Kevin Sharp His Battle is Over

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Submitted by Don Graham

His long, courageous battle is over as Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp has now passed away. He died on Saturday April 19, 2014 due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Kevin Sharp was born on December 10, 1970, in Redding, California and grew up in Weiser, Idaho in a musical family of seven children. When Kevin was in high school his family moved to Sacramento, California He was a naturally gifted athlete, excelling  in several sports when he began experiencing fatigue and unexplained pain that would  later diagnosed as a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma that had spread to his lungs.  Kevin was told that his chance of survival was slim.  Not knowing if he would live past six months, Kevin was introduced to the Make A Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.  His wish was to meet producer/performer David Foster, whose friendship sustained Kevin through two grueling years of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and radiation treatments, as well as opening a door for Kevin to pursue his goal to become a successful country artist. To the surprise of everyone's Kevin’s cancer went into remission in 1991. He never forgot the magic of the Make A Wish Foundation, and was, up until his passing,  a national spokesperson for the group. He was also honoured with the prestigious "Wishgranter of the Year" and  Kevin is, so far, the only wish child to become the wish request of other wish kids. The circle won’t be broken.

Sharp was introduced to the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R&B singer Tony Rich’s ‘Nobody Knows’, a record  that topped the country charts for four weeks. His debut album, Measure of a Man, was released the same year and produced  the top five singles  ‘If You Love Somebody’ and ‘She's Sure Taking It Well’. A second album for Elektra/Asylum, entitled Love Is, was released in 1998. He did not record another album until 2005's Make a Wish, released on the independent Cupit label.

Sharp also has also written an inspirational book about his experience, and did occasional tours as a motivational speaker. Country superstar Billy Dean said of his friend’s passing, “Kevin went home to spend Easter with Jesus.”

He will be missed and remembered. A legacy is not created but earned and Kevin Sharp earned his. Rest in peace Kevin, your battle is over.