Linda Davis

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Linda Davis
Birth name Linda Kaye Davis
Born (1962-11-26) November 26, 1962 (age 51)
Origin Dotson, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels MDJ, Epic, Liberty, Arista Nashville, DreamWorks Nashville, Dreamcatcher
Associated acts Skip & Linda, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Lang Scott
Website Official website

Linda Kaye Davis (born November 26, 1962 in Dotson, Texas) is an American country music singer. Before beginning a career as a solo artist, she had three minor country singles in the charts as one half of the duo Skip & Linda. In her solo career, Davis has recorded five studio albums for major record labels and more than 15 singles. Her highest chart entry is "Does He Love You", her 1993 duet with Reba McEntire, which reached number one on the Billboard country charts and won both singers the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Her highest solo chart position is "Some Things Are Meant to Be" at No. 13 in 1996. Davis is the wife of the country singer Lang Scott and the mother of Hillary Scott, the co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum.

Biography[edit]

Linda Kaye Davis was born November 26, 1962, in Dotson, Texas. She first sang in public on a local radio show at age six. By the time she was 20, Davis had moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she paired up with the singer Skip Eaton to form the duo Skip & Linda. They signed to MDJ Records and had three minor singles on the Billboard country charts.[1] Davis later performed at a piano bar inside a Sheraton hotel, when she was discovered by the record producer Bob Montgomery.[2]

In a Different Light and Linda Davis[edit]

Davis's first solo chart entry came in 1988 on Epic Records, although it was not until 1991 that she released her first album In a Different Light on Liberty Records. This album produced two chart singles, but no Top 40 hits. That same year, Davis co-wrote the title track of Dawn Sears's debut album What a Woman Wants to Hear. A year later, Davis released her second album, Linda Davis, which did not produce any chart singles at all. Reba McEntire then chose Davis as a backing vocalist for her road band.

"Does He Love You" and Shoot for the Moon[edit]

Davis had her biggest chart success in 1993 when she and McEntire recorded their duet "Does He Love You". Davis's only number one country hit, it also won her and McEntire a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration that year.[1] Soon afterward, Davis signed to Arista Nashville and recorded her third album, Shoot for the Moon. This album's first single, the Mac McAnally composition "Company Time", failed to enter the Top 40. It was followed by "Love Didn't Do It" at No. 58. Davis, along with Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride, sang guest vocals on McEntire's mid-1995 cover version of the Patti LaBelle/Michael McDonald song "On My Own", although only McEntire received chart credit for it.

Some Things Are Meant to Be[edit]

Davis did not enter Top 40 on the country charts again until 1996 with the title track of her 1996 album Some Things Are Meant to Be, her second album for Arista. This song peaked at No. 13 on the country charts, becoming her highest solo chart position. Following it were "A Love Story in the Making" (co-written by the former NRBQ member Al Anderson) at No. 33, and "Walk Away", which failed to chart. Also included on this album was the song "What Do I Know", released by Ricochet the same year as its first single.

I'm Yours[edit]

Davis's fifth album, I'm Yours, was released in 1998 on DreamWorks Records, then a newly established record label. Its first single, "I Wanna Remember This", was used on the soundtrack to the film Black Dog. The song peaked at No. 20 in 1998, followed by the title track at No. 38 and "From the Inside Out" at No. 60. After this latter song, Davis left DreamWorks. She was signed to Kenny Rogers' Dreamcatcher Records in 2000.[3]

2003-present[edit]

In 2003, Davis self-released a Christmas album with her husband, Lang Scott, and their daughter, Hillary (b. April 1, 1986). Two more self-released albums, I Have Arrived and Young at Heart, followed in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Hillary founded the country music group Lady Antebellum in 2006.

Davis joined Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for a cover version of Anne Murray's "You Needed Me" on Roman's 2013 album At Last.

In November 2013, Davis joined country singer Kenny Rogers on a 24-date tour that will end in December.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat
In a Different Light
Linda Davis
Shoot for the Moon 28 124 2
Some Things Are Meant to Be
  • Release date: January 30, 1996
  • Label: Arista Nashville
26 164 7
I'm Yours 61
Family Christmas
(with Lang and Hillary Scott)
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Center Hill
I Have Arrived
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Center Hill
Young at Heart
  • Release date: December 4, 2007
  • Label: Center Hill
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

As Skip & Linda[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1982 "If You Could See You Through My Eyes" 63 N/A
"I Just Can't Turn Temptation Down" 73
"This Time" 89

Solo[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[4]
CAN Country
1988 "All the Good Ones Are Taken" 50 N/A
1989 "Back in the Swing Again" 51
"Weak Nights" 67
1991 "In a Different Light" 61 In a Different Light
"Some Kinda Woman" 68
"Three Way Tie"
1992 "There's Something 'Bout Loving You" Linda Davis
"He Isn't My Affair Anymore"
1994 "Company Time" 43 73 Shoot for the Moon
"Love Didn't Do It" 58
1995 "Some Things Are Meant to Be" 13 13 Some Things Are Meant to Be
1996 "A Love Story in the Making" 33 22
"Walk Away" 80
1998 "I Wanna Remember This" 20 31 Black Dog (soundtrack)
1999 "I'm Yours" 38 52 I'm Yours
"From the Inside Out" 60
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country UK
1993 "Does He Love You" Reba McEntire 1 1 Greatest Hits Volume Two
1999 "Does He Love You" (re-release) 62 Moments and Memories: The Best of Reba
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "In a Different Light" Greg Crutcher
1992 "He Isn't My Affair Anymore"
1993 "Does He Love You" (with Reba McEntire) Jon Small
1994 "Company Time"
"Love Didn't Do It"
1995 "Some Things Are Meant to Be" Steven Goldmann
"On My Own" (with Reba McEntire,
Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood)
Dominic Orlando
1998 "I Wanna Remember This" Steven T. Miller/R. Brad Murano
"I'm Yours" Morgan Lawley
1999 "From the Inside Out" Tara Johns

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