Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Country Bites News snippets April 14 - April 20, 2014

Country Bites News snippets April 14 – April 20, 2014

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UK & IRISH News

Listen back to Ags Connolly's Country Outlaws: Oxfordshire singer/songwriter Ags Connolly salutes his country heroes - BBC Radio Oxford Page
"Nashville today is crazy..it has become ridiculously over the top now, you've got acts that are completely unrecognisable from any sort of Pop music, it's exactly the same as Pop music even though it markets itself as country. There are some acts who are desperate to get away from that and stand alone and say I'm doing my own thing, I'm not part of that crowd" said Ags

Lisa Redford joined Bob Harris (OBE) in a "Under The Apple Tree" chat and performed two bonus songs, 'Another Place And Time' and a special cover of Ryan Adams' 'Where The Stars Go Blue' . >> Watch it here YouTube

2Country.net are presenting an “In The Round” with US artist James House plus #C2C2014 London pop-up artists Gary Quinn and The Shires plus Luke Thomas & Melanie Greggain
It will take place at The Troubadour in London on 21st July 2014 - See Event Detail


Due to huge demand Striking Matches have confirmed a second date at The Borderline, London Tues, 24 June 2014, visit gigsandtours.com for details.

** UDATED ** * UK Tour Page  
The ABC of British Country Music Live listings for Artists, Bands & Clubs

Ward Thomas, twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward-Thomas remained on the “B” BBC Radio 2 Playlist for a fourth week commencing April 19, 2014 with their new single “The Good And The Right” (>> Official Video) taken from their "Footnotes" EP which was released on iTunes & Amazon on April 6, 2014. The EP currently resides at No.22 and the single “The Good and the Right” (Radio Edit) at No.94 on the respective UK iTunes Top 1500 charts. The EP is ranked #218 on Amazon UK all genre MP3 Albums.


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"Ward Thomas and The Good and the Right" - Alex Lester (April 14) BBC Playlist Page
"That's Ward Thomas from Hampshire" - Janice Long (April 15) BBC Playlist Page
"It's 8:41 here's Ward Thomas, Oh I love a hoe-down, Ward Thomas The Good and the Right and apparently they're girls and twins, they sound amazing" - Zoe Ball (April 15) BBC Playlist Page
"The Good and the Right, Ward Thomas, sounds like an old actor from the 40's" - Steve Wright (April 15) BBC Playlist Page
"Ward Thomas, The Good and the Right" - Vanessa Feltz (April 16) BBC Playlist Page
"This is Ward Thomas and The Good And The Right" - Alex Lester (April 17) BBC Playlist Page
"Here's Ward Thomas on Radio 2"..."Thoroughly enjoying Ward Thomas" - Zoe Ball (April 17) BBC Playlist Page
Playing "Footnotes (Happy Ending)"-  "Country music from Hampshire...great to know that there's home grown talent pumping this great music at us" - Bob Harris (April 17) BBC Playlist Page

UK CHART NEWS

Official UK Top 100 Album Chart (Week Ending April 26, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) falls 6-9 with sales of  7,292 copies (Last week’s sales were 10,374 sales; 3-week total 37,013) in its third week at retail.
Emmylou Harris with the re-release of WRECKING BALL (Nonesuch) debuts at No.100 (sales less than 980; these days less than 2000 copies can net you a Top 40 UK album.) Shunned at the time by mainstream country radio and industry this has been a classic since its release in 1995. This expands it into a three-disc collection: the re-mastered original album, a bonus disc of previously unreleased bonus tracks from Harris.

