By Susan Johnson
Gary Mullis, a resident of DeKalb, Illinois, who plays country music, and his friend, the late Skeeter Davis, were depicted in a realistic sketch by an unknown artist. Davis, a Grand Ole Opry star, passed away recently from cancer, and as Mullis recalls, “went to be with her Lord and Savior.” In the sketch Mullis holds a platinum record for a 2014 Songwriters’ Contest, which he won in May 2014. Mullis has two hit songs in a music video. Both Mullis and Davis were inducted into the VIP Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum May 31 in Lexington, Ala.
The museum has devoted a room to the memory of Skeeter Davis, which contains some of her furniture, stage costumes, photos and personal belongings from her home in Brentwood, Tenn.
Also in the museum, Mullis has a glass showcase of his platinum and gold records. He has a guitar signed by Charlie Daniels and band members, plus a mandolin signed by the Kentucky Head Hunters, which he won in the Songwriters’ Contest over six years time.
Mullis has also won First Place Sponsorship, Songwriter of the Decade, a large platinum record, and a free recording session to record his three songs for 2014. Each of his three songs won first place in the Songwriters’ Contest. They are: “Wedding Day” (a wedding song); “Pretty Angels” (a Christian song); and “Rolling Down the Road” (truck driver’s song).
Mullis was featured in the filming of a music video June 9-10, in Lexington, Ala. He wore a red Santa Claus cap and a red outfit with the word “Alabama” on it. He danced the Christmas Boogie to one of his own songs. Kimberley Glover of Lexington sang Mullis’ song, “Doing the Christmas Boogie.” This video will be featured on many TV stations and YouTube in December 2015.
Sept. 12, 2012, Mullis had a No. 1 hit song, “You Are My Lord and Savior,” on the Australian Indie Radio Charts. May 13, 2013, he had a No. 6 hit song, “A Time to Cry” (blues). Kimberley Glover sings two of Mullis’ hit songs on her CDs.
Mullis is writing a book, Gary Mullis: Growing Up on Farm Country Music and Singing. You can find Mullis on YouTube and Facebook. Sign up to be his friend.
From the Sept. 3-9, 2014, issue