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Grammy winner Linda Davis to perform fundraising concert for Athletics

A favorite entertainer returns to Austin Peay State University on Aug. 19 to helponce again raise money for APSU Athletics.

Country music singing star Linda Davis will present a concert beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Music/Mass Communication Concert Hall, which was named by The Robb Report as one of the top 10 concert halls in the nation.
A favorite entertainer returns to Austin Peay State University on Aug. 19 to helponce again raise money for APSU Athletics.

Country music singing star Linda Davis will present a concert beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Music/Mass Communication Concert Hall, which was named by The Robb Report as one of the top 10 concert halls in the nation.

Admission to the concert is $50 per person. APSU student tickets are $25 at the door, if seats are available. For $75 per person, patrons will enjoy VIP seating for the concert, a post-concert reception and a photo session with Davis.

This is a return engagement for Davis, who performed during a Fall 2003 concert to raise money for APSU Athletics.

“We're delighted to have Linda back,” said Rip Watts, director of corporate relations. “It's obvious she has a special place in her heart for Austin Peay, and she always puts on an especially great show for us.”

Davis is best known for “Does He Love You,” a Grammy-winning duet with her mentor, Reba McIntyre. A Texas native, Davis was singing on local radio when she was 6. She moved to Nashville in 1982 and teamed up with Skip Eaton. The duo had three hit singles, including “If You Could See You Through My Eyes,” before Davis became a backup vocalist to McIntyre.

Davis recorded her debut album, “In a Different Light,” in 1991. She released another album in 1992, but 1993 brought her (with McIntyre) to the top of the country charts with “Does He Love You,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Davis' next two albums, “Shoot the Moon” and “Some Things Are Meant to Be,” charted in the country Top 30. Her 1998 album, “I'm Yours,” featured new tracks and some previously released material.

On July 11 at the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill, Davis was present at the kick-off picnic for the fundraiser concert. Sharon Silva, development officer, said, “Linda is warm and approachable.

“She stayed a long time after lunch, meeting everyone, shaking hands and calling several by name whom she remembered from her last concert here. She's genuinely interested in what we have going on and excited to be helping us.”

Joining Davis as special guest performers at the Aug. 19 concert are Chris Robertson and The Country Music Band.

Gold sponsors are Charter Communications, Chuck Furniture Depot, Five Star Radio Group, Governors Club, Heritage Bank, The Leaf-Chronicle, Legends Bank, Matthews Nissan and Suzuki, Wayne Pace Family, Stormpay.com, WJZM-AM and WKAG-TV3. Silver sponsors are Budweiser of Clarksville, Johnny and Donita Piper, Orgain Building Supply and US Bank.

For more information or to make reservations, telephone (931) 221-7127. — Dennie B. Burke