Ronnie Milsap was born on January 16, 1943, in Robbinsville, North Carolina. Milsap’s debut record was released by Warner Brothers in 1971. During his career, he is had 40 number one country hits, won six Grammys and eight Country Music Association Awards.
Blind since birth, Milsap spent his early childhood within an impoverished farming community.
Milsap continued his schooling at Young-Harris Junior College in Atlanta, where he studied political science. After his graduation, he was offered a scholarship to Emory University, but rather chose to pursue a specialist career in music. In 1964, in the age of 20, Milsap released his first single, “Total Disaster.” The next year, he relocated to Memphis, where he fronted his own rhythm and blues band. In 1970, they recorded the pop single “Loving You is a Natural Thing.” The next year, Milsap released his eponymous debut album for the Warner Bros. record label.
A slew of hit singles followed, including “I Hate You” (1973), “Pure Love,” and “Please Do Not Tell Me How the Story Ends” (both 1974). For the latter single, Milsap was given a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Moreover, the Country Music Association named Milsap male vocalist of the year in 1974, 1976, and 1977.
He guaranteed the exact same success using the tunes “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” (1981) and “Any Day Now” (1982). The next year, he shared a Best Country Vocal Performance Duet Grammy with Kenny Rogers for their cooperation on the single “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine.”
In 1990, Milsap released an autobiography, Almost Just Like a Song, which chronicled his rise from poverty stricken beginnings to country music star. He collaborated with country rock experts Alabama to record the 1997 holiday album Christmas in Dixie. Most recently, Milsap released the record Then Sings My Soul (2009).
To date, Milsap boasts 40 No.1 country hits, six Grammy Awards, and eight Country Music Association Awards.