Milsap is scheduled to perform at 7pm Dec. 8 at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square. Tickets priced at $25-$86 are on sale at thesharon.com and all Villages box offices. A pre-show Meet & Greet add-on to tickets costs $50 and benefits Lake Cares, an independent community food pantry based in Mount Dora.
Milsap has scored 40 No. 1 hits and sold more than 35 million albums, and at 75, he continues to tour the country and play his music for all generations, according to thesharon.com. The singer’s recent albums include “Summer #17,” an homage to the music that inspired him released in 2014, and “Gospel Greats,” released in 2016.
Of course, Milsap has a long history in the music business. He played his first professional gigs in the early 1960s as a member of J.J. Cale’s band. In 1965, his first single as a solo artist, “Total Disaster,” garnered local success around Atlanta. He shared concert stages with James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles, and as a session musician in Memphis, he played keyboards on Elvis Presley’s “Kentucky Rain” and sang backing vocals on “Don’t Cry Daddy.”
In 1970, Milsap found success on the pop charts with “Loving You Is a Natural Thing,” and he released his debut album in 1971. A couple of years later, he released his first country single, the Top 10 song “I Hate You.” In 1974, Milsap scored two No. 1s, “Pure Love” and “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” which won his first Grammy. Another No. 1 followed the next year with “Daydreams About Night Things,” followed by a string of No. 1 hits, including “(I’m a) Stand By My Woman Man,” “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life,” and “It Was Almost Like a Song.” Milsap was named Billboard’s Artist of the Year, in any genre, in 1976, and did not leave the Top 10 for 16 years, the website states.