Clay Davidson

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Clay Davidson
Born (1971-04-04) April 4, 1971 (age 50)
OriginSaltville, Virginia, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–2001 (Solo)
2016–present (with Arnold Davidson as Damn Davidsons.)
LabelsVirgin Records Nashville
Capitol Nashville
Associated actsJude Cole

Clay Davidson (born April 4, 1971) is an American country music artist. He signed to Virgin Records' Nashville division in late 1999. Davidson released his debut album Unconditional on April 11, 2000. Its title track was a top 5 hit for him on the Billboard country charts, and the album produced two more Top 30 hits. Davidson was later transferred to Capitol Records Nashville after Virgin Nashville's lineup was merged into Capitol, although he did not record anything for Capitol and was soon dropped. To date, Unconditional remains his only studio album.


Clay Davidson was born in Saltville, Virginia to a musical family. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in search of a record deal.[1] While in Nashville, Davidson won Charlie Daniels' Talent Round-Up show in 1995. Davidson and his wife later moved to Tennessee, and Davidson soon became a demo singer for other artists.[2]

Davidson was later called in to substitute for Michael McDonald at a party for rock artist Jude Cole. While at the party, Cole recommended Davidson to Scott Hendricks, who had just started the Virgin Records Nashville label.[3] Davidson's first album, Unconditional, was released in 2000, producing three hit singles on the country music charts.

In early 2001, Virgin Records announced that it would be closing its Virgin Nashville branch. Virgin's artist roster was transferred to Capitol Nashville. Davidson, however, did not record any albums or singles during his tenure on Capitol. On July 20, 2001, Davidson and his touring band were involved in a bus accident outside Effingham, Illinois. He and his bandmates suffered only minor cuts and bruises, but several concerts had to be canceled.[4][5]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Unconditional 33 39


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US US Bubbling
2000 "Unconditional"[A] 3 49 Unconditional
"I Can't Lie to Me" 26 17
2001 "Sometimes" 21 12
  • A^ "Unconditional" also peaked at number 9 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2000 "Unconditional" Eric Welch
"I Can't Lie to Me"
"Sometimes"[7] Stephen Shepherd


  1. ^ allmusic ((( Clay Davidson > Biography )))
  2. ^ Patterson, Jim (July 12, 2000). "Southern Rocker Scores With Ballad". The Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 29, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Flippo, Chet (February 26, 2000). "Virgin Nashville's Clay Davidson achieves 'Unconditional' radio hit". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  4. ^ : Clay Davidson : Davidson Is Unconditionally OK
  5. ^ : Clay Davidson : Clay Davidson on the Mend
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2012). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Clay Davidson : Sometimes". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.