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending April 26, 2014)
Johnny Cash with OUT AMONG THE STARS (Columbia) stays at No.1 for a third week
Emmylou Harris with the re-mastered expanded update of WRECKING BALL jumped up 11 places 13-2
Rodney Crowell with TARPAPER SKY (New West) debuts at No.3 and Marc Ford’s HOLY GHOST lands at No.4
Martina McBride with EVERLASTING (Vinyl Recordings) falls 2-6 in her second week.
Derek Ryan with THE ENTERTAINER LIVE (Sharpe Music) blew in at No.15

On the Hotdisc Chart (April 20, 2014 Chart)  
Jamie O'Neal (making her debut on Hotdisc) moved 2-1 with her cover of the Juice Newton hit "The Sweetest Thing" to top the Hotdisc Top 40.
Ray Scott with his witty "Gotta Quit Drinkin'" climbed 4-2 with Billy Yates hot on its heels with his self penned “As I Kiss My World Goodbye” which made a 5-3 stride.
Last weeks No.1 Bertie Higgins’ "Just Another Day In Paradise" fell 1-4.

The Hayley Oliver Band with “Bright Side Of Life” climbed 6-5 to hold onto the No1 on the British and Irish Hotdisc chart listings for a second week.
Former 2-week chart topper M Callahan with “Chicken On A Chain” slipped by 3-6.
Jeff Griffith with “She’s All I Ever Drink About” stayed at No.7, D K Davis with “Waitin’ On The Weekend” edged up 9-8.
British artist Gary Curtis entered the Top tier with “Crazy Love” as it jumped 11-9.
Advancing up the Top 40 chart and rounding out the Top 10 was Ireland’s Philomena Begley & Ray Lynam’s duet “The Fire Of Two Old Flames” (12-10)
Also moving north on the top 40 were David Starr with “Underneath The Clear Blue Skies” (15-11), Markus Fox (16-12) with “I’m Still Coming Home” (written by Mike Lane and Joe Lickteig), Canada’s Domino with “All We Need Tonight” (18-14) , Moore & Moore with “Show Me Your Country” (co-written with Randal Reed) climbed six rungs 23-17 and fellow US act Joe Allen with “Can’t Take These Things” (written by Brian P Banks) also entered the top 20 with a 24-19 leap.

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(22 April 2014) Rachele Lynae - Rachele Lynae (Momentum Label Group)
12 Tracks/ Time: 41:45 MP3 - UK iTunes - Smart Choice Music - Amazon.com 

(28 April 2014) David Pack - Napa Crossroads (Concord)
CD - MP3 'Napa Crossroads' is the brainchild of Grammy award winning, multi-instrumentalist David Pack. It was David's passion for wine that led to this collaboration with five prestigious Napa Valley wineries - Far Niente, Silver Oak, Gargiulo Vinyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards and Casa Piena. Each winery collaborated musically or lyrically on two tracks, with David and guest musicians bringing the total to 14 original compositions - Press Release

(22 April 2014) Keb' Mo' - Bluesamericana (Kind of Blue Music)
10 Tracks/ Time: 38:05 CD - MP3 - Smart Choice Music

AUSSIE NEWS
  • Christie Lamb's "All She Wrote" stays at No1 on the National Country Tracks Top 30 for a second week. Former No.1 Doug Bruce with "Clock Out At Five" holds at #2 and Sara Storer's "Come On Rain" moves 4-3.
CANADIAN NEWS
  • Codie Prevost received awards for "Entertainer of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year" giving him both titles for six years running and was also honoured with the 2014 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Achievement Award.
  • One More Girl has a new single "Drunk Heart" at country radio - eblast
NEWS
  • Snapshot Country Aircheck's Insider Artist News - April 18, 2014 - April 22, 2014
  • Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility, according to PEOPLE Country. The singer, who has been living with Alzheimer’s for three years, was relocated to the facility just last week.
  • Rachel Potter the Nashville based country artist/ actress/ X Factor USA 2013 contestant has partnered with PledgeMusic to make a new album, “Not So Black and White.
  • NY Times: Losing A Few Hay Bales, Country Music Goes Mainstream: Cumulus announced the debut of the NASH Campus, the nation’s first multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the Country music lifestyle, including radio programming, TV/videos, magazines and events. The NASH campus includes
    three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space. Read More/ Photos at rbr.com  
Taylor Swift was the first artist to visit the new Nash campus in Nashville. She joined America’s Morning Show hosts Chuck Wicks, Terri Clark, and Blair Garner. Cumulus wants Nash to encompass not only radio but also television, print and online media, and even licensed merchandise like kitchenware and cars. At the Nash headquarters in downtown Nashville, normally drab radio studios have been remade to look like warmly lit television production sets, with high-definition cameras capturing video in preparation for a time when the shows will also be transmitted in multiple formats online. Country Weekly magazine will be re-branded Nash as part of Cumulus Media’s expansion of its country-themed radio brand following a deal with Country Weekly’s publisher, American Media Inc.
AWARDS

