Sister act in a camper van pays Norfolk a visit
Sister act, Adrienne and Fern Davis, packed up their life, hopes and dreams, in a rusting camper van and hit the road for a huge faith adventure. Sandie Shirley reports.
Five years on, Daughters of Davis, an acoustic soul and folk duo, are at the forefront of fame and success, and visited Thetford recently to share their hearts and voices as well as their mission to call a halt to media pressure.
At last year’s Flourish - Liberty Church’s annual women’s conference - the sisters spoke about Not Playing the Game (also the title of their third album). Their message was loud and clear, spoken with a robust faith for a faithful God who sees them through the highs, lows and dangers of their on-going travels.
God sees humanity without the need for flawless perfection and idealism, so often portrayed in the media, explains Fern. “The lies we absorb can give us a skewed view of life,” she adds.
The simple understanding – that God loves us as we are – is often central to the girls’ popular rhythmic compositions.
The sisters have known the damaging effects of media pressure in their own lives and they are out to break down the lies and misconceptions using social media so others can find freedom too. Today they have the listening ear of a captive audience. Their hit albums have been aired on national secular and Christian radio and they have wowed audiences across the UK and Europe as well as performing with Peter Andre.
In 2011, their life of sacrifice and faith took off as they travelled the country and began writing on the road. Adrienne ended her occupational therapist job while Fern finished her art degree and sold her car; together they painted houses and did car boot sales – often in the rain – to buy an old camper van.
“Friends and family thought we were crazy but I remember praying with Adrienne and saying ‘if God wants it to happen then he will open the doors’,” says Fern. Throughout their journey the girls will point to their Saviour’s care and guidance. “It is never too late to do what is in your heart. If you follow your dreams we know God will provide, he has never left us - we have seen it first-hand,” says Adrienne.
Performances, media interest and song writing have gained momentum as the doors have certainly swung wide but the journey has also been challenging. During snowy, wintry nights they have slept in layers of clothing to keep warm; survived on porridge, noodles and cheap tins of soup and at times they have busked to pay for the next meal.
n one occasion their van – which has since been replaced - was broken into in the early hours of the morning as they slept. “But God was good - we saw the guy run off into the distance as we drove away,” says Fern.
Pictured above, singing sisters, Adrienne and Fern Davis. Picture by Photocillin.