Thursday, June 29, 2006
Country singer Linda Davis was at home watching the 1994 Grammy Awards when it was announced that she and Reba McEntire won Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
"I watched it on TV like everybody else. I was eating Baskin-Robbins ice cream with friends and family and then got on the phone to call Reba," Davis said. "We were like little kids who found out they were voted the most popular person in school."
Davis said winning that Grammy was one of those unexpected moments that was just meant to be -- much like her entire career.
Davis drove to Nashville 20 years ago in a diesel Delta 88 from a small town in Texas.
"I just knew country music and Nashville went together, and the Grand Ole Opry was there," Davis said. "And my dreams have far been surpassed more than anything I ever imagined. I'm very lucky. I have a well-rounded, great career and a beautiful family."
Davis has two daughters, a 20-year-old and a 5-year-old.
"Lang (her husband) and I just did our thing like we always had, and God thought we needed to spice this family up," Davis said about the addition of their youngest child. The whole family will perform Sunday --hey all are singers and musicians.
Davis met her husband her first day on the job at a recording studio in Nashville. Lang came in to do a recording.
"We struck up a conversation, and the attraction was there," Davis said. "We started to develop a friendship, and I said, Whatever happens, I want this man around.' He felt the same way, and we got married. It was destiny for us to meet."
During the early days of Davis' career, she recorded jingles for Kentucky Fried Chicken, Mug Root Beer and Dr Pepper -- but she never received a lifetime supply of soda.
"Dr. Pepper is really big in Texas. A lifetime supply would have provided Christmas presents from now 'til the lord comes back," Davis said. "But the royalty checks for those jingles felt like, Oh my God, we won the lottery!'"
As Davis' career took off, she had multiple opportunities to perform on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. She described one particular performance that felt like being in a movie.
"I was singing the duet with Reba, and it was one of those magical moments when the song took on a life of its own. There's that tension and something really cool about two women duking it out over a slimy man," Davis said. "There are so many situations I found myself in music where you soak it up to make memories that will last a lifetime."
One of those recent memories was created when Davis performed in Washington, D.C., for senators and their spouses. Ted Kennedy told Davis if he wasn't in politics, he would like to be singing.
"His wife said he had a karaoke machine and that I should not egg him on," Davis said. "Not everyone finds themselves having conversations like that."