Wild Choir

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Wild Choir
Genres Country rock
Years active 1985 – 1987
Labels RCA Nashville
Associated acts Gail Davies, Great Plains
Members Larry Chaney
Denny Dadmun-Bixby
Gail Davies
Bob Mummert
Pete Pendras

Wild Choir was an American country music band, originally formed in 1985. Founded by country artist Gail Davies and her guitarist Pete Pendras, Davies thought of the idea upon returning from a trip to London, England in 1985.[1] Upon speaking with RCA executive Joe Galante, the band signed a recording contract with RCA Nashville.[2] Along with a self-titled studio album, the band released three singles in 1986. Although the lead single, "Safe in the Arms of Love", did not chart, it would later become a major hit for both Michelle Wright and Martina McBride in 1995 respectively.[2] Two singles from the album followed, the highest-charting being "Heart to Heart", which reached number forty on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Wild Choir's singles received major criticism by country music radio. Many stations found the recordings to be too closely associated with rock music, believing it would not respond well with listeners. Although they did not achieve major success, Wild Choir has been said to influence several major country music bands, including Foster & Lloyd.[2]

After breaking up, Denny Dadmun-Bixby joined country group Great Plains and later sang background vocals on Suzy Bogguss' 1998 album Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with no available chart positions
Title Album details
Wild Choir


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
US Country
"Safe in the Arms of Love" 1986 Wild Choir
"Next Time" 51
"Heart to Heart" 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1986 "Safe in the Arms of Love" David Hogan


  1. ^ Dennis, Paul W. "Forgotten Artists: Gail Davies". Engine 145. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gail Davies -- Wild Choir". Gail Davies. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 462. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.