Jon Davidson is a writer, musician, mixologist and consultant who calls Oregon and Jalisco home. He was born in Berrien Center, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest, working in South Bend, Indiana and attending high school and college in Berrien Springs, MI.
While growing up, he lived in Israel for a year with his family and in Austria for six months as an exchange student. He was voted Most Friendly in his high school senior class.
He graduated with a BA in Communications with a minor in Spanish from Andrews University, and immediately moved to Portland in search of mountains, waterfalls, and a different way of life. He briefly worked as a worship pastor, then launched his writing and music careers.
As the lead singer of the bands Crown Point and Silversafe, and as a solo artist, Davidson has released seven albums, and toured 45 states and five countries. His songs have received radio play on over 300 FM stations worldwide and have been featured in everything from MTV shows to Fendi compilations to feature films. He has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, and on E! TV, and played festivals such as SxSW, Cornerstone, and MusicFest NW.
Jon is the author of one book, Of Bombs and Blackberries, and has written for Drinking Craft, The Compass Magazine, Spectrum, The Dalles Chronicle, The High Life Magazine, Crossroads, and more. He runs his own travel/politics/faith/beer blog as well.
Davidson is also a renowned Portland mixologist with a biweekly bartending segment on Portland's KATU. He has appeared on over 30 TV stations around the country. He is the 2017 Bite of Oregon Iron Mixologist Champion, and consults for many regional bars and restaurants.
Jon also owns and manages five rental properties, is a social media and branding consultant, runs social media for a US House of Representatives candidate, and almost never sleeps.
While not working, Jon loves climbing mountains. He has climbed 50 of the 54 mountains over 14,000 feet in Colorado, most of the glaciated peaks in the Pacific Northwest, and mountains around the globe such as Kilimanjaro and Cotopaxi.
Jon is also passionate about travel. He has visited 60 countries and all 50 states, and recently returned from volunteering for a clean water initiative in Uganda.
Davidson also loves board games, craft beer, local distilleries, genuine human interaction, and dragonfruit. He speaks Spanish and German.
Over the years, Jon has fallen off an 80-foot cliff in México, undergone spinal fusion surgery, severed his tongue mountain biking, ruptured his Achilles playing basketball, and fought Lyme Disease for a year and a half. "Life is short," Jon says. "Nobody gets to the end of theirs and wishes they would've sat on the couch more. I plan on living and loving with everything I have for as long as I'm alive."