Linda Davis

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Linda Davis
Birth nameLinda Kaye Davis
Born (1962-11-26) November 26, 1962 (age 57)
Dodson, Texas, U.S.
GenresCountry, Country Pop
Years active1980–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

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 A.

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 won the Billboard Music Award, as part of Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, for Top Christian Song ("Thy Will") in May, 2017.[1]


Davis was born November 26, 1962, in Dodson, 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.[2] Davis later performed at a piano bar inside a Sheraton hotel, when she was discovered by the record producer Bob Montgomery.[3]

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,[4] they had two daughters: Their daughters are Hillary Scott (April 1, 1986) and Rylee Jean Scott (2000).


In a Different Light and Linda Davis[edit]

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.

"Does He Love You" and Shoot for the Moon[edit]

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.[5] 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.

Some Things Are Meant to Be[edit]

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.

I'm Yours[edit]

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.[6]


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 A in 2006, who were known as Lady Antebellum up until 2020.

In 2009, Davis was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Davis joined Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for a cover version of Anne Murray's "You Needed Me" on Roman's 2013 album At Last.

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
Linda Davis
Shoot for the Moon 28 124 2
Some Things Are Meant to Be
  • Release date: January 30, 1996
  • Label: Arista Nashville
26 164 7
I'm Yours 61
Family Christmas
(with Lang and Hillary Scott)
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Center Hill
I Have Arrived
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Center Hill
Young at Heart
  • Release date: December 4, 2007
  • Label: Center Hill
Love Remains
(as Hillary Scott & the Scott Family)
2 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


As Skip & Linda[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1982 "If You Could See You Through My Eyes" 63 N/A
"I Just Can't Turn Temptation Down" 73
"This Time" 89


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1988 "All the Good Ones Are Taken" 50 N/A
1989 "Back in the Swing Again" 51
"Weak Nights" 67
1991 "In a Different Light" 61 In a Different Light
"Some Kinda Woman" 68
"Three Way Tie"
1992 "There's Something 'Bout Loving You"[8] Linda Davis
"He Isn't My Affair Anymore"[9]
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
"Walk Away" 80
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

As Hillary Scott & the Scott Family[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Christ US Christ Airplay US Bubble
2016 "Thy Will" 27 1 1 12 Love Remains
2017 "Still" 20 21

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country UK
1993 "Does He Love You" Reba McEntire 1 1 Greatest Hits Volume Two
1999 62 Moments and Memories: The Best of Reba
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1989 "Weak Nights"[10] 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
1994 "Company Time"
"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)
Dominic Orlando
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)[11] Shane Drake

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
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
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


  1. ^ "Billboard Music Awards 2017: Complete Winners List".
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Linda Davis biography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Stambler, I.; Landon, G. (2000). Country Music: The Encyclopedia. St. Martin's Press. p. 122. ISBN 9780312264871. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "In January 29, 2011 interview she says we have been married for almost 27 years". Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Huey, Steve. "Linda Davis biography". Allmusic. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  6. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2000-12-23. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 117. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  8. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. February 22, 1992.
  9. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. June 6, 1992.
  10. ^ "New Videoclips" (PDF). Billboard. June 3, 1989.
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hillary Scott : Thy Will". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 20, 2016.

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