Sat, Oct. 12
Ronnie Milsap was born in North Carolina in 1945 with a congenital disorder that left him almost completely blind from birth. At the age of five, his grandparents gave the him over to the North Carolina State School for the Blind, hoping it would give the boy a better chance at life. It was there that Milsap discovered music – deviating from the school’s classical curriculum to explore the realms of gospel, blues, rock & roll, and jazz.
By the time he finished high school, Milsap was regularly playing gigs in the Atlanta area. He signed his first record deal in 1965 and moved to Memphis where he continued playing shows as well as working as a session artist, recording his own work, and performing with other musicians. In 1972 he moved to Nashville his career took off. Since then he’s had forty #1 songs, six Grammys, CMA Entertainer of the Year and four Album of the Year Awards. He enjoyed crossover success, becoming one of the biggest pop artists of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
Always chasing the music, always hungry for the songs, he is now an inspiration for a new generation of country stars. He’s the same guy today, but all these years later, he’s still a man who lives to play. Milsap’s hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight”, “Stranger in my House”, and an ode to the area from where he hails “Smokey Mountain Range” among others.