By Brenda Tollett
Clancy Davis recently took his talent as a singer to a new level.
The 2010 graduate of Vanoss High School is well-known for his generosity as a performer at fund-raising benefits. However, in recent months he was asked by Oklahoma City Chevy team to write and sing a jingle for a television advertising commercial.
“I said ‘you bet,’” Davis said. He and his band manager, Jody Teeter, sat down and came up with “My Chevy Truck and Me.” In July, Davis recorded the song at Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Studio in Nashville, Tenn.
“It was neat to be sitting watching Good Morning America and your commercial comes on,” Davis said.
Although the jingle in the commercial is only a portion of the original song created by Davis and Teeter, Davis said he gets a thrill when people recognize the song. “It is neat to be singing at a show and then when I start to sing “My Chevy Truck and Me” everyone starts clapping,” Davis said.
Davis has also been a regular vocalist at Country Roads, a fund-raising benefit for 22nd Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA.) The annual event takes place Saturday night at Ada Elks Lodge. Dinner and silent auction is from 5:30-7 p.m. and a live auction begins at 7. A concert, featuring Davis, Snowy River Band, Amber Henderson, Darla Sadler, Darla Morgan and Tara Scott kicks off at 8 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at the CASA office, 514 E. 10th Street, or phone (580) 332-1441.
Items offered for auction this year at Country Roads include two children’s guitars signed by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, a juke box filled with compact disks donated by Blake Shelton, a hand-crafted rocking motorcycle, art, sculpture and theme baskets. A drawing will take place to determine the winner of a child’s playhouse. Tickets for an opportunity to win the playhouse are $10 each and can be purchased at CASA.
Davis began singing in church when he was only 4 years old. “My grandma (Betty Newby) offered to pay me $20 to sing in church,” Davis said. “I then told my mother I would sing for free if she would give me a baby brother. She told me ‘You just keep singing to Mama.’ I took the $20 from Grandma.”
He hasn’t stopped singing since. By the time he was 12, Davis had opened shows for county singer Blake Shelton and Lori Morgan. “As long as I can keep doing it I will,” Davis said.
The Clancy Davis Fan club has grown to more than 400 members since it was started in 2005 by Cheryl Melton and Ann Mullins. “They (Melton and Mullins) have been so good to me,” Davis said.
“When Mother passed away it made me much more aware of how important families are,” Davis said. “Thankfully I had my mama for 16 years.”
Davis said he has a big heart for children. “Little children are special and should be taken care of,” he said.
According to Gwen Gjovig, executive director of CASA, said the local CASA typically serves 60 children per year. However, there are 150 children in the system needing assistance.
Funding plays an important role in determining how many children receive the help they need.
“We can’t serve them all because of funding,” said Gjovig. “Our goal is to have CASA on every case.”
CASA is assigned cases by Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore. “CASA volunteers fulfill the important role of helping families heal and children succeed. I am fortunate to have such good eyes and ears reaching out into the community enabling the court to significantly touch a child’s life,” Kilgore said.