Billy Newton-Davis grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. He was one of two lead singers in a local soul band called “The Illusions” in high school. He received his Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University. After graduating he moved to New York to pursue his dreams as a singer, actor, dancer on Broadway. His first gig was as a backing vocalist for Gloria Gaynor. After leaving her he went on to do several Broadway Show’s…. “Bubblin Brown Sugar”, “Eubie”, Gotto Go Disco, and later “Stop The World” starring Sammy Davis Jr. He came to Toronto, Ontario in 1980, and did more live theatre but really wanted to focus on becoming a recording artist. His debut album, Love Is a Contact Sport, won the Juno Award for best R&B/soul recording in 1986 and included the hits “Deeper”, “Right Beside You” and “Find My Way Back”.
His 1989 follow up, Spellbound, included his biggest Canadian chart hit, “I Can’t Take It”, as well as the Celine Dion duet “Can’t Live With You, Can’t Live Without You” and again won the Juno for best R&B/soul recording.
Newton-Davis subsequently joined The Nylons in 1991. Since leaving the Nylons, he has primarily concentrated on songwriting and live jazz and gospel performances. He also collaborated and performed vocals on a number of deadmau5 tracks, including “I Like Your Music”, and “All U Ever Want”.
In 2008, Newton-Davis won the Juno Award for All You Ever Want as Best Dance Album. Openly gay, He performed on the album “A Boy’s Life “(2008) is a “celebratiop of all the naughty things men can get up to when left to their own devices.
Billy is always out there singing and performing. He is either doing “Gala’s”.. “Corporate Shows”.. And he does quite a bit of Charity Events… “It is a joy to share my talent with others, it is my gift to share…
Billy is now concentrating on a new Live Off The Floor CD!….