An evening of singer-songwriter magic straight from the musical mecca of Nashville will be held at the Abbeville Opera House on December 4.
Join Grammy Award-winning Linda Davis and bestselling songwriters Lang Scott and Bill Whyte. Scott is Davis’ husband.
Davis is best known for her successful 1993 duet with legendary Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You”.
Davis, from east Texas, has been a sought-after session singer in Nashville and even a commercial jingle singer. She graced the stages of radio, and later television, country music shows, Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry.
Davis spoke with the Index-Journal by phone on Nov. 12 about his career and the upcoming AOH show.
“The Louisiana Hayride has been called ‘the birthplace of the stars’ and the next stop was the Grand Ole Opry,” said Davis. “A gentleman who has since passed away, Johnnie High (a music performer from Texas) was also someone who helped me get to where I am.”
Because talented artists such as High believed in her, Davis said today that she enjoys helping budding talent.
“I developed a consulting business, Stage / Performance 101, to help new artists improve their performing technique,” Davis said.
After touring and working with some of the biggest names in country music, Davis says one of his favorite things to do now is share his love of music with others, inside and out. Of the industry.
“We’re going to tell stories and sing songs (at Abbeville),” Davis said. “Because it’s close to the holidays, there will be Christmas music, but more country. My husband and I have known Bill (Whyte) for over 15 years. He has had a very successful career in country radio and is currently in the Country Radio Hall of Fame. The evening will be very typical of the round performances at the Nashville, where we take turns.
Music brings people together and creates great memories, Davis said, whether at home, after dinner, or in a performance space.
“We have the music, but we also have all the stories and the real things that have happened on the road all these years,” Davis said. “I like to share this with an audience. It’s like the guitar prints I have with my friends in my living room. Bill is also funny and it’s a fun night.
Davis has said that it is “the best” to work and share the passion of your life with your spouse for most of your marriage.
“You are sharing all the things and seeing all the places,” Davis said. “But, this will be my first time in Abbeville.”
Music is a family affair for Davis and Scott, who is a former recording artist for MCA Records who also grew up in South Carolina. Davis and Scott are the parents of Rylee Jean Scott and Hillary Scott. The latter is a member of country megastars Lady A.
As a family, in 2016, they released an award-winning faith-based album, “Love Remains,” which won two Grammy Awards, as well as Dove and Billboard Awards.
Tickets are on sale for the AOH show at aftontickets.com. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. Concert start at 7.30 p.m.
Contact Sainte-Claire Donaghy at 864-943-2518.