ADA – Clancy Davis, a young entertainer who is steadily gathering a following of his own, will open for Joe Nichols at the Red White and Blue Music Fest Saturday, June 30, at Kerr Center on the campus of East Central University in Ada.

The Music Fest, sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation, begins at 4 p.m. and includes more than five hours of live music, featuring Nichols, Davis, Jessica Matos and many others. A fireworks show follows the concert at dusk, west of Ada at the corner of East Main and Latta Road.

Davis, who recently turned 16, has been singing since he was a young child and has opened for several nationally known entertainers -- including his older cousin Blake Shelton, a graduate of Ada High School.

“Clancy relates to all ages,” says Cheryl Melton, superintendent of Vanoss Public Schools, where Davis is a sophomore. “Wherever he sings, he has a big following. He even has a fan club with more than 150 members and a Website on the Internet at www.clancydavis.com. Clancy Davis is a rising star.”

Vanoss School hosted Clancy’s first solo concert in October 2005 to a sell-out crowd of more than 750 people.

“Music is his passion, but he is also an honor roll student and actively participates in 4-H, where he shows livestock. He is the All-American Young Boy,” Melton says.

When he was five years old, Davis tried unsuccessfully to negotiate for a baby brother.

“We sang in the car a lot and granny decided I should start singing in church. She said she would give me $20 if I would sing a song by myself. I thought about it for awhile and decided to sing if my mom would have me a baby brother,” Davis said.

“You just keep singing to me,” his mom responded. “So, Sunday morning I sang ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ and got the $20. I still don’t have a brother.”

Later Davis began singing in teen talent competition at church, school and in 4-H.

As a youngster, Davis began taking voice lessons from Jae L. Stilwell, manager of The McSwain Musical Theater. Stilwell featured Clancy and her other students at Christmas and New Year’s shows before the McSwain closed for extensive remodeling.

Davis actually got to meet his favorite singer George Jones in December 2006 at a concert in Durant. “It was the first time I was ever speechless,” Davis said.

Riley and Beverly Young, Ada, took Davis to the concert and arranged for him to Meet Jones and present him a CD with Davis singing some of his favorite George Jones songs.

When asked for other musical influences, Davis mentioned Merle Haggard, saying “A lot of the older guys, mixed in with a few of the new guys.”

In 2003, Davis made his first appearance at the Oklahoma Opry in Oklahoma City.

“I tried out on Friday for a spot on the Oklahoma Opry and was supposed to be contacted in about two weeks to let me know if I made it,” Davis said. “Well, Opry owner Grant Leftwich called me about 20 minutes later and asked me to come back and sing the next night on Saturday.”

Leftwitch later started the Rodeo Opry, now known as Grant’s Centennial Rodeo Opry, and Davis has sung there several times and emceed the show a couple of times.

An early break for Davis came when he won a talent contest at the Sand Bass Festival in Madill. Part of his reward was the opportunity to open for his cousin Blake Shelton.

The next year Davis won a contest in Tishomingo and opened for Lorie Morgan.

He has opened for Mel McDaniel at the Elks Club in Ada and recently won 2007 Entertainer of the Year in the Main Street Showcase in Denison, Texas.

Davis has done a lot of fund-raisers in this area for fire departments, schools, churches, cemeteries and other organizations. He has performed at the Ada Main Street June Bug Bash and the first Raindance concert fundraiser in Ada, headlined by Blake Shelton.

“I want to do this for a career,” said Davis. “It’s just a dream I have. Maybe one of these days Blake Shelton will be opening for me.”

When Davis graduates from high school, he wants to move to Nashville, Tenn. And pursue a career in country music.

“Everybody tells me if music don’t work, I’ll just be a politician. But the music’s going to work. I want to be as big as Garth Brooks, or somebody like that.”

Rudy Q. Jones, a friend of Davis’s grandfather, will fly in From Bristol, Fla., to perform free at a country music show July 3 at Mead where Davis is the headliner. Jones, who builds dobros, is an excellent musician.

Davis is the son of Shirley and Danny Davis of Ada. His sister, Karisa, 21, recently won the Radio Idol competition on 105.5 in Ada.

His grandparents are Betty and Dearl Newby Ada, Shirley Sandmann of Tribbey and Sam Estes of Latta.  

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