Kevin Sharp’s battle with cancer helped launch his rise to country music stardom and helped him inspire those who heard him speak. On April 19, 2014, complications from the disease took his life 25 years after his battle with it began. He was 43.
Born in Redding, Calif., Sharp grew up obsessed with sports and music. A high school football and basketball player, he sat out his senior seasons in both sports due to a pain in his left leg. The cause of that pain turned out to be bone cancer. So after graduation, he began experimental, debilitating chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation (a foundation which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses), Kevin met record producer David Foster. They then became friends. After two years of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Kevin’s cancer went into remission by the early 1990s. He permanently lost all of his hair as a result of the radiation treatment.
Kevin was actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has also written an inspirational book about his experience and had occasionally toured the United States as a motivational speaker.
In 1996, Mr. Sharp released his first album, “Measure of a Man,” which contained the Billboard country hit “Nobody Knows” and sold more than 500,000 copies. He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.
Though Kevin Sharp has come to light in the country field, his music is heavily commercial and could easily fit in several different genres, considering his dance-inspired production, heavy emphasis on ballads, and his cover of the Tony Rich Project’s “Nobody Knows.”
Kevin’s musical career garnered many accolades including New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music, New Male Touring Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association/SRO, Favorite New Country Artist from the American Music Awards, Billboard Magazine’s Best New Country Video and TNN/Music City News Male Star of Tomorrow.
Passionate people may come and go but their memories forever remain to those people whom they have touched. Kevin Sharp will forever stay in our hearts and we are thankful for the songs that continue to inspire us. May his life journey motivates us to choose to stay positive. May we keep doing good behind all the odds may happen to us.