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Stephen Allen Davis / Blog

Life and More Life

Stephen Allen Davis grew up outside of Nashville in Hendersonville, Tennessee. During his teens he was a nationally ranked tournament water skier and played basketball and football. But seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, February 9, 1964, forever changed what he wanted to do with his life. From age 14, he organized his own bands and played in and around Nashville. It was while working with one of these bands that Stephen’s got a chance to perform his own songs for the first time live and on stage. It let him see what it took to write a song, arrange it and then perform it. The playing, writing took on more meaning in his last 2 years of high school. During his senior year he had a football injury that took that sport and the skiing away and like life can do, something was to replace it. In 1967, the summer he got of out high school he started playing bass in a band that worked in the infamous Printer’s Alley, without telling his parents. He was underage and the drummer in the band got him a fake ID. Finally Davis had to come clean with his parents. They were not very happy about it but they gave him permission to continue playing. Later on that summer the band, “Billy Osborne and the Tracers”, got a house gig in Indianapolis at the Sugar Shack. The 6 of them moved into 2 rooms at a downtown hotel. Stephen’s mother wanted him to return and go to college, he said he would. He entered Peabody College in Nashville. During that time Stephen asked his uncle, music city legend, Harold Bradley. How do you get in the music business? He said to contact a publisher. Stephen got the phone book and found Music Publishers and called until someone said they would see him. That person was Norro Wilson, who ran Al Gallico Music. He had his 1st meeting. Norro listened and nothing knocked him out but Davis, asked if he could play him one more song. He did not have it on tape but he could he play it on guitar. Norro agreed. He played the song that was written one night after a gig in his bedroom at home. Norro immediately recognized this as a potential hit song. He contacted Gallico in New York and Davis played it over the phone for him. Gallico also felt the song was a smash. He said he wanted to take the song to Jerry Wexler for Percy Sledge, that song was one of Percy’s biggest hit. “Take Time To Know Her” . Stephen was inked to a publishing deal at $175 a month. The early part of 1968 also saw Steve Davis get his 1st recording contract, with RCA Records. Since then Stephen has written over 300 songs that have been recorded. He has 18 BMI most performed song awards and been nominated for Grammy’s twice. He has 3 Million Aire award songs in his catalog. His songs have been recorded by a diverse group of artists. Everyone from Tammy Wynette to Diana Ross, Charlie Rich to Joe Cocker, Tom Jones to George Jones and Johnny Paycheck to Meatloaf. Stephen has released four CD’s. Which include “The Light Pink Album”, Human/Human”, “The Pinecliffe Tapes” and “The Desert Sessions CD and DVD”. “The Desert Sessions “, were picked up by PBS and has been airing 2010-2011 across the U.S. Stephen has a cabin in Nederland, a small mountain town high in the Rockies of Colorado. Here he also writes and records. Stephen has three screen plays in production and finishing up his first novel called “Venice Beach”. Stephen maintains a residence in Nashville where his main focus is but divides his time between the two performing, writing and recording.