Treasure Davis

Summer Loving: Treasure Davis On Her 'Heart Flavored Summer' EP

Treasure Davis has your summer soundtrack on lock

Don't let Treasure Davis' sugary sweet demeanor fool you. The California-bred songstress—who has written for Chris Brown, sang background for Keri Hilson, Kelly Price, Nicki Minaj and Keyshia Cole, and collaborated with Kid Ink and J. Cole—is now soaking up the spotlight on her own with her Heart Flavored Summer EP (via ByStorm Entertainment and RCA Records).

Treasure recently previewed her summer soundtrack at VIBE HQ (spoiler alert: the four-song package fits any relationship status) and discusses her musical beginnings, penning her emotions and the best lyric she's ever scribed.

SEE ALSO: Treasure Davis Tries To Keep It ‘Simple’ With Kid Ink On Her New Single

VIBE: How does your song-writing process begin?
Treasure Davis: Usually, I’ll get in a room with whatever producer and a writer, and we’ll just start talking. And it could just start off talking about like, 'What was going on today?' and eventually, with creative minds, it spirals down to something that everybody's like “Yeah, I felt something like that before," and I’ll come in and say, “Man, this is the colors I feel.” I see a lot in colors. I'll say, "I just feel like greens and purples." We'll just start to set the atmosphere and then build from there. A lot of times, I’ll recall a feeling or a moment or something. I’ve got crazy friends-if I don’t seek stuff out, they do. So if I don’t have material, somebody around me does but, just recalling an intense emotion and allowing it to just color the mic.

Was that the case for "Heart Flavored Sucker", too?
Actually, the funny thing about that story is that [RCA exec] Mark Pitts, who signed me, called me and was like, “Treas! You gotta hear this record! I’m finna send you this record. I heard this record and I thought it was dope! Yo! You gotta hear this record, and it’s not even finished but you gotta hear this right now!” 

So he e-mailed me and it wasn’t finished. It was just the first verse and the hook, and I’m like “Yoooooo!” So I went in and finished writing it, and then Luke Christopher hopped on the remix version of it, which was super dope because then you get the other perspective of the douche-y jerk that made the girl feel that way. It’s like everybody has kind of been in that place. Well, maybe not everybody but, you give your all to a situation that’s like, "This is fine," but it’s not. So, it’s just that expression. 

I feel like you have the most poppin’ Rolodex because you’re working with everybody from Kid Ink to J. Cole.
So many things have [happened] organically. I won't really consider it random but like singing background. I don’t know how I did it! I never auditioned for a job. I never sought out a background singer position. Literally, somebody called me and asked me [if I wanted] to do that. Going in and writing with Chris Brown, I just happened to know another really great writer and another good friend of mine who was just like, 'Yo, come in.' All these doors just said, 'Oh, hello! Come inside.'

My best friend went to prom with Kid Ink, so all of these things come back around full circle and it’s really dope. Eric Bellinger, [who] wrote one of those songs with me. I remember he was in a group before he was a writer and a solo artist so I remember being in his studio and just grinding out.

Let’s start from the beginning. Did you grow up in a music household?
Both of my parents are artistic. My father is a visual artist and so is my mother, but I grew up in a household with my mother, brother, and sister and it was full of music all the time. I grew up listening to a lot of oldies. My brother and sister are six, seven years older than me, so even though I was in elementary school, I was listening to R. Kelly like I thought I was that girl in the first or second grade, singing "Bump N' Grind"—no business singing that little girl!  Just a Kindergartener rapping Snoop! But I listened to a lot of '90s R&B, and then I went to a real ghetto middle school, Pacific Palisades Middle School. That’s when I really started getting into rap more on my own ... So then I started being exposed to more alternative music like The Beatles and stuff like that. Just really opening up my palette to just dope music, wherever it comes from, which I feel like a lot of people are embracing more because the Internet makes everybody listen to everything. 

Because of your diverse influences, where do you feel like your music lies?
I feel like there’s definitely an honest, sincere soul element that I can’t get away from just because I believe in passion and sincerely telling a story. It just makes me feel good. And then, there's that knock. I think listening to a lot of The Beatles and a whole plethora of dope songwriters, from Carole King to whomever, made me fall in love with dope melodies. Sweet melodies. So, probably somewhere in there. It’s going to reach you from here (points to heart), but you also hear a true story and a sweet melody.

Do you think that’s going to be the biggest selling point for your EP?
I feel like different people listen to music for different reasons. I know that even in different places in my life, I listened to music for different reasons. I might gravitate to something 'cause it knocks and go, 'Yeah, this is my song.' And then in the fall, I might go, 'Damn, they’re saying some shit.' Then in the winter, you’re booed up and it means something different. So, Heart Flavored Summer is perfect because it kind of has a groove you can move to in the summertime, and I think that definitely will impact people. It’s a good summer soundtrack. Everybody falls in love and does stupid things. 

Lastly, what is a lyric you've written that you hold closest to your heart?
It’s probably, 'What if you’re the one?” Because that goes beyond the relationship. It’s the job, the career move, this is safe. I know that this is safe, but I never even imagined this: what if you're the one? Am I stupid if I don’t take a chance on this? That’s open to anything.

Dive into Treasure Davis' Heart Flavored Summer EP here.

