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Music artist to lead Homecoming Parade

County music recording artist Linda Davis seems to have adopted Austin Peay State University.

Its more like you all have adopted me, she said during a recent telephone interview. Everyone has made me feel so warm and welcome. Lets just call it a mutual admiration club.

Davis has agreed to return Nov. 4 to serve as grand marshal of APSUs Homecoming Parade, after performing Saturday, Aug. 19 in a benefit concert for APSU Athleticsher second time in three years to perform at an Austin Peay Athletics fundraiser.
County music recording artist Linda Davis seems to have adopted Austin Peay State University.

“It's more like you all have adopted me,” she said during a recent telephone interview. “Everyone has made me feel so warm and welcome. Let's just call it a mutual admiration club.”

Davis has agreed to return Nov. 4 to serve as grand marshal of APSU's Homecoming Parade, after performing Saturday, Aug. 19 in a benefit concert for APSU Athleticsher second time in three years to perform at an Austin Peay Athletics fundraiser.

On Nov. 4, as grand marshal of the parade, Davis will ride in the lead car. Afterwards, she will be a special guest at the Alumni Awards Brunch and in the President's Press Box.

Davis also will sing the national anthem at the Homecoming game that afternoon.

“That's right up my alleysinging the national anthem. I love that,” she said. “And I'm always up for a party, and Homecoming will be a big party. Plus, it gives me a chance to support the football team.”

Davis, who called Austin Peay her “home away from home,” is delighted that APSU's 2006 Homecoming theme“Celebrating Music in America”--is patriotic.

“With the return this fall of the 101st, it's a great way to celebrate with the soldiers and their families,” Davis said.

Talking about her upcoming Aug. 19 concert at APSU, she said, “I want to brag a second on Austin Peay's facilities, especially the Concert Hall. I'm really proud of it for the community and the students and faculty at Austin Peay. There's no better concert hall in middle Tennessee.”

With her enthusiasm and eagerness to help the University, Davis has endeared herself to Austin Peay and the community. “I've seen the heart of Austin Peay,” she said. “And it's all about providing a wonderful education to students and service to the community.”

Davis has recorded many chart-topping singles and albums since the early 1990s, but she is best known for her Grammy-winning duet, “Does He Love You,” with Reba McEntire.

Davis recorded her debut album, “In a Different Light,” in 1991. She released another album in 1992, but 1993 brought her to the top of the country charts with “Does He Love You,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration with McEntire. Davis' next two albums, “Shoot for 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 previously released material.

For more information about Homecoming or to make reservations to any of the events, telephone the Office of Alumni and Annual Giving at (931) 221-7979. — Dennie Burke