Artist of the Week: Daryle Singletary

In the recent tragity of Daryle Singletary’s death it seems only fitting for us to give remembrance of his achievements and life. Born March 10th, 1971, Daryle sparked a passion for music as a kid and the passion grew into a career for him as he embarked on in 1990.

Little did he know that looking back over 27 years in Nashville he carved out a corner in country music that will be untouchable by any voice, lyric, or guitar. A country music icon of traditional country music.

Meeting Mr. Singletary in 2015 at CMA Fest was a proud moment, for any die hard fan it would be the same. He spoke easy, and was quite possibly the most genuine artist I’ve ever had the chance to meet. Sincere and a gentleman, much like the traditional music he created is how he carried himself.

“When I moved to Nashville in 1990, I left Georgia telling my Daddy, ‘I want to make my living in country music,’” Daryle recalls. “I didn’t tell him I wanted to be played on the radio every day or be on a video channel every day. I said, ‘I want to make a living playing for the people who enjoy my kind of music.’ Fortunately and thankfully, I have been able to do that since 1995.

“We’ve been very fortunate to stay on the road, year in, year out. I continue to work and continue to build a fan base. There are still people out there who want to hear traditional country music. I’ve been fortunate to be able to always keep it real and not have to compromise. I can’t ask for nothin’ better, I don’t guess.”

Daryle Singletary has had ample success in the country world. With singles that reached the top 10 include “I Let Her Lie”, Too Much Fun” (my personal favorite), “Amen Kind Of Love”. Growing up when “Too Much Fun” was new and the hot song, it was on radio play every hour on the hour. For a kid that was basking in as much music as he could take, that meant a good time for me.

When asked about the current state of Country Music Singletary says, There are still great country songs out there. You just have to either write them or ask the songwriting community for them… and say, ‘Look, when I say country, I mean country.’ “And lucky for me, on this new CD I did both… and there are fans who still appreciate that. My fans are not fans of the bro-country movement, which doesn’t bother me a bit. They’re people who like it real, and that’s what I give them. “Like I say, I’ve been very fortunate. I just wanted to make a living doing something I love to do. I’m by no means a millionaire, but I make a living singing what I love, honest country music.”

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On Singletary’s Facebook page recently was posted “Daryle certainly left his mark on country music. He fought hard to keep traditional country music alive and well. He did an outstanding job at that.” There’s no greater truth in what he strived for and he achieved just that. He was a fighter to keep country…country. Staying true to himself and his belief’s are what makes him stand out from the crowd.

Our thoughts and prayers still go out Daryle’s wife Holly, and their four children, as well as all his friends and family. The lasting impression cannot be erased, only celebrated in his legacy he leaves behind for all of us. Thank you Daryle Singletary, God bless you.

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