Grand Ole Opry Member
-- since 1976
Too restless and innovative to rest on his laurels as one of the great
country music entertainers of all time, Ronnie Milsap continues to
One of the most versatile and talented performers in country music,
Milsap's trademark country-soul voice has earned him 40 #1 hits, six
Grammy Awards and the industry's highest recognition the coveted CMA
Entertainer of the Year. He is a classically trained pianist who has mastered
such instruments as guitar, violin, clarinet and cello. He has been one of the few country
performers to venture beyond the parameters of country music and find mass success in the
His smooth voice has been a mainstay on both pop and country radio for
three decades with such hits as "Day Dreams About Night
(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "I Wouldn't Have Missed
It For The World," "Smoky Mountain Rain" and
"Any Day Now." His live shows, known for their
spontaneity and diversity, are among the most popular in country today.
"I'm looking for the music that would say what I'm trying to do
right now," says Milsap. "I've got to be honest, I'm not exactly sure what that
"I hope basically to rediscover my own identity," he says.
"There's a blessing and a curse of being able to do everything. I grew up in the
Smoky Mountains and have a background in country, bluegrass and gospel, and then I went to
school and studied classical music for 10 years. I played jazz and R&B gigs and was an
R&B singer early on. All of that makes it hard to figure out and redefine what your
Born with congenital cataracts that left him blind, Milsap was raised by
his paternal grandparents in Robbinsville, NC. His first musical exposure was to the
gospel music played at revival tent meetings and the bluegrass sounds coming from local
He began his professional career in 1965 with Scepter Records, an
R&B label, and hit the Top 5 with "Never Had It So Good."
He then moved to Memphis and played in numerous sessions and concerts, backing such
acts as J.J. Cale, Petula Clark and
Warwick. A highlight of this era was Milsap's
unforgettable keyboard work on Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain."
He moved to Nashville in 1972 and his career skyrocketed six months
later when he signed with RCA Records. He celebrated his first No. 1, "Pure
Love" one year later. That was followed by 39 other chart-toppers celebrated
from the seventies until the nineties, including "Daydreams About Night
Things," the million-selling "It Was Almost Like A Song"
and "What A Difference You've Made In My Life."
Milsap is a three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year
winner, and a four-time CMA Album of the Year recipient. The Academy of
Country Music named him Best Male Vocalist in 1983 and he won Song of the
Year in 1986 for "Lost In The Fifties Tonight."
He is the recipient of the only gold Braille album ever awarded.
Awards include --
- Grammy Best Country Vocal Performance, Duet 1987
- CMA Album of the Year 1986
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1986
- Academy of Country Music Song of the Year 1985
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1985
- Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist 1982
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1981
- CMA Album of the Year 1978
- CMA Album of the Year 1977
- CMA Entertainer of the Year 1977
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1977
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1976
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1976
- CMA Album of the Year 1975
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1974
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1974
Hit songs include --
- (I'd Be) A Legend in My Time
- (I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man
- (There's) No Gettin' over Me
- Am I Losing You
- Any Day Now
- Carolina Dreams
- Cowboys And Clowns
- Daydreams About Night Things
- Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
- Don't You Know How Much I Love You
- Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
- He Got You
- How Do I Turn You On
- I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World
- In Love
Ronnie Milsap may be available for your next special event!
.Orchestra charts available.
..60s, ..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Born: ..in North Carolina
Jan 16, 1944