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Apr 21

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Kevin Sharp

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of singer Kevin Sharp, who died Saturday, April 19 at the age of 43. Kevin is best known for his 1996 debut single, “Nobody Knows.”

As a high school senior, Kevin was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, Kevin met producer David Foster. After his cancer treatments, Kevin went into remission in 1991. Foster’s connections helped Kevin land a record deal with country label Asylum. Kevin’s debut single, a cover of the Tony Rich Project song “Nobody Knows,” topped the country charts in 1996.

Over the weekend, Kevin’s website posted this statement:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST. Born on December 10, 1970, Kevin took the Country Music scene by storm with his first No. 1 hit, “Nobody Knows.” He had several other hits to his name and in the last few years, traveled the country with an extremely successful Motivational Speaking career.

Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

It is requested that if anyone would like to make a donation in Kevin’s memory, that donations be made to the closest Make A Wish Chapter in the donor’s area so that wishes can continue to be granted for other children. Click here to donate to Make A Wish >>

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Dec 31

2013 Rewind Bonus: Country Legend Ray Price Passes

Ray Price

Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Country music lost another legend when Ray Price passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on December 16. He was 87.

Country stars remember Ray Price >>

Ray was admitted to the hospital in early December due to complications from the cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, the cancer had spread to Ray’s liver, intestines and lungs despite aggressive measures. On December 12, Ray and wife of 45 years, Janie, decided not to pursue further treatment. Ray left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas for his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

Through his wife, Ray issued a final statement to his fans: Continue Reading


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Dec 30

2013 Rewind: No. 1 – George Jones Dead at 81

2013 Rewind: No. 1 - George Jones Dead at 81

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Country music mourned the loss of a legend when George Jones passed away April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. George was 81 years old.

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George is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As word of George’s death spread, country stars expressed their condolences.

Alan Jackson released this statement: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’” Continue Reading


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Dec 26

2013 Rewind: No. 3 – Mindy McCready Commits Suicide

2013 Rewind: No. 3 - Mindy McCready Commits Suicide

Mindy McCready photo by JT Sumner, courtesy of Music City News.

The country music community mourned the loss of Mindy McCready, who died February 17, 2013 from an apparent suicide. She is survived by two sons, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9 months old.

Mindy first appeared on the country music scene in 1996 when her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, featuring the Top 10 title track and No. 1 hit “Guys Do It All The Time,” was released and subsequently certified platinum. She followed 10,000 Angels with the release of If I Don’t Stay The Night, which achieved gold status, in 1997. She parted ways with her record label, BNA Records, in 1999, after the release of her third album, and later signed with Capitol. She released one album for the label before parting ways in 2002.

Mindy’s struggle with addiction and her legal issues were well-documented in recent years. She was arrested multiple times for drug-related charges, DUI, assault and resisting arrests. She also endured a custody battle over her oldest son, Zander. Continue Reading


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Dec 18

Country Stars Remember Ray Price

Ray Price

Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

As news of Ray Price’s death spread on Monday, country stars offered their condolences and memories of the country legend. Willie Nelson, who counted Ray among his closest friends, issued this statement about his passing:

We are sad beyond words at the passing of our good friend, the legendary Ray Price. Our prayers are for Janie and his family as they cope with their incredible loss. But our loss is Heaven’s gain, because a band of angels just got one of the best voices ever created. There will never be another Ray Price. We love you, Ray.

Alan Jackson tweeted “We’ve lost another Country Great #RIPRayPrice

“For the good times. #RIPRayPrice,” Brad Paisley posted on Facebook.

Charlie Daniels tweeted “One of the greatest country singers of all time died today. Rest in peace Ray Price.”

“Country music lost an inspiration today… Ray, you will be missed!! THANK YOU For The Good Times!!! -KU” – Keith Urban tweeted.

Martina McBride recalled singing with Ray Price on the Grand Ole Opry, sharing a clip of the performance on Twitter. “Ray Price. I got to sing with him twice. What a thrill!” she tweeted.

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“What a wonderful life Ray Price had!!!” Reba tweeted. “We’re so blessed to have had his beautiful voice all these years!!! I will always be a huge fan.”