  • The Academy of Country Music’s ambitious 50th-anniversary awards celebration is already looking like a major blowout. The April 19, 2015 awards ceremony at the Dallas Cowboys’ home, AT&T Stadium, and the April 17-18 Party for a Cause at the Texas Rangers’ field, Globe Life Park, sold out in a scant 18 minutes. And that’s without announcing talent —returning co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan are the only names thus far affiliated with the dates.
  • The morning of April 22nd in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Rotunda, the CMA announced the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The late, great songwriter Hank Cochran, who died in 2010, will be posthumously inducted in the Songwriter category. Mac Wiseman will be inducted in the Veteran Era category, and Ronnie Milsap in the Modern Era category
TV
Kacey Musgraves with
Katy Perry  CLICK to ENLAGE
  • First lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler will guest star on the May 7 episode of ABC's Nashville as lead character, Rayna Jaymes, organizes a military benefit concert at Fort Campbell. The military-themed event comes after Rayna finds out her current love interest, country star Luke Wheeler, has been injured while in Afghanistan. Nashville's second season finale airs in America May 14.
  • Kacey Musgraves joined Katy Perry for a taping of CMT Crossroads in Los Angeles on April 18. The pair taped the 50th episode of the critically acclaimed series. Among the songs included in the taping are Perry’s “Roar” “Firework,” and “Teenage Dream.” “I’d say she’s the queen of following your arrow,” Musgraves said of Perry before performing her own Country hit, “Follow Your Arrow.”
TOURS
  • Easton Corbin, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, The Henningsens, Tracy Lawrence, and more were due to perform at GRAND OLE OPRY Tues April 22nd. See opry.com calendar for future events.
  • George Strait, the reigning Entertainer of the Year for both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association, is nearing the end of his Cowboy Rides Away Tour that began its final leg in January. The country legend earns his fourth No.1 this year on Billboard’s weekly ranking of Hot Tours with $6.4 million in ticket sales from four of the final six arenas on his performance schedule. Sold out performances in Wichita, Denver, Portland and Tacoma, WA, drew more than 70,000 fans to see the veteran entertainer’s touring sendoff. The overall gross from Cowboy Rides Away now tops $72 million from 40 sold out shows since launching in January of 2013

BABY NEWS

Baby A on the Way! Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, 31, and his wife, Kelli Cashiola, announced via Twitter that they are expecting a baby boy. The couple got married at the Front Porch Farms in Ashland City, Tenn., on April 14, 2012, after announcing their engagement in December 2011, according to People magazine.
Lady Antebellum tweeted @ladyantebellum So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy!!! - Dave & Kelli

Ever since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare.  But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display. US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock and his family, including his stepmother, country superstar Reba McEntire. She was wearing black leggings, flip-flops and a long salmon-colored tunic with a black and white bow printed on the belly. Later, she wore a white top which showed off her belly even more.

MUSIC NEWS
The Kickstarter for Neil Young's high-end audio device Pono ended bringing in $6,225,354, making it the third-most-funded project in the Kickstarter's history (the others were the Pebble Watch and the Ouya gaming console). The campaign raised 7.7 times more than its original goal of $800,000, with 18,220 people contributing. 15 people donated at the highest level of $5,000, winning a dinner and listening party with Neil Young in Chicago.

Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trends commissioned by a coalition of music, movie, publishing and videogame companies. The April 9 report, which concluded that more that half of all Internet users in Spain download content illegally, is the latest fuel in the fiery debate over intellectual property legislation in the piracy-plagued country...n 2012, digital music amounted to 34% of total sales in Spain. Although Spotify, Google Play and other services showed initial promise as an alternative to piracy in the Spanish market, digital sales in
Spain grew only 9% compared to the 22% European average, according to last year’s IFPI figures.

Telegraph UK - Many people are buying CDs, vinyl records and cassettes rather than MP3 downloads, even though many albums in these obsolete formats are left in their wrapper and kept as collectors' items. Music fans still prefer to buy CDs, vinyl records and cassettes than MP3 downloads, even though many are left in their wrapper and never actually listened to. Online digital sales have cornered a large part of the music industry, with 22 per cent of people buying from Amazon in the last month and 11 per cent from Apple’s iTunes store. But CDs remain dominant, according to a poll, with 57 per cent of people having bought a physical album during the last year. That figure for MP3 downloads was just 39 per cent.And, strangely, vinyl records are now a growing part of the music industry, with one in ten having bought an LP over the last month, up from five per cent in
the same period last year. One in 20 people had even bought a cassette during that time. This phenomenon is largely being driven by 18 to 24-year-olds who did not grew up with the formats originally, with just over one quarter in that age group admitting to buying music to collect, but not play.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS

  • Eric Church (EMI Records Nashville) will release a double gatefold vinyl version of his album THE OUTSIDERS on Saturday, April 19, in recognition of National Record Store Day. The vinyl package will also include an exclusive album poster (Source Press Release
  • Radney Foster will release EVERYTHING I SHOULD HAVE SAID, his first album of all new material since 2009s Revival, on May 13 via his own Devil’s River Records and distributed by Think Indie. “I’m always trying to find a little piece of the truth,” says the Texas born and bred singer-songwriter. With Everything I Should Have Said, the truth is laid bare. His first collection of new songs in 5 years opens with “Whose Heart You Wreck,” a stormy lament to a fickle muse and closes with the title track, an unflinching apology for things done and left undone.
  • Cowboy Jack Clement, one of country music’s most eclectic and colorful figures, passed away in 2013 after completing what would be his final musical work. Now fans will have the chance to hear it. Cowboy Jack’s album FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL is set for release July 15 on the new Nashville label I.R.S. Records....Read More at Country Weekly
  • Jessica Clemmons the C2C2014 Pop Up stage artist and Radio 2 artist will release a new single “Love Like That” out May 5th - iTunes UK

  • Joey+Rory were raised on great traditional country songs and still love to sing them. So this May, they have a new album COUNTRY CLASSICS..A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage coming out with their own versions of twelve classic country songs. Songs like “I’m Not Lisa”, “Rocky Top”, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and many others. This new CD will be exclusively available in Cracker Barrel’s everywhere starting in May. You will also be able to purchase it through Joey+Rory's webstore. See more in the Spring 2014 E-Blast Update
  • Joanna Mosca, is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming not-yet-titled EP, which is being produced by Nashville's hottest production team, New Voice Entertainment. Mosca's new material digs deeper into country music with a definitive lyrical slant. "It was important that it include material strong women could relate to, as well as songs that reflect a sense of humor and fun," she says.
  • All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman will be available in DVD/ Blue-ray / 2CD/ CDs and the DVD in a regular format on May 6, 2014: This DVD captures a once-in-a-lifetime performance, honoring one of the most acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history. A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, and successful solo artist in his own right, Allman possesses a voice that has resonated through four decades. Amongst the performances with Country/Americana interest are: Susan Tedeschi, Brantley Gilbert, John Hiatt, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, and The Allman Brothers Band with musical direction by Don Was.  Shot in high definition with 5:1 Dolby sound at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, this remarkable piece pays tribute to a voice that once heard is never forgotten. From now until the release date, those that pre-order will receive the 32 page, 2014 Beacon Theatre program - sure to be a collector's item in the future. It’s available at hittinthenote and Amazon.com and in UK it drops on May 19 Amazon UK >> Watch the promo Video
PRESS RELEASES
  • Previously unreleased Music from Hank Williams surfaces in The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Omnivore Recordings will soon release the full-length version of The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, featuring 24 performances, unheard for 64 years, from country music legend Hank Williams. Rescued from obscurity, these shows originally aired more than six decades ago; The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 collects material from the four episodes now known to exist. Due out May 20, 2014, the set follows the release of Omnivore’s collectible 10” vinyl Record Store Day EP sampler.
  • Dolly Parton and Sony Masterworks celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl.  The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album Blue Smoke - “Blue Smoke” and “Home.”
  • Girls With Guitars: Katie Armiger, Jamie Lynn Spears and Jordan Anderson rock Ocala, Florida.
  • Bucky Covington is thrilled to release his first single as an independent artist, “Buzzin,” to country radio. “BUZZIN,” the lead single from Bucky’s current project expected out later this year, is the perfect summer-time theme song, written by Brad Hull and produced by Covington himself and Dale Oliver.
  • CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour announced the addition of a tour stop on Thursday, June 5 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
  • Canadian neo-folk favorites The Duhks are back and set to release their long- awaited new studio album BEYOND THE BLUE on June 24. Sample tracks from Beyond the Blue on Soundcloud
ARTICLES
CMA Close Up by Bob Doerschuk: Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

