Sibling trio from Jackson an Internet sensation as Daves Highway

lwalck@sunherald.com Twitter:July 4, 2014 

Erika, Zachary and Delaney Daves, a sibling trio from Jackson, Miss., perform as Daves Highway. They sing original songs and covers in the Christian, country, folk, rock and gospel genres. They stopped by the Sun Herald on Friday to sing their song 'Make My Way' before performing at an Independence Day event in Perkinston.

SUN HERALD

Watch out, The Band Perry. Mississippi has a new sibling trio ready for the spotlight.

This time, though, it's two sisters and one brother -- Delaney, Erika and Zachary Daves.

Together, the Jackson teenagers form Daves Highway and their three-part harmonies have earned them a devoted Internet following. Their mostly homemade videos have garnered more than eight million combined views on sites such as GodTube and GodVine, as well as YouTube, according to the group's website.

Although many of the videos feature hymns and church songs, the home-schooled trio said they don't want to be pigeonholed in the Christian genre.

"Not a Christian band but a band of Christians," Zachary said.

They also pull from rock, folk, country and gospel genres and cite influences such as The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, Little Big Town, Fleetwood Mac and John Mayer.

They credit their parents for that diversity -- Darryl Daves is former '70s rocker and Myrna Daves grew up singing in church and loves country music.

The youngest, Erika, is the songwriter of the group but none of the three has been formally trained.

"None of us can read music," Zachary said. "We just play by ear mostly."

The Internet notoriety started after Darryl decided one day in 2009 to take a video of the siblings -- then 11, 13 and 14 -- singing Christian artist Chris Tomlin's "Jesus Messiah." Tomlin posted it on his blog and it spread across Christian websites. The siblings even got to perform with Tomlin at a show in Memphis, Tenn.

Daves Highway caught the attention of Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock, who most recently worked with The Civil Wars and the "12 Years A Slave" soundtrack but got his start working with Christian artists.

Peacock produced the siblings' first two records, and his son worked on their most recent one, "A Brand New Day."

"This is the first album that we've been old enough to take the lead on," Erika said.

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