One One 7 is a diversified entertainment company that works with a wide range of talent. For over two decades One One 7 has developed long lasting careers for songwriters, producers, actors, and artists worldwide.
BusinessInterviews.com: What inspired you to launch your business?
Jason Davis: Growing up I had always loved writing songs, but my real start in the music industry was 19 years ago when I became a hit song-writer. After being the lead singer in a band at 13 and writing hundreds of songs over the course of 10 years one of my songs traveled through people and landed on the desk of Grant Cunningham former vice president of Sparrow Records.
Whats kept me in music and remains my focus is that when I was a young teenager I grew up in a very dysfunctional home which caused a lot of pain and confusion. At 13 I became suicidal and it was my love for music and certain bands that literally gave me enough hope and joy to stay alive, through my experience I now know first hand the power of how God used music in my life and I know when music is done well it has the power to save a life.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you have any recent success stories that you’d like to share with our readers?
Jason Davis: Over the last several months through the various companies that I am a partner of we have helped land 5 different artists record deal offers which is an incredible feat in todays music business. I have been in the business for 19 years and to still be having successes happening often and currently is very exciting. Matt Kahler (singer-songwriter from Arizona reminiscent of John Mayer and Justin Timberlake) signed with Radar Label Group, Austin French (a contemporary Christian artist from Georgia reminiscent of Gavin Degraw and Shawn Mendes), Julia Brennan (singer-songwriter from Minnesota reminiscent of Dido and Skylar Grey), Oh, Be Clever (an Alternative/Electronic band from Salt Lake City, UT with a female lead vocalist reminiscent of the Eurythmics and Sneaker Pimps), and The Unlikely Candidates (an Alternative Rock band from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, reminiscent of The Strokes, The Killers, and The Rolling Stones) are all signed to labels distributed through Sony. Julia Brennan is about to release her Sony debut single “Inner Demons” to radio and The Unlikely Candidates just released their Sony debut single to radio this week, called “Ringer” which is available now.
BusinessInterviews.com: What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you/your Company?
Jason Davis: I recently did a partnership deal with First Company Management.
“First Company Management was established in 1995 by Wes Campbell to provide organization, logistical management and promotional services for domestic and international music tour productions and festivals, most prominently in the Contemporary Christian Music genre.
In addition to our concert and event management and production activities, FCM also manages the career of the multi-Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning CCM artist Newsboys. We were also the creator of Festival Con Dios, the world’s first traveling Christian music festival utilizing portable venues as well as the producer of both The Electric Barnyard Tour and Jessica Simpson’s Dreamchaser Tour within the same portable venues.”
BusinessInterviews.com: Have you had any mentors or role models that have influenced you? Describe the impact.
Jason Davis: I had a few mentors that really helped and encouraged me to continue in the business. Grant Cummingham former VP of Sparrow Records gave me my first break in music industry when I wrote my first hit song Captured by Aaron Benward. In the beginning of my career Marvin Peart, former senior VP of Epic Records, and Ruby Marchand, former senior executive VP of Time Warner, were always available to me. If I called they would return my call, if I emailed they would email back, if I wanted to meet up they would meet me. All three of those people I had relationships with many years ago and all of them had a major impact on the trajectory of my career.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you consider yourself successful and by what means do you measure success?
Jason Davis: My view is that anyone who is following the will of God and the plans of God is successful. The way I determine success is by seeing if those around me and those I’m serving are thriving. That’s how I view success and thankfully a lot of artists we work with have some measure of success, so that’s definitely proof of concept to me.
BusinessInterviews.com: What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs and business owners? What do you wish someone told you?
Jason Davis: I would say several things, first and foremost you have to be extremely passionate about what your doing, if hard times come or successes come it is very important to stay centered and focused on what you’re doing and your mission. Secondly, it is vital to put people before the deal and to care about the people you are working for and that you serve. Always stay transparent and honest in all your dealings even if your telling someone something they don’t want to hear. Lastly, you have to be sold out for quality and being the best you possibly can at whatever you do even if that means fighting for the product or service you provide to make it better.
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