Join J.D. Davis, author of Unconquered, as he virtually tours the blogosphere on May 1 during his one day blog blitz with Pump Up Your Book and win a FREE KINDLE! Be sure to check out his blog stops below to gain more entries and good luck!
The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and MickeyGilley
In 1935 and early 1936, threecousins were born into tight-knit families in Ferriday, Louisiana. Rare pianotalent, strong parental relationships, the Pentecostal church, family struggle,and a variety of musical influences worked together to produce men whochanged twentieth-century music and culture. The individual stories of thesethree cousins illustrate their varied paths from small-town America to a worldstage. Woven together, the collective story becomes even more compelling andamazing.
UNCONQUERED is a story so unlikely that it wouldnot be believable if written as fiction. It tells of rock ‘n’ roll legend JerryLee Lewis, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and country music star Mickey Gilley.These very different men, raised in the same time and place, with similartalents, were fated for entirely different destinies even as their lives wouldalways be profoundly intertwined. Born into poverty, each man, in his own way,would become an iconic figure blessed with the ability to thrill and inspire.
The story’s touchstones ofmusic, perseverance, and faith could wield such force only in the AmericanSouth. There, in the Louisiana lowlands’ Concordia Parish, their story began inthe midst of the Great Depression.
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J.D. Davis was raised in Quitman,Texas, a quiet community in the northeast part of the state. Having grown up ina small town in the rural South—similar in many ways to the cousins’hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana—with many similar influences as thecousins, he has meaningful insight into these three men.
Davis attended the University ofTexas on a full academic scholarship, received a B.A. with highest honors ineconomics, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He later received a master’s degreefrom SMU.
As a successful businessman,Davis achieved the highest credentials as an actuary and became a principal ina large firm while still in his twenties. He currently manages an employeebenefits consulting practice that covers the southern region of the UnitedStates, with offices in four cities.
Davis remembers his fatherwatching Jimmy Swaggart on television and being intrigued by the evangelist’smagnificent piano talent. As a teenager, Davis became a huge fan of Jerry LeeLewis. He first attended one of Lewis’s live performances as a college studentand was awe-struck to see this man put on a breathtaking performance. Davisgrew up listening to country music of the seventies and eighties, when MickeyGilley was consistently producing number one country hits. He became fascinatedby the ways these three very different cousins achieved and dealt with eventualsuccess and has been a dedicated fan for years.
Davis has worked with a talentedteam of many. His editors included Elizabeth Kaye, an award winning journalistwho has often written about southern music and southern preachers. As acontributing editor to RollingStone, sheinterviewed Sam Phillips and gathered firsthand experience of Jerry Lee Lewiswhen covering sessions at which he played with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, andRoy Orbison. As a contributing editor to John Kennedy’s George magazine, Kaye wroteextensively about Billy Graham and his son Franklin, traveled on severalmissionary trips with Franklin, and worked with ABC’s 20/20 to produce and write a major BillyGraham profile.
You can visit his website at http://www.unconqueredthebook.com.
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Visit his Twitter page at https://twitter.com/Unconqueredbook
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