Author, musician, and philanthropist Ethan Daniel Davidson has recorded 11 albums and toured throughout North America and Europe. In 2005 he left his touring life and returned to his Detroit roots where he helps run the William Davidson Foundation established by his late father, Bill Davidson. The private family foundation strives to fulfill its founder’s legacy by advancing the economic, cultural, and civic vitality of Southeast Michigan, the State of Israel, and the Jewish community for future generations.
Following his father’s passing in 2009, Ethan began participating in minyans (Jewish daily prayer) every day for a year as part of the traditional Jewish mourning process. That led to chavrusas (study partnerships of Jewish text) with locals in Detroit and with famed rabbis across the country today, including Arnie Eisen, Benny Lau, Asher Lopatin, Amichai Lau-Lavie, and others.
Ethan serves on numerous boards in the Detroit area including at the Motown Museum and as the Chairman of the Michigan Opera Theatre. At the University of Michigan, he earned a degree in English along with graduate work in Middle Eastern History and Islamic Law. He has also studied Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Ethan and his wife Gretchen live in Metro Detroit with their 3 boys.