Ronnie Milsap ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation. Over the course of his career, Milsap has compiled 40 number-one Country hits. His sales have earned him eight gold albums, and his Greatest Hits release made him one of the first artists in any genre to obtain double-platinum status. Steeped in the mountain music of the North Carolina hills and schooled in classical piano, Milsap’s early in life found inspiration in a wide variety of music. Even as he mastered Beethoven and Mozart, his heart belonged to hardcore country and rhythm-and-blues — music he heard beamed from powerful radio stations located in Nashville. Those earthy sounds about life and love provided a young, impoverished blind boy with a connection to a world beyond the harsh reality of his daily existence.