Ms. Simmons is a multifaceted entertainer, who captivates audiences with her unique style of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Classical, and Broadway genres. She honed her skills and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
For more than 20 years, DaVonda Simmons has headlined in some of Florida’s hottest nightspots. In the Miami area, her appearances have included the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel, the famous Forge Restaurant, and O’Hara’s Jazz Club to name a few. Most recently she has been seen in Orlando at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island Jazz Company, The Blue Zoo, City Jazz at Universal Studios, and the Blue Martini in Tampa, Florida.
Ms. Simmons’ experience as an all-around entertainer has contributed to her success and extensive work for the Walt Disney World Company. She has appeared as a principal performer and special guest artist for Walt Disney Entertainment for more than 10 years. She has had the pleasure of being the opening act for such greats as Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, Marvin Hamlisch, Lionel Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, Rosemary Clooney, Della Reese, Nell Carter, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, and many others. She also appeared with John Davidson in Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Ms. Simmons performs as a recurring special guest artist for Philadelphia’s Fourth of July and Boscov's Thanksgiving Day parades, televised by the ABC Network. During the 2004 Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show, she had the privilege of performing for the President of the United States.
Ms. Simmons’ ability to tailor her shows has led to convention performances for clients such as IBM, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, BankAtlantic, and many more. She has recorded voice-over performances for Visa, Reading Is Fundamental Foundation, Charisma Productions, Walt Disney World Company, and The Children’s Television Network. She is also the May 1998 winner of the nationally televised “ShowTime at the Apollo.” Currently, Ms. Simmons is appearing as a principal in “The Dooley and Pals Show,” a children’s television show airing on PBS.
She has made frequent worldwide appearances as a headline entertainer aboard the many ships operated by Cunard Crown Cruise Line. In her one-woman show, Ms. Simmons takes audiences on a musical journey that includes the nostalgia of the Swing Era, the pop sounds of Motown R&B, and favorite Broadway showstoppers.
As a studio vocalist, Ms. Simmons’ rich dynamic voice has been heard on pop albums, gospel CDs, and commercial jingles for more than 15 years. She has sung back-up vocals on recordings for artist such as Vanessa L. Williams, Jermaine Jackson, Expose’, Gloria Estefan, and Irene Cara. Her distinctive voice can be heard on commercial and promotional jingles for Chevrolet, Lynx, Magic 107FM, Disney - MGM Studios, Disney Institute, and the Island of St. Martin.
Ms. Simmons’ received rave reviews for her musical theatre performances as Effie White in Dreamgirls at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter Florida, and principal roles in such shows as Sweet Charity, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Menopause the Musical.