Laney Smallwood

Born: Tuscaloosa, AL

Country Vocals

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

Laney Smallwood-Hicks is more than a double threat performer. Laney was a featured performer with the Charlie McCoy Show, she has done numerous radio and television commercials, and has acting credits in both the U.S. and England, not to mention her song writing prowess.Laney Smallwood-Hicks is more than a double threat performer. Laney was a featured performer with the Charlie McCoy Show, she has done numerous radio and television commercials, and has acting credits in both the U.S. and England, not to mention her song writing prowess.

Laney grew up with country music. "It's the only music we ever listened to, she says. "I never knew there was rock music until I was in high school."

Laney grew up with country music. "It's the only music we ever listened to, she says. "I never knew there was rock music until I was in high school."

Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was somewhat normal for Laney until age seven when she began her television career. For ten years, Laney sang on " The Lake Brothers Show" a locally produced television show (running in prime time). However, the lure of cheerleading caused Laney to put a halt to her television career.

Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was somewhat normal for Laney until age seven when she began her television career. For ten years, Laney sang on " The Lake Brothers Show" a locally produced television show (running in prime time). However, the lure of cheerleading caused Laney to put a halt to her television career.

Laney's dad was a professional musician/singer working on the Grand Ole Opry circuit with such artists as Lefty Frizzell and Roy Drusky. With that influence, country was the only form of music she ever knew. Like most performers, singing was a daily part of Laney's life. Soon, song writing became important as well. Friends who "knew somebody" in Nashville suggested that Laney send some of her songs to Music City. The result was a demo session in September 1977 at CBS Studios on Music Row.

Laney's dad was a professional musician/singer working on the Grand Ole Opry circuit with such artists as Lefty Frizzell and Roy Drusky. With that influence, country was the only form of music she ever knew. Like most performers, singing was a daily part of Laney's life. Soon, song writing became important as well. Friends who "knew somebody" in Nashville suggested that Laney send some of her songs to Music City. The result was a demo session in September 1977 at CBS Studios on Music Row.

Carmol Taylor, the person responsible for bringing Laney to Nashville, shopped the demo tape and when Fred Foster, president and founder of Monument Records, listened, he signed Laney immediately to the label. "The session at CBS Studio was some of the easiest singing I've ever done," says Laney, " because the music was so incredibly good; it made me want to sing".

Carmol Taylor, the person responsible for bringing Laney to Nashville, shopped the demo tape and when Fred Foster, president and founder of Monument Records, listened, he signed Laney immediately to the label. "The session at CBS Studio was some of the easiest singing I've ever done," says Laney, " because the music was so incredibly good; it made me want to sing".

Laney's first single for Monument, released in November 1977, was titled, "Undercover Man". In May of 1978, the label issued "That I Love You, You Love Me Too Love Song, followed by "Let's Fall In love Again" in November of 1978. Laney performed at the FICAP show in Nashville in the fall of 1977 (during Nashville's hectic Country Music Week) and was backed by the Charlie McCoy Band. Both Charlie and Laney took a mutual liking to each other's talent, and have been working together ever since.

Laney's first single for Monument, released in November 1977, was titled, "Undercover Man". In May of 1978, the label issued "That I Love You, You Love Me Too Love Song, followed by "Let's Fall In love Again" in November of 1978. Laney performed at the FICAP show in Nashville in the fall of 1977 (during Nashville's hectic Country Music Week) and was backed by the Charlie McCoy Band. Both Charlie and Laney took a mutual liking to each other's talent, and have been working together ever since.

Another mutual likeness took place within the band as Laney and steel player, Russ Hicks, married two years after meeting. Russ, a member of the Charlie McCoy Band for more than 15 years as well as a successful studio musician, was also a member of the legendary Nashville band, Barefoot Jerry.

Another mutual likeness took place within the band as Laney and steel player, Russ Hicks, married two years after meeting. Russ, a member of the Charlie McCoy Band for more than 15 years as well as a successful studio musician, was also a member of the legendary Nashville band, Barefoot Jerry.

