Country singer Daryle Singletary passes away aged 46

Country singer Daryle Singletary passes away aged 46

Daryle Singletary, country singer who had three top-ten country hits in the 90s, passed away unexpectedly on Monday at the age of 46.

Daryle Singletary, the 90s country singer famous for hits such as "Amen Kind of Love" and "I Let Her Lie" died at his home in Lebanon, near Nashville, Tennessee, on February 12. He was 46. There is yet to be an official cause of death announced. The singer was renowned for his classic style and traditional approach to country music.

Born on March 10, 1971 to working-class parents in Cairo, Georgia, Singletary sang gospel music at an early age, before taking vocal classes in high school. He decided to pursue a career in music, and at the age of 19, he headed north to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tennessee, seeking out a record deal.

He sang at clubs at various venues and eventually began recording demos, one of which was picked up by Randy Travis, who released Singletary's "An Old Pair of Shoes" in 1992. With Travis's backing, Singletary landed a deal with Giant Records, and they released his eponymous debut album in 1995.

Travis was involved in production for the album, and it spawned the top-ten country singles "I Let Her Lie" and "Too Much Fun" as well as the top-50 singles "I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations" and "Working It Out."

Daryle Singletary and Randy Travis
Daryle Singletary and Randy Travis at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

A second album, All Because of You, spawned his third top-ten single, "Amen Kind of Love," but the other two singles fell short of the top forty. His third album with Giant, Ain't It the Truth, fell short of expectations, and he was dropped by the label.

Singletary went on to release five albums, two of them were under Audium/Koch Entertainment, two with Shanachie Records, and his last one was with E1 music. Most of the material on these albums comprised of cover songs. In recent years, he performed duets at a club in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent, and the two went on to release an album of duets, American Bandstand, in July, last year.

Rhonda tweeted a tribute to her late duet partner yesterday, writing "My sincere condolences to the family of Daryle Singletary. I cry as I listen to the song we recorded "As We Kiss Our World Goodbye..." He was truly one of the greatest singers who ever lived. I will cherish the times we sang together, and remember the kindred spirit we shared."

Singletary is survived by his wife, Holly, and four children as well as his parents and his brother.

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