Since her days performing in clubs in Washington, D.C., Frenchie Davis has had a strong connection with gay audiences.
Last week, in an article previewing her appearance at a gay pride event, she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she has been dating a woman for the past year and thinks it could be a long-term relationship. Davis has declined to further discuss coming out, citing a commitment to a national publication.
But she is making the rounds of pride events, including Friday Night's Fairness Awards at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown. The American Idol and The Voice alum will perform at the awards, presented by Lexington Fairness, and there will be previews of SummerFest's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Before she hit the road to Lexington, we asked Davis, 33, some questions by email. Here's what she had to say. This is an edited transcript of the conversation.
Question: Your career has spanned so many styles. Please tell us about the new album and what we can expect from it.
Answer: Well, I'm recording tracks for the new album as we speak, and the new single is going to be released in a few weeks. It's going to be mostly dance music, and I'm really excited about it.
Q: What do you plan to perform at the Fairness Awards?
A: Some of my Broadway stuff, some dance tracks, might even throw in a Whitney (Houston) and/or Donna (Summer) tribute.
Q: How has your music developed over the years? Are you where you thought you would end up, years ago when you were starting in D.C.?
A: It's amazing because I feel like I'm growing and learning every day, so I continue to evolve, but the lessons learned and the experiences I had there have all contributed to who I am today.
Q: I was reading where you credit The Voice with helping you identify dance pop as where you think you should be. What was it about the show that helped you identify that?
A: Mostly the songs that they chose for me and the way in which the fans responded to them. Those are not songs that I would have chosen for myself, but a lot of people went on iTunes and downloaded them. I had a blast performing them on the show.
Q: You have had such success with Broadway and musical theater. Do you expect to go back to stage work again? What was the most satisfying of your stage roles?
A: Musical theater is how I fell in love with singing, so I would love to go back to the theater, and I definitely have plans on going back at some point. The challenging part of performing in a theater show is that the eight-show-a-week schedule makes it really difficult to find time to pursue other opportunities. So as of now, I want to continue to focus on making music and go back to Broadway in the future. As far as what's my favorite role, ... well, that's hard to choose, because I've loved them all for different reasons.
Q. So you are coming to Lexington to perform in the annual Fairness Awards. What made you decide to come to this event?
A: I love the gay boys. They've kept me working all these years, and I support human rights. So whenever the opportunity presents itself to combine my love of singing with showing support for the community, I welcome it.
Q: Lexington Fairness has worked to support laws preventing discrimination against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and most recently at preventing bullying. What makes it important to celebrities such as yourself to endorse efforts such as this?
A: I don't think it's solely important for celebrities to endorse these laws. I think the responsibility lies within all members of the community. Human rights encompasses all human beings: gay, straight, black, white, whatever. And we all share a responsibility. It's up to each and every one of us to use our God-given talents and strengths to help ensure that all human beings are treated equally.
Q: It is noted in many places that you have a strong appeal to gay audiences. Why do you think that is?
A: I honestly don't know. I just know that I love them and they love me. It's a mutual love and respect that I don't take for granted.