Billboard (Phyllis Stark): Click to ENLARGE



















REVIEWS
CMC Review: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, supported by Tift Merritt Factory Theatre, Marrickville, Sydney 13/04/14

New Single from Johnny Orr Band shines light on Autism...The cut appears on the band’s forthcoming EP Down South, and Orr says he’s planning on promoting the single and the cause in every possible arena he can.  
INTERVIEWS
A Conversation with Jamie O’Neal at Country Universe.net

LISTEN
Jerrod Niemann – “Donkey” (Lyrics) YES these are the actual Lyrics of Jerrod Niemann's new Single, "Donkey":
All the ladies like to ride, Oh the ladies like to ride, Oh the ladies like to ride, Oh the ladies like my D-O-N-K-E-Y
...Down to the Honky Tonky, Its gonna get funky funky (hee haw hee haw) x2 !!

WATCH

COUNTRY FASHION
Julianne Hough attended the Kaleidoscope Ball held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday (April 10) in Beverly Hills, California.
Keeping it one-note, the actress wore a Philosophy Fall 2014 cut-out dress with a wrap skirt, ensuring her noteworthy satin sandals got equal billing. She accessorized with a matching clutch with gold hardware (image) and a few rings whilst slick hair and makeup perfected her look - Fashion Pic - Getty Images

Taylor Swift left her apartment in New York City (April 16) wearing a Talbots Heart Intarsia Sweater ($59.99), a pair of Hudson Denim Pants ($98.00) in Deep Jade, a pair of Cole Haan Mackenzie Oxfords and carried her J.Mendel Midi Clutch ($1,650, Black) - Image

Miranda Lambert launched her own line of shoes and boots last December with her music and lifestyle serving as the main inspiration. Some of the high heels have a rock and roll edge, while the boots give a nod to Miranda's country roots.
She told Women's Wear Daily that running her boutique, The Pink Pistol, taught her some valuable lessons going into the shoe line launch.
Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are taking part in Macy's American Icons campaign, which means you'll see their faces in more than 800 Macy's stores starting next month. They'll be modeling clothes for I.N.C International Concepts in ads appearing in print and online, too

Kacey Musgraves is featured in Elle magazine's Women in Music 2014 issue seen wearing a Roberto Cavalli Knit Gown - Image

Kacey, who's made a name for herself by not skirting around issues in her music, says it saddens her that her material is considered controversial. She tells the mag, “It’s hard for me to swallow when someone says, ‘You’re a rebel, you’re an outlaw,’ because no, I’m not. The things I sing about are not controversial to me."



