Mac Davis Wiki – Mac Davis Biography
Mac Davis was an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He released 19 albums over 25 years, beginning with 1970’s Song Painter and ending with 1994’s Will Write Songs For Food. His songwriting work was recorded by dozens of artists, including Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard and more.
He was an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the BMI Icon Award.
Davis was born in Texas on Jan. 21, 1942. At 16, upon graduating from high school, Davis left Lubbock to join his mother, Edith, in Atlanta. It was there, around the age of 20, that Davis began performing in bands and writing songs while working as a “promotions man” for record labels, trying to secure radio play for their releases. His work in that capacity for Liberty Records eventually landed him in Los Angeles and in the orbit of Nancy Sinatra, who then hired him to write songs for her and her company.
After writing for Sinatra and the pop community around her, Davis’ songs drew the attention of Elvis Presley, who was enjoying a comeback. The combination yielded several hits, including “In the Ghetto,” “Memories” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.” (Presley’s first recording of a Davis song, “A Little Less Conversation” from 1968 and co-written with arranger and producer Billy Strange, wasn’t an immediate success but went on to reach No. 1 in the UK in a remix by Junkie XL.) Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Bobby Goldsboro, and Kenny Rogers and The First Edition all subsequently had success with Davis-penned works.
Through the ’70s, Davis began developing his own career as a recording artist, scoring a Grammy nomination for his 1972 chart-topper “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me.” By the middle of the decade, Davis was a ubiquitous quantity in American popular life, hosting his own variety show (like Sonny & Cher, Johnny Cash and many others); by its close, he had begun appearing in films, too.
Davis’ songwriting career peaked in the ’70s, but his personal recording career reached its apex in the ’80s, on the strength of such hits as “It’s Hard To Be Humble” (cited by Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna in the song “Loyalty”) and “Texas In My Rearview Mirror.”
Mac Davis Age
Mac Davis was born on January 21, 1942, in Lubbock, Texas, United States. He died on September 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 78.
Mac Davis Wife – Mac Davis Spouse
Mac Davis was married three times. He was married to his first wife Fran Cook from 1963 until their divorce in 1968. They had a son, Joel Scott. He married his second wife Sarah Barg in 1971. The marriage ended in divorce in 1976. He was married to his third wife Lise Kristen Gerard from 1982 until his death on September 29, 2020. Mac Davis and Lise Kristen Gerard had two children, Noah Claire and Cody Luke.
Mac Davis had three children; Joel Scott, Noah Claire, and Cody Luke.
Mac Davis was the son of Edith Irene (Lankford) and T. J. Davis, a builder.
Mac Davis Death
Mac Davis died on September 29, 2020, at the age of 78, in Nashville following heart surgery. His manager, Jim Morey, confirmed his death in a statement on Facebook. Morey wrote: “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Mac Davis. He was surrounded by the love of his life and wife of 38 years, Lise, and his sons Scott, Noah, and Cody. Mac has been my client for over 40 years, and more importantly.. my best friend. He was a music legend but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.”
Reba McEntire said in a statement: “Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent. He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind. I’m so blessed to have been one of his many friends.”
BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neil said, “He was the songwriter behind some of the most iconic and timeless songs that transcend genres and generations and was named a BMI Icon in 2015. Beyond his extraordinary talent, Mac was a dedicated friend and advocate for songwriters everywhere.”
Country star Kenny Chesney said: “A small-town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man. That was Mac: a giant heart, quick to laugh, and a bigger creative spirit. I was blessed to have it shine on me. And Mac, who was joyous, funny and created a family around him, never stopped writing great songs, creating music and inspiring everyone around him.”
Sarah Trahern, CEO of CMA said in a statement: “Today our country community lost an amazing entertainer, songwriter and artist. I remember watching Mac’s TV show as a kid as well as his three years co-hosting the CMA Awards with Barbara Mandrell, which proved his command of the TV medium as well as the music.”
Cause of Death
Mac Davis’ cause of death was complications of his recent heart surgery.
Mac Davis’ net worth is estimated to be $12 million.