In addition to Laney's television appearances with the Charlie McCoy Band on such shows as Hee Haw, Nashville Alive, and Nashville Palace, she also scored a major acting credit when she appeared in "A Tribute To Hank Williams", a docu-drama based on the life of the popular country music pioneer. In the show, Laney played Williams' first wife, Audrey. The show, produced in Nashville by Jim Owens Enterprises, aired nationally in 1980.

In addition to Laney's television appearances with the Charlie McCoy Band on such shows as Hee Haw, Nashville Alive, and Nashville Palace, she also scored a major acting credit when she appeared in "A Tribute To Hank Williams", a docu-drama based on the life of the popular country music pioneer. In the show, Laney played Williams' first wife, Audrey. The show, produced in Nashville by Jim Owens Enterprises, aired nationally in 1980.

A year before working on the Hank Williams drama, Laney performed a summer season in Blackpool, England with George Hamilton IV in a country music oriented show which won Laney rave reviews from both audiences and the press in England.

A year before working on the Hank Williams drama, Laney performed a summer season in Blackpool, England with George Hamilton IV in a country music oriented show which won Laney rave reviews from both audiences and the press in England.

One of the highlights of her life was the birth of her first child, Holly Beth, on March 5, 1982. Three years later another daughter, Lindsay Hope, was born. While Laney's career has maintained an active status, her first priority without apology or question has been to fully enjoy and experience "the overwhelming joy of being someone's Mother".

One of the highlights of her life was the birth of her first child, Holly Beth, on March 5, 1982. Three years later another daughter, Lindsay Hope, was born. While Laney's career has maintained an active status, her first priority without apology or question has been to fully enjoy and experience "the overwhelming joy of being someone's Mother".

Currently, Laney is recording again, having recently released a CD entitled, The Last Letter, which contains songs among her personal favorites, and two which she wrote, "The Cowboy Song, " and " Little Girls Need Daddies". Her husband, Russ Hicks, produced and played steel and lead guitars on the project.

Currently, Laney is recording again, having recently released a CD entitled, The Last Letter, which contains songs among her personal favorites, and two which she wrote, "The Cowboy Song, " and " Little Girls Need Daddies". Her husband, Russ Hicks, produced and played steel and lead guitars on the project.

"We are working right now on a new gospel CD that I am going to be especially proud of. Both of our daughters will be singing a song each. How about that?"

"We are working right now on a new gospel CD that I am going to be especially proud of. Both of our daughters will be singing a song each. How about that?"

"Russ and I are doing a lot of traveling together again, making music that we love with our heart and soul. It's so much fun. I feel such a kinship with real "music makers" and with "those who really love real music."

"Russ and I are doing a lot of traveling together again, making music that we love with our heart and soul. It's so much fun. I feel such a kinship with real "music makers" and with "those who really love real music."

From her beginnings on a Tuscaloosa television station to the National prominence of the Charlie McCoy Band as well as her acting, Laney Smallwood-Hicks is one of the few women in country music to follow in her father's footsteps. And we're all glad she did.

From her beginnings on a Tuscaloosa television station to the National prominence of the Charlie McCoy Band as well as her acting, Laney Smallwood-Hicks is one of the few women in country music to follow in her father's footsteps. And we're all glad she did.

© 2005, RussHicks Music© 2005, RussHicks Music

Source: LP Discography: Laney Hicks - Biography

Interview: Russ & Laney Hicks Interview

More info: Charlie McCoy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Video: YouTube - ‪Laney Hicks - Heart Over Mind

Video: YouTube - ‪Heart Over Mind - Laney Hicks Live‬‏

 

Discography: LP Discography: Laney Hicks - Discography

Listen: Amazon.com: LANEY SMALLWOOD/ RONNIE SESSIONS- country music time radio show USAF 603/604 (LP vinyl record): LANEY SMALLWOOD/ RONNIE SESSIONS: Music

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