Photo Credit: RCA

From the Web

More on Vibe

Alicia Keys photographed on Nov. 6 at Moonfire Ranch in Topanga, CA.
Miller Mobley

Alicia Keys Speaks On Upcoming Album And Why The Grammys Still Matter

In a cover story for Billboard, Alicia Keys ignited excitement within her fans when she referenced her upcoming album. The project, titled A.L.I.C.I.A., served as "the best therapy I ever had," she said, alongside working on her spring 2020 memoir More Myself: A Journey.

"I ended up being able to see the moments that things shifted," she said. "When you're living it, you're not really reflecting on it." A.L.I.C.I.A. will be the New Yorker's seventh studio album, slated for release next year. Her previous soundscape, Here, was released in 2016, landing at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 during its debut week.

In January, Keys will host the Grammys for the second time in a row, a moment she's eager for viewers to witness. Since the November announcement of 2020's nominees, artists who believed they were snubbed expressed their confusion while others stated they don't need a gramophone to validate their talent. For Keys, the long-running showcase still holds weight within the industry for a simple reason.

"You are awarded by your peers—people who have been through the same experience that you have. So to receive one is the ultimate validation from people that you admire," she said. "That’s the point, and the reason why it has to maintain that level of integrity. And it has to expand now because music is not what it was 10 years ago. It’s about making sure that it’s representing the music that’s happening at the rate that it’s happening, as well. If we’re not all growing and evolving, then pack it up, because what’s the point?"

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Read Keys' full profile here.

Continue Reading
Ashanti Douglas attends "It's a Wonderful Lifetime” first holiday party of the year at STK Los Angeles on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Lifetime

Ashanti Joins Omarion's Millennium Tour

Our prayers for a female presence on Omarion's Millenium Tour have been answered with one of the most talented singers in R&B.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Omarion announced singer-songwriter Ashanti as a special guest for the upcoming tour. "So excited to announce that Ashanti will be joining The Millennium Tour lineup!" he said in an Instagram post. The singer announced the follow-up show last week to what was perceived as a B2K reunion tour featuring Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, Chingy, Bobby Valentino and the Ying Yang Twins earlier this year.

Hailed as The "Millenium Tour 2020," the new bill features Soulja Boy and Sammie, with the Ying Yang Twins, Pretty Ricky and Lloyd returning to the mix. The tour will also include Bow Wow, who has several jams (and an album) with Omarion like "Let Me Hold You" and "Girlfriend."

Before joining the tour, Ashanti was a special guest during Lloyd's performances of their 2004 hit, "Southside." With such a large and memorable discography, fans will be thrilled to hear some of the Grammy-winner's biggest hits like "Foolish," "Only U," and recent releases like "Say Less" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and "Pretty Little Thing" featuring Afro B.

This will more than likely be a another big financial boost to the tour. The inaugural Millennium Tour grossed $6.7 million from its first eight reports, according to Billboard and set a career-high for B2K. They also went on to earn $5 million from three additional dates at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (April 13-14), State Farm Arena in Atlanta (April 4-5), and Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (April 12).

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by ⚡️Omarion ⚡️ (@omarion) on Dec 5, 2019 at 5:57am PST

Continue Reading
George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house. He was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin's Family For $100M

George Zimmerman has launched a $100M lawsuit against the family of Trayvon Martin, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, a publishing firm and a law enforcement agency for defamation.

Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old in 2012, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday (Dec. 3), The Washington Post reports. The former security guard was acquitted of homicide charges for what transpired on Feb. 26, 2012, when he deemed the teenager who was wearing a hoodie as suspicious. Zimmerman claimed he shot the teen in self-defense as prosecutors claimed the fatal shooting was unjustified. The trial and Trayvon went on to become one of the key pillars in the Black Lives Matter movement which brought to light various and racist police practices used around the country.

Zimmerman now claims Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton worked alongside police and prosecutors to create a negative narrative around him. He also claims fake evidence was used in the case leading to “malicious prosecution.” Zimmerman cited Joel Gilbert's film and the documentary The Trayvon Martin Hoax, where Gilbert claimed Trayvon's girlfriend was an imposter. Following the lawsuit announcement, Gilbert will hold a  screening of the film on Thursday.

Also named in the suit is Ben Crump and publishers Harper Collins who released his book, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People. Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were also named in the suit.

Zimmerman has continued to make headlines since the murder of Trayvon. In 2018, he was arrested on charges of stalking when he sent text messages and voicemails to a private investigator Dennis Warren and Michael Gasparro, the co-executive producer of Jay-Z's Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. In one of his text messages to Warren, Zimmerman reportedly insulted Jay Z and threatened Beyonce Knowles- Carter.

In 2015, he was arrested for domestic aggravated assault for allegedly throwing a bottle of wine at his girlfriend. After his acquittal in 2013, he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend. Both charges were ultimately dropped.

He's also found ways to make his narrative worse. In 2016, he trended in Twitter after he decided to auction off the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. He stated, the sale of the “American Firearm Icon” will be used to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers.” In 2015, he reportedly tweeted an image of the teen's slain body with the caption, “Z-man is a one-man army.” He went on to deny the tweet but didn't stay away from the platform. That same year, he called former President Barack Obama a "baboon" and bragged about killing the teen by telling a critic, "We all know how it ended for the last moron who hit me. Give it a whirl, cupcake.”

Continue Reading

Top Stories