Ethan Daniel Davidson

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Born (1969-10-21) October 21, 1969 (age 52)
Lansing, Michigan
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationBA in English
Alma mater
  • University of Michigan
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Musician
  • Philanthropist
  • Songwriter
Years active1990-present
Spouse(s)Gretchen Gonzales Davidson
  • William "Bill" Davidson (father)
RelativesMarla Karimipour (sister)

Ethan Daniel Davidson, (born October 21, 1969) is an American musician and philanthropist known for producing folk music. Since the late 1990s, Davidson has released 10 studio albums.

Early life and education

He is the son of billionaire William "Bill" Davidson, former owner of the Detroit Pistons and Guardian Industries, which was purchased by Koch Industries in 2017. He has one sister, Marla Karimipour, and three stepsisters, including actress Elizabeth Reaser. He was raised in Bloomfield, Michigan and attended Lahser High School.[1] While attending Lahser High School, he was involved in a school band, which he credited with sparking an early interest in music for him. [2]

Davidson graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also studied at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.[1] After graduating, he traveled as a bass player in various East Coast bands, and later moved to Alaska.[3]

Music career

Early career, Six Year Tour

Davidson first began writing music in the 1990s while living in Wiseman, Alaska.[4] He was working in a lumber camp at the time and was encouraged to pursue music by his fellow loggers.[5] While living in Alaska, he toured the United states on his Six Year Tour during which he played over 900 shows.[6][7] His first six albums were produced by Al Sutton on his former record label, Times Beach Records, and recorded in Royal Oak, Michigan.[8]

2012 - present

Davidson's wife Gretchen Gonzales Davidson and Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive produced four of Davidson's records - including Silvertooth (2012) and Drawnigh (2015). Davidson and Gretchen founded the band Seedsmen of the World together.[8] Davidson's 2017 album Crows was produced by Blue Arrow Records of Cleveland, Ohio.[9]

Davidson and his wife co-produced the documentary Call Me Bill: The William Davidson Story, which headlined the 2019 Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival. The 90-minute film follows the life of William Davidson and highlights his business philosophies. Davidson also produced the soundtrack for the documentary, which was directed by Deb Agolli and Push Media.[10]

On August 18, it was announced that Davidson was releasing another album titled Come Down Lonesome, produced with his wife and Defever.[11] The album was released on August 21, 2020 and included both original songs and covers.[12]

Style and influences

Davidson's style has been described as folk, folk rock,[7] and American folk,[13] with influences from artists such as Reverend Gary Davis, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi John Hurt.[14] Mike McGonigal of the Metro Times compared his ability to combine various musical genres to Calexico.[15] His early music often featured heavily political themes, while his later albums focus more on existential conflicts.[16]

Personal life

Davidson is married to Gretchen Gonzales Davidson, a musician best known for her participation in the band Slumber Party, which released 3 records on the label Kill Rock Stars.[1] Together, the couple have three children.[6]


Davidson was named as the board chair for the Michigan Opera Theatre, succeeding Rick Williams who stepped down in 2019.[17] Davidson also serves as a board member at Motown Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts.[18][19]

Davidson is Treasurer and Chairman of the Grants Committee for The William Davidson Institute which was founded by his father.[20]


List of studio albums
Year Title Label
2020 Come Down Lonesome Blue Arrow Records
2017 Crows
2015 Drawnigh Seedsmen
2012 Silvertooth
2005 Free The Ethan Daniel Davidson Five Times Beach Records
2004 Don Quixote De Suburbia
Better Living Through Creative Selling
2001 Bootleg Series Vol. 1
This Machine Kills Fascists
2000 Ring Them Bells
1999 Alaska 11 North


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Call Me Bill: The William Davidson Story Executive producer, composer Documentary
2017 "My Crows" Performer Music video
2015 "Count the Knives" Performer Music video
2014 "Death Don't Have No Mercy" Performer Music video
"Stockton" Performer Music video
"Ain't the Man I Used to Be" Performer Music video
Til the Light Comes Shining In Performer Music video
2013 "I See Satan Fall Like Lightning" Performer Music video
2012 "The Dogs Howl, The Caravan Moves On" Performer Music video

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Headapohl, Jackie (2017-07-27). "Ramblin' Man Gets Grounded - Ethan Daniel Davidson talks about his new album". The Jewish News. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  2. Anchill, Hillary Brody (2019-12-26). "Ethan Davidson". Downtown News Magazine. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  3. Press, The Associated (2012-10-11). "Son of late Pistons owner Bill Davidson ready to fulfill giving legacy". mlive. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  4. Kurly, Mark; chik (2012-09-19). "Settling Back: Four Questions with Ethan Davidson". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  5. Graff, Gary (2020-08-17). "Ethan Daniel Davidson reaches back with feeling for latest album". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Graff, Gary (2017-06-08). "Ethan Daniel Davidson's music is his hobby -- but with a capital H". The Oakland Press. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 News, Deseret (2012-10-10). "Billionaire's son ready to fulfill giving legacy". Deseret News. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Graff, Gary (2012-09-13). "Sound Check: Ethan Daniel Davidson settles down, gives "Silvertooth" for free". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  9. Gavrilovska, Ana (2017-06-07). "Questioning humanity in Ethan Daniel Davidson's 'Crows'". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  10. Chessler, Suzanne (2019-04-25). "'Call Me Bill' Kicks Off Detroit Jewish Film Festival - Detroit Jewish News". The Jewish News. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  11. Chessler, Suzanne (2020-08-19). "Ethan Davidson's New Album Examines Solitude and Introspection - Detroit Jewish News". The Jewish News. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  12. Zimmerman, Lee (2020-08-20). "Ethan Daniel Davidson 'Come Down Lonesome' Is Somber Look Down the Dark Roads of Americana". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  13. "Album Review: Ethan Daniel Davidson's 'Come Down Lonsome'". Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  14. Zimmerman, Lee (2020-06-22). "Ethan Daniel Davidson Holds Himself Accountable on "Someday I'll Be Caught"". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  15. McGonigal, Mike. "'Like a one person Calexico': Ethan Daniel Davidson plays the UFO Sat., May 16". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  16. Kurly, Mark (2012-09-07). "CD Review: Ethan Daniel Davidson's 'Silvertooth'". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  17. Turner, Grace (2019-10-09). "Ethan Davidson Named Chairman of Michigan Opera Theatre". DBusiness Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  18. Schostak, Rachel (2019-11-29). "Style Profile: Gretchen and Ethan Davidson". SEEN Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  19. Mondry, Aaron (2019-09-24). "Motown Museum breaks ground on $50 million expansion". Curbed Detroit. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  20. Riley, Rochelle (2017-06-16). "Motown Museum is $2M closer to reality after Davidson Foundation donation". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2020-08-29.

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