Karetha (Kaye) Davis, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, attended Knoxville College and Kent State University.
While at Knoxville, Kaye met and in 1969 married Duane Davis. They began their music teaching careers in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Kaye retired from the district in 2009.
Kaye has directed children's choirs at schools, churches and conventions. She was the founder and artistic director of the Grand Rapids African American Youth Chorus (GRAAYC).