Sad news on this Easter Sunday, as singer Kevin Sharp died last night (April 19) at the age of 43 from ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, according to his website.
Raised in Idaho and later California, Kevin was a performer from a young age but was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in 1989 as a teenager. He underwent two years of chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer, and was introduced to producer David Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Kevin’s cancer went into remission and through his work with David, he was able to land a recording deal with Asylum Records in Nashville. His 1996 debut album, Measure of a Man, reached the gold sales mark, propelled by the No. 1 version of the Tony Rich Project hit “Nobody Knows.” He released additional hit singles “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody.”
In 2005, Kevin partnered with independent Cupit Records to release the album Make a Wish. His involvement with the foundation also led to him being a spokesperson and motivational speaker.
Most recently, Kevin released the 2011 single “Let Me Rock You to Sleep.”
A memorial service will be held in Nashville at a later date.
Donations can be made in Kevin’s name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cards may be sent to his family at Kevin Sharp, c/o Sue Veldkamp, PO Box 54646, Cincinnati, OH 45254.