COUNTRY GOSSIP
  • Dolly Parton has revealed Miley Cyrus wanted to "murder" her Hannah Montana persona in order to make people accept her as a more grown-up musician. The country icon admitted she was concerned when he goddaughter told her she was planning a dramatic reinvention to move away from being known as the Disney Channel character which made her famous. Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Dolly said: "As a little girl she was great, but then she started to grow up. And people didn't want her to grow up - they got mad at her. "Well, that's how everyone has been with Miley. One day she'd had enough and told me, 'I need to murder Hannah Montana in order for people to accept who I really am'. Meanwhile Miley Cyrus is upset about having to postpone two more dates of her 'Bangerz' tour in the US after suffering a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.
  • Hayden Panettiere (aka Juliette Barnes in ABC TV drama Nashville) wants to be a "sexy and youthful" bride. The 24-year-old actress has not yet set a date for her wedding to fiancé Wladimir Klitschko but already knows she wants to look "classy and elegant". She told People: "I would like some really long, loose boho beach waves and just a nice golden tan."I want to be classy and elegant and sophisticated, but I also don't want to forget my age. I want to be comfortable. I want it to be just sexy enough, but youthful at the same time. I don't want to look so done up."
PHOTO
  • They've got the Voice: Talent show contestants Georgia May Harrup a distant cousin of superstar Adele and country singer Talia Smith arrive for the unique interactive event making an appearance at the Harvey Nichols Baileys Feaster Egg Hunt, which saw the popular Knightsbridge store transported to 18th century Versailles as guests participated in an interactive hunt for a Baileys Chocolate Luxe Easter Egg - Image The “Hell on Heels” singer Talia made the most of the current hot pastel trend in a pale pink top (H&M) with fabulous matching wedged suede stilettos, broken up by leather leggings and black-lapelled pastel blazer (H&M).
  • Carolynne Poole the X Factor 2012 final 12 contestant and C2C2014 Pop Up stage artist posted a hot new photo before a trip to America and was currently enjoying the sun in Arizona (Image)


  • Shelley Minson the Tamworth based Aussie Pin Up rockabilly Singer/ Songwriter had fun unleashing her inner Easter Bunny! — with and Gothic Lolita Wigs and Pinup Girl Clothing (Vintage inspired clothing, vintage reproduction dresses, Vintage Inspired Swimwear, retro dresses, retro shoes, retro accessories, retro lingerie, Pinup Couture etc) - Image
  • Don’t Play It Like that Again: Luke "Bro-Country" Bryan's son Bo took black and red sharpies and wrote on every white key of their piano - Image
BIRTHDAYS
April 21: The late Ira Louvin (1924; died June 20, 1965 (aged 41)) )
April 22: Cleve Francis (1945), Glen Campbell  (1936), Kellie Coffey (1978) 
April 23: The late Roy Orbison (1936; died December 6, 1988 (aged 52))
April 24: Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys) (1943), Rebecca Lynn Howard (1979) 
April 25: Rob Crosby (1954), Kate Mackenzie (1952)
April 26: Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) (1971)
April 27: Herb Pedersen (1944), Donna Ulisse  

R.I.P
Country singer Kevin Sharp died on Saturday (April 19, 2014) from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, his website confirmed. He was 43
Sharp, best known for his hit song “Nobody Knows”, battled with cancer as a teenager in the Nineties. Born in California, December 1970, he spent his younger years appearing in musicals, but after suffering from fatigue and excessive dizziness, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma - a form of blood cancer.
Despite being given a slim chance of recovery, he survived – although permanently lost his hair due to the chemotherapy treatment. While still recovering, he met legendary producer David Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sharp went onto create a demo tape and Foster helped sign him to Asylum Records in Nashville. On Sept 24, 1996 he released his first album, MEASURE OF A MAN (#4 Billboard Country Albums peak), selling over 500,000 copies, while his first single, Nobody Knows, spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart. The second single "She's Sure Taking It Well" (Asylum) written by Tim Buppert, Don Pfrimmer and George Teren, released February 10, 1997 reached #3 on Hot Country Songs
Read an obituary at The Tennessean
Reba McEntire tweeted Prayers go out to Kevin Sharp's family. RIP Kevin.

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