Davy Nathan

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OriginTel Aviv, Israel
GenresPop music
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • composer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, organ
Years active1997–present
Associated actsPhilip Lawrence (songwriter)

Davy Nathan (born June 25, 1980) is a music director, record producer, songwriter and pianist based in Los Angeles.

He was the music director of the Television in the American reality television The X Factor US and performed as the music director for Toni Braxton during her Las Vegas show at the Flamingo hotel, as well as several tours with New Kids on the Block.

Davy has produced and written for artists such as Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Toni Braxton, Ricky Martin, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, K. Michelle, Tamar Braxton, Babyface, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Eric Benét and more.

Early life

Nathan was born on June 25, 1980 in Tel Aviv, Israel to Nili and Shabi Nathan. His interest in music developed at a young age, playing various instruments such as piano, guitar and accordion. At age six, Nathan begun taking lessons and soon after started performing all over Israel, in concert halls, on the radio and on television.

At 17-years-old Nathan moved to the United States to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Music Synthesis. After a couple of years he left to pursue a full time career as a keyboard player and musical director.

Performing career

Nathan's professional career started at Wally's Cafe in Boston where he played keyboards two nights a week for two years. His first professional job as a touring keyboard player was in saxophonist's Walter Beasley's band in 2003, and shortly after he joined Brian McKnight's band in 2004. After a year in McKnight's band he served as the piano player and musical director for many artists including: Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton, NKOTB, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bedingfield, TLC (group)|TLC and others. Nathan has also performed with Stanley Clarke, Colbie Calliat, Jason Derulo, Babyface (musician)|Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Sean Kingston, Queen Latifah, Shoshana Bean and Heavenly Joy Jerkins.[1]

In 2011, Nathan worked on the American and British version of the hit TV show X-Factor, working with contestants, arranging songs and playing piano live on air.[2]

Producing/writing career

In 2014, Nathan ended his 10 year run as a musical director and pianist to concentrate on songwriting and production.[3] Shortly after he met Rodney Jerkins who took him under his wing. Together they worked with Mary J Blige, Robin Thicke, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, Queen Latifah, Brandy, Jessie J, Tim Bowman Jr., and also wrote and produced several songs for Lee Daniels's hit TV shows Empire (2015 TV series)|Empire and Star (TV series)|Star. They also received a Grammy nomination for 'Best Gospel Album', co-writing and co-producing on Tim Bowman Jr.'s release 'Listen'.


As a writer/producer

  • 2020: Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins Presents: Come Together (Co-Produced)
  • 2019: Jacob Sartorius - Party Goes Harder (Produced)
  • 2019: Karen Souza - Language of Love whole album (Producer, Co-Writer, Arranger, Piano)
  • 2019: Wax (rapper)|Wax - B.A.A.A (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2018: Jessie J - This Christmas - White Christmas (Co-Produced, Arranger, Piano)
  • 2017: Tamar Braxton - Blind (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2017: K. Michelle - Woman of My Word (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2017: Leroy Sanchez - Man of the Year (Co-Writer)
  • 2017: Karen Souza - You Got That Something feat. Toku (musician)|Toku (Co-Writer)
  • 2016: Wax (rapper)|Wax - The Cookout Chronicles (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2016: Tim Bowman Jr. - Everybody Needs Love, Back to You (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2016: Eric Benét - That Day (Producer)
  • 2015: Wax - Livin' Foul (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2014: Jonathan Butler - Living My Dream - A Prayer (Writer, Producer)
  • 2013: Wax - Unplugged (Producer, Musical Director)
  • 2013: |Wax - Continue (Co-Writer, Co-Producer)
  • 2008: Clint Holmes - Simplesong (Producer and Co-Writer on entire album)

As sideman

  • 2016: Daya - Sit Still, Look Pretty (album)|Sit Still, Look Pretty, Piano on Back to Me
  • 2016: Joy Enriquez - The Call
  • 2014: Babyface & Toni Braxton - Love, Marriage & divorce, Piano on Heart Attack
  • 2014: Shoshana Bean - Shadows to Light
  • 2011: Ethan Farmer - Wine & Strings
  • 2005: Brian McKnight - Gemini, Piano on Everything I Do

As leader

  • 2015: The Davy Nathan Quartet: Adya


  • 2021: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar - (LIONSGATE) Composed, arranged and produced additional music.
  • 2020: Jingle Jangle - (NETFLIX) Co-Wrote and Co-Produced all the songs for this upcoming Netflix original Movie Musical Together with Philip Lawrence (songwriter)|Philip Lawrence, Harvey Mason Jr. and John Legend.
  • 2020: The Wrong Missy - (Happy Madison Productions) Provided additional music.
  • 2019: Ugly Dolls - (STX Entertainment) Co-Produced The Ugly Truth sung by Nick Jonas, written by Christopher Lennertz and Glenn Slater, and also Co-Produced All Dolled Up sung by Janelle Monáe, written by Christopher Lennertz and Glenn Slater.[4]
  • 2018: The Greatest Showman: Reimagined - (20th Century Studios) Co-Produced This is Me sung by Kesha, Missy Elliot and Keala Settle, and Co-Produced Come Alive sung by Years & Years and Jess Glynne, both written by Pasek and Paul.
  • 2018: Father of the Year - (Happy Madison Productions) Provided additional music.
  • 2013:Twist of Faith - (LMN (TV channel)|LIFETIME) Toni Braxton: This Very Moment, I Believe in You (Co-Writer, Producer)


  • 2017: Empire - Nobody Else But You, Need Freedom, Over Everything, I Am Who I Am (Co-Writer, Co-Producer).
  • 2017: Star - One Day, Only God Knows (Co-Writer, Co-Producer).

In the media



  1. "Israeli Plays "America" at RNC". Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  2. "רגע לפני גמר ה-"אקס פקטור": "סיימון קאוול? הוא מותק"". Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  3. "Davy Nathan Credits".
  4. "Davy Nathan Broadway and Theatre Credits".

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