The country and folk sounds of Gail Davies have been gracing the music industry since 1978. Born in 1948 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma to a popular country singer, Davies moved to Los Angeles after high school, where she married a jazz singer. She, too, sang jazz for a brief time as well, until she and her husband divorced. She then was hired as a session singer and worked with artists like Neil Young and Hoyt Axton. She was given the opportunity before to sit in on a session with John Lennon, as well. A singer-songwriter friend, Joni Mitchell, introduced Davies to her engineer, who taught her how to produce records. After turning down the opportunity to work with Frank Zappa’s band on a European tour, she took up a gig as a singing partner with Roger Miller on The Merv Griffin Show. In 1976, she moved to Nashville, where she landed a job as a songwriter. In 1978, she released a self-titled album.
That self-titled album released three Top 20 singles, including “Someone Is Looking for Someone Like You,” which reached Number Eleven on the Billboard charts. Her second album, under Warner Bros. Records, featured a Top 10 single, “Blue Heartache,” and two more Top 20 hits, “Like Strangers” and “Good Lovin’ Man.” Her third album featured a duet with Emmylou Harris, “It’s a Lovely, Lovely World.” Her success didn’t stop there; she released “Grandma’s Song,” “Round the Clock Lovin’,” “Singing the Blues,” “The Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart,” “Breakaway” and many other Top 100 and Top 50 hits.
In 1981, Davies was nominated for two awards, from the CMA and from the ACMA. She was also honored by the DJs of America as country music’s Best New Female Vocalist. In 2002, she received an award from the International Bluegrass Music Association and was nominated for a Grammy for her duet with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. Her work on the tribute to country legend Webb Pierce, Caught In The Web, also got her a nomination for an Americana award.
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