Country music singer Daryle Singletary died in in his Nashville home on Monday morning. An official cause of death has not been announced. Singletary was 46.
Variety reports that Singletary was born in Cairo, Georgia and got start in music as a child singing gospel songs with his brother and cousins. He moved to Nashville in 1990 where he played in local nightclubs before being signed by Evergreen Records in 1992. Thanks to a boost from members of Randy Travis’ band, Singletary signed with Irving Azoff’s Warner-distributed Giant label, which released his Travis-coproduced debut album in 1995.
The album spawned the country hits “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations.”
At a time when country was becoming increasingly glossy, Singletary took pride in his traditional country sound: A quote on his official website reads, “There are still people out there who want to hear traditional country music.” There, Singletary is quoted as saying, “I’ve been fortunate to be able to always keep it real and not have to compromise.”
The country singer had played concerts as recently as this past weekend, on Friday and Saturday nights.
He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their four children.
FOX News reports that Singletary’s fellow country singers took to social media to express their condolences.
Travis Tritt tweeted, “I’m shocked and saddened to hear that Daryle Singletary has passed away. He was a true country voice and his talent will be sorely missed. Praying for Daryle’s friends and family.”
Sad day…the greatest country voice of my time is now singing in Heaven’s band. Gonna miss you @Darylesing ! Now show them how a good ol country shuffle is supposed to sound! #darylesingletary pic.twitter.com/3mBhbdONIx
— Craig Campbell (@craigcampbelltv) February 12, 2018
Charlie Daniels tweeted- “Just got word that Daryle Singletary has passed away. Rest in peace Buddy, you sang country like country should be sung.”
Just got word that Daryle Singletary has passed away.
Rest in peace Buddy, you sang country like country should be sung.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) February 12, 2018
Josh Turner tweeted:
“Rough morning for me. One of my favorite singers, Daryle Singletary, has passed away this morning unexpectedly. He’s the one who convinced me to move to Nashville. Praying hard for his familyLove you Daryle”
Rough morning for me. One of my favorite singers, Daryle Singletary, has passed away this morning unexpectedly. He’s the one who convinced me to move to Nashville. Praying hard for his family✝️Love you Daryle
— Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) February 12, 2018
Lee Brice tweeted: “Just heard the news about the passing of Daryle Singletary. My heart goes out to his beautiful family.”
Just heard the news about the passing of Daryle Singletary. My heart goes out to his beautiful family. pic.twitter.com/Uhe7bWB3Hv
— Lee Brice (@leebrice) February 12, 2018
Good stuff right there I tell you!
Rest in peace brother and thanks for your great music.