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|Linda Kaye Davis|
|Born||November 26, 1962|
|Origin||Dotson, Texas, U.S.|
|Genres||Country, Country Pop|
Linda Kaye Davis (born November 26, 1962) 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 of Lady Antebellum.
Davis won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Album and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song as part of the Scott Family's album Love Remains. Linda Davis now has three Grammy wins in her career.
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. Davis later performed at a piano bar inside a Sheraton hotel, when she was discovered by the record producer Bob Montgomery.
Davis moved to Tennessee and became a receptionist for a small studio. She occasionally sang demos and jingles. Shortly after starting her job she met a songwriter who became her husband: Lang Scott. After marrying in Spring 1984, they had two daughters: Their daughters are Hillary Scott (April 1, 1986) and Rylee Jean Scott (2000).
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2009, Davis was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2013 & 2015, Davis toured with fellow country singer Kenny Rogers and will again accompany him on his "The Gambler's Last Deal" tour in 2017.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US||US Heat|
|In a Different Light||
|Shoot for the Moon||
|Some Things Are Meant to Be||
(with Lang and Hillary Scott)
|I Have Arrived||
|Young at Heart||
(as Hillary Scott & the Scott Family)
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1982||"If You Could See You Through My Eyes"||63||N/A|
|"I Just Can't Turn Temptation Down"||73|
|1988||"All the Good Ones Are Taken"||50||--||N/A|
|1989||"Back in the Swing Again"||51||--|
|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|
|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|
|1989||"Weak Nights"||Larry Boothby|
|1990||"In a Different Light"||Greg Crutcher|
|1991||"Three Way Tie"||Jack Cole|
|1992||"He Isn't My Affair Anymore"|
|1993||"Does He Love You" (with Reba McEntire)||Jon Small|
|"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)
|1998||"I Wanna Remember This"||Steven T. Miller/R. Brad Murano|
|"I'm Yours"||Morgan Lawley|
|1999||"From the Inside Out"||Tara Johns|
|2016||"Thy Will" (with Hillary Scott & the Scott Family)||Shane Drake|
|1988||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top New Female Vocalist||Linda Davis||Nominated|
|1993||Top Vocal Duet||Linda Davis and Reba McEntire||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Does He Love You (with Reba McEntire)||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||Nominated|
|1994||Grammy Awards||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals||Won|
|Country Music Association Awards||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Single of the Year||Nominated|
|Vocal Event of the Year||Won|
|1996||On My Own (with Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood)||Nominated|
|38th Grammy Awards||Best Country Collaboration with Vocals||Nominated|
|2009||Texas Country Music Hall of Fame||Inductee||Linda Davis||Won|
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best Contemporary Christian Album||Love Remains (with Hillary Scott)||Won|
|Best Contemporary Christian Performance/Song||Thy Will||Won|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top Christian Song||Won|