The Oak Ridge Boys tweeted “Ray Price HAS gone home today… RIP #legend #forthegoodtimes

“We say goodbye to Ray Price, but we will continue to honor him through music. Thank you, Ray, for the good times,” the Grand Ole Opry tweeted.

“R.I.P. Ray Price Prayers go out to your family. Hope the angels are enjoying your voice!” LeAnn Rimes tweeted, later adding this quote from the legend: ‘A lot of people want to keep country music in the minority of people. But it belongs to the world. It’s art.’ – Ray Price”


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Dec 6

Country Stars Remember Nelson Mandela

Country Stars Remember Nelson Mandela

SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 21: Nelson Mandela just before the first national elections in 1994. South Africa. (Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at his home. He was 95.

As the news of his death spread, country stars turned to Twitter to express their condolences and share favorite quotes from the visionary.

LeAnn RimesLeAnnRimes: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal FlattsJoeDonRooney: #RIPNelsonMandela what a soul – what a visionary – what an inspiration! His legacy will live on forever

WynonnaWynonnaMusic: Nelson Mandela, a peace maker, crossed over today. He was 95. #RIP

Jennifer NettlesJennifer Nettles: What a light in this world. Rest peacefully in the love of the lives you changed.

Kristian BushKristianBush: Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Your words and life inspired me. Rest in peace.

A state funeral is being planned for Mr. Mandela.


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Oct 29

Jason Aldean’s Tour Bus Involved in Fatal Accident

Jason Aldean's Tour Bus Involved in Fatal Accident

Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Our condolences go out to the family of Albert Kennedy, who died after being struck by Jason Aldean’s tour bus in Knox County, Ind., Sunday night.

According to KERO, Albert Kennedy “walked out into the middle of the roadway” at approximately 1:28 a.m. and was struck by Jason’s bus on the northbound lane of US 41 North. Knox County Sheriff Michael Morris confirmed that Jason was on the bus at the time of the accident. Jason expressed his condolences on Facebook.

“With a heavy heart, I’m sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana,” Jason wrote. “In all the years I’ve been touring and all the miles we’ve driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen. I’m praying for Albert Kennedy’s family and friends today and ask that you do the same.” Continue Reading


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Aug 14

Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Tompall Glaser (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

GAC extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Thomas Paul “Tompall” Glaser. Tompall, a singer, publisher and studio owner known for his association with the “Outlaw” country movement in the ’70s, died Tuesday, August 13 at his home in Nashville after a long illness, reports the Tennessean. He was 79.

Tompall and his brothers, Chuck and Jim, owned and operated a studio near Nashville’s Music Row, formerly known as Glaser Brothers Sound Studio but more commonly referred to as “Hillbily Central.” Classic songs like Waylon Jennings’ “Dreaming My Dreams” were recorded within its walls.

“That building was a fortress,” Glaser Sound secretary and publicist Hazel Smith said in Michael Bane’s book Outlaws: Revolution In Country Music. “It was a place where they could go and hide. It was home to them, and there were no Picassos on the wall.” Continue Reading


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Jul 29

Loretta Lynn’s Daughter Betty Sue Lynn Dies at 64

Loretta Lynn's oldest daughter Betty Sue Lynn dies at 64

Loretta Lynn photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

GAC extends condolences to Loretta Lynn and her family on the passing of Loretta’s daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, this morning. reports Loretta’s eldest daughter was 64 and died from complications of emphysema at her home in Waverly, Tenn. She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer, and five grandchildren.

“Loretta and her family thank friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss,” said a publicist for the legend.

This is not the first time Loretta has faced the loss of a child. Continue Reading


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Jul 9

Music Executive Jim Foglesong Dies at Age 90

Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong & Allen Reynolds

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 23: Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong and and Allen Reynolds posed together the 2009 Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award at the Renaissance Hotel on August 23, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

GAC extends condolences to the family and friends of music industry executive Jim Foglesong. Country Aircheck reports the Country Music Hall of Famer passed away this morning at the age of 90. No further details are known at this time and arrangements are pending.

Foglesong is credited with giving record deals to both Garth Brooks and George Strait. He also worked with artists including Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams and Barbara Mandrell. Continue Reading


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