Shermell SHERM Davis is a Producer, from SouthWest Georgia,
born and raised in a small city called Albany, Georgia, just two
hours south of Atlanta. At the early age of four, unlike the average
child his age, Sherm spent the most of his time drawing and
playing records in his room. I was just doing what I saw my
dad do, he said, but I would turn the speakers up loud and lay
my head against the speakers to feel the bass. As a child listening
to the beat and melodies the sound would never leave my head,
but by the time I got up in elementary school, I would beat
on the desk sometimes when I got bored or finished with all my work.
I stayed in the principal office for that, but by this Sherm knew
early on he could move people with his ear for music by
the reaction of his classmates. Taking his first lesson in music
at the age of thirteen, he join the band in middle school.
Sherm stayed focus in school by playing in sports and art. Also gifted
in drawing, Sherm's teachers recognized this talent and entered
him into Art Contests where he placed first place throughout
his years in middle school and high school. He would save money
he earn from the art contests and buy music equipment.
This would be the start of getting to make his own beats.
My first piece of equipment
was a midi controller keyboard I purchased from a computer show.
During that time I was on Fruity Loop Pro making beats and
it wasn’t as advance as the software is today, said Sherm.
As his hobby developed, Sherm's older cousin recognized
his potential and kept him around the studio. By the time Sherm
was eighteen, he worked with local talent and major recording
group “Suthern Klick” and Field Mob who had a record deal with
MCA Records known today as, Geffen Records. These artists played
a role in Davis learning his way around the recording studio. They appreciate
my recording and mixing them and I got compensation for my work,
Davis said.
Countless other Georgia and Florida artists notice Sherm for his original
but unique style of beats. Working with some major recording artist landing
placements on their projects was a catapult to getting Sherm the producer’s status.
Davis went on with his craft and started his own production company, where
he launched Grind Work Music Group LLC., and went back to his first love, making beats.
Sherm toured with artist he built working relationships with across the southern region
where he was introduced to other sounds and music industry professionals.
Sherm knew he had to keep these artist around to attach his sound to and begin
creating different beats inspired by all the places he been over the years.
Sherm started to become a known face and talent, but the initial response was not as encouraging
as he had expected. With the opportunity for a Music Supervisor, Sherm was introduced to the
film world threw Maverick Film. Sherm took on a new path which later on went winners of Audience Choice Award, Buffalo Niagara Film Festivals,and Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2008. Even though, there were a lot of artists feeling his style of music. Today, you can find Sherm working on building business and in collaboration with other producers forming his production catalog. When asked, “What’s next”? With his normal, quiet and laid back demeanor, Davis says “my short term goal was to be a Hot Producer ”, when God says it’s time to become larger, I’ll be prepared.