Chalmers Davis

Country, Rock, R&B Keyboards Decoys, Little Richard

Born: Muscle Shoals, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Chalmers Davis, a native of Jackson, Ms. started playing the piano at the age of 5. By age 14 he started playing in various bands that led to him being in Mariah and Natural High. He gained studio experience by joining the North American Recording Studio Rhythm Section formed in Jackson and also recording at Malaco Records. In 1979 this rhythm section got an opportunity to become Fame Recording Studio’s new rhythm section in Muscle Shoals, Al. owned by the legendary Rick Hall. In 1980 he continued his education at the University of North Alabama where he graduated magna cum laude in Commercial Music, Business, and Photography in 1982. During this time he also furthered his recording experiences in other studios in Muscle Shoals and Nashville where he played on hundreds of albums and top-ten singles.

Some of the artists he has recorded or played with include: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Janie Fricke, Marie Osmond, The Osmond Bros., Mac Davis, Jerry Reed, T.G. Sheppard, Lacy J. Dalton, Charlie McClain, Wayne Massey, Marty Stuart, David Alan Coe, Dobie Gray, Clarence Carter, Bill Anderson, Dickie Betts, Mac McAnnally, Bobby Whitlock, Ronnie Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Paycheck, Emmylou Harris, Hank Ballard, Bill Haley, Aretha Franklin, Billy Preston, Mark Gray, Exile, Butch Trucks, Greg Allman, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, June Carter Cash, Chuck Leavell, Shenandoah, Johnny Sandlin, White Buffalo, Jupiter Coyote, Forrester Sisters, The Decoys, Tommy Talton, Scott Boyer, Tommy Tate, Vasti Jackson, Larry Gatlin, The Gatlin Bros., Patrice Moncell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bobby Rush, Mel Waiters, Eddie Cotton, Floyd Taylor, The Nightingales, Jimmy Henderson, Derrick Martin, John Patrick, Wayne Ammons, Artie White, and Little Milton. In 1984 he was one of the founding members of the critically acclaimed group known as “The Shooters” that recorded 2 CD’s for CBS/EPIC record label.

You have heard him play on soundtracks: “White Nights”, “I Go Pogo”, “Take This Job And Shove It”, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” You have seen him play on: The Jay Leno Show, David Letterman Show, American Music Awards, Magic Johnson Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Kennedy Center Honors, Nashville Now Show, The Today Show, Crook and Chase Show, RuPaul Show, Ralph Emory Show, Jerry Lewis Telethon, President Clinton’s Inauguration, Jenny Jones, Johnny Cash Christmas Special, and the HBO Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Dedication.

Chalmers’ musical travels have taken him through all 50 U.S. states and to France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico.

For the past 19 years he has been recording and touring with Little Richard, the architect and originator of rock and roll.

He owns Chazmosis Music Publishing and Windy Ridge Music that houses his studio where he records and teaches.




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