funerals, and school shows, which she continued with for four years before finally picking up the flute and Modern Dance at the age of 13, a decision which she never looked back from.

As her confidence grew and her style developed, she soon saw a loyal following begin to grow and she became a popular locally with singing with the Robinson Unique, Gilmore Brothers, Enflyte, Visions of Harmony (own group) and David Myles and the Mylestones, granted auditions with Phase 5 in the Detroit. Her talent with a musical instrument only added to her appeal, and her unique sound with a twist started to find an appreciative audience.

Here her musical ambitions continued to grow, aided by the sounds of Detroit and that she found all around her. Although traditional Detroit music is where Denise’s roots lie, and there was plenty on offer in Detroit.

She is keen to point out that everything she listens to directs her musical development in some way. However, she would certainly include Whitney Houston, Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Teena Marie and Regina Belle as amongst his biggest influences. Finally, after honing her unique sound over recent years, she has now released “Denise Davis” which underlies the dynamic sophicated voices of harmony and beauty at its best. Denise is a member of the DMAMEA organization that supports local musicians in the Detroit area, you may find them at

And as if that wasn’t enough, Denise has taken it upon herself to take up an entirely different, though wholly satisfying, hobby of helping the community. The satisfaction she gets from indulging in her many passions has led to a bond with people in need. Becoming a CEO & President of the Lady Xavier’s Community Service Organization (2003), and Lady fie Xavier’s Sorority (2008), Diamonds Peer Group (2009), and Community Ambassador for the City of Detroit under Mayor Dave Bing (2005) only exhibits more of her many talents and gifts to achieve.

Denise has achieved Masters Degrees in both Modern Dance and Business Management from WSU, currently working on Doctorate at WSU, Associates in Business Management and Business Administration from Detroit Business Institute and Detroit College of Business, Associates Degree in Modern Dance from Interlochen Arts Academy, Certifications in ServSafe, Walkie Stacker, HiLo, Bobcats and CDL Class A and B, Chauffeurs License, and many certificates in Administration and Leadership Development. She also holds State of Michigan Certification as a Professional Secretary.

The Motor City Sensations

Denise Davis Promotional Team

Cynthia Davis

Lorna Wilson

Imaginable Designs

Flyerman/All Pro Designs

TP Studios

GK Photography


Allen B. Photography

Carlos O'Banion Photography

Edward McNeal

Friday Productions

John Dawson Studio


Reality Greetings


Frederick Berry (Missouri Temptations), Ed Sammels, Albert Barrow of Johnscarpethouse and Big Pete Place, Billy Wilson (Motown President), B's Entertainment Brett Harris, Joyce Rich (Board Member & Former Leilani), Dr. Seabrooks, Ken and Dorothy Bell, Errol Service (ECS McDonalds), Gary Spears, David Miles, David Brandon (All Stars/Spinners), HODO and the Other Viewpoints, Drew Schultz (Funk Machine and Four Tops), John Hill of Real Deal and Members, Phil Thorpe, Marvin and Sonya Brown, Paul Carey Group and all of the musicians that have played for Leilani past and present.


Melvin Brown

Marvin and Sonja Brown

Sharon Brown (RIP)

B's Entertainment Mr. and Mrs. Harris

Mr. & Mrs. Ken Bell

Big Pete of Johnscarpethouse

TP Photography Studios

Edward McNeal (Photographer)

Friday Productions

GK Photos


GK Photos

Glenn Kujansuu, Photographer - general web site - event web site - email for public

248-436-1276 phone or 586-457-4170 cell

Special Offer

Packages for Your Budget: You may get up to five hours of service. Christmas and New Years Eve packages. However, we work to fit a package for your budget and to assist in making your event a success.

Company Names:

Denise Davis and The Motor City Sensations

Company Message: Beauty and Harmony at Its Best!!!

Booking Information: Detroit, Michigan 48211

Cynthia (Denise) Davis, Owner /Bandleader:




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