RIP My Friend Daryle Singletary, 1971-2018

posted by Jason Taylor -

It was a very sad, yet surreal, to wake up this morning to a phone full of texts alerting me that Daryle Singletary had passed away. He passed at around 5am this morning. He was only 46 years old.

There aren't many country stars that I can truly call "friends", but he was one that I definitely could. He had a love for traditional country and enjoyed a great life touring all over the country playing and singing those songs that were true to his roots.

I was scheduled to open for him at a show in Cairo, Georgia, his hometown, a couple of years ago, but he had to cancel due to sickness.

I'll never forget our time together and our great conversations about our country music heroes. Like myself, Daryle was enamored by artists like George Jones and Merle Haggard growing up. And after he heard Randy Travis' album "Storms of Life", Daryle knew that he had to move to Nashville and pursue his dream. When he got there, Randy Travis became a fast fan of Daryle's as well. He even co-produced Daryle's first album. 

My deepest sympathies go out to his wife Holly and their kids. I know this is going to be a difficult time for them.

Daryle's version of this song is very fitting today:

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