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Country singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.

His sister Mary Huston says Sharp died in Fair Oaks, Calif., at 10:49 p.m. Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Sharp gained fame with the release of “Nobody Knows,” a single on his 1996 debut album Measure of a Man. He released two other albums, Love Is in 1998 and Make a Wish in 2005. READ FULL STORY

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it had recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, according East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He stopped aggressive treatments and left the hospital last Thursday to receive hospice care at home.

At the time, his wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband’s “final message” to his fans: “I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.”
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Zac Brown expecting fifth child

Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, are expecting their fifth child, People reports.

“We’re excited to share the news that Zac and Shelly are expecting a new baby in early 2014,” the country singer’s rep told the magazine.

Brown, frontman of the Zac Brown Band, and Shelly already have four daughters: Justice, 6; Lucy, 5; Georgia, 4; and Joni, 2.

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry engaged to baseball player J.P. Arencibia

The Band Perry lead singer Kimberly Perry got engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia on Monday, The Tennessean reports.

“He’s just a really gentle soul,” Perry told the Nashville newspaper. “He balances me for sure.”

The pair have been together for a year and a half. They plan to wed in the summer of 2014.

Tompall Glaser, an original Nashville outlaw, dies

Tompall Glaser, a country music singer, publisher, and studio owner best known for his association with the outlaw movement against record labels, died Tuesday. He was 79.

Louis Glaser, Tompall Glaser’s nephew, said the singer died in Nashville, Tenn., after a long illness.

Thomas Paul Glaser, a Spalding, Neb., native, began performing with his brothers, Jim and Chuck, as The Glaser Brothers in the 1950s and eventually moved to Nashville after meeting Marty Robbins, who tapped them to sing backup.

Glaser and his brothers immediately chafed under the label system in place in the 1960s and ’70s — just like contemporaries Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Though he would never achieve the success of those friends, he was nonetheless a key player in the rebellion they started against Music Row in the early 1970s that would come to be known as the outlaw movement. He circumvented the label system by opening with his brothers their own music publishing company and recording studio — soon known as “Hillbilly Central.”
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Country Hall of Famer 'Cowboy' Jack Clement dies

“Cowboy” Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock ‘n’ roll and push country music into modern times, has died. He was 82.

Close friend Dub Cornett says Clement’s hospice nurse confirmed that Clement died Thursday morning. He passed away just months after learning he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the cowboy hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of rock ‘n’ roll like few others. He was to be inducted at a ceremony later this fall.

Clement’s career included stops in Memphis at Sun Records, where he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, and Nashville, where he was a close collaborator of Johnny Cash, Charley Pride and fellow 2013 inductee Bobby Bare.

Randy Travis discharged from hospital

Country music star Randy Travis is out of the hospital three weeks after he was admitted with congestive heart failure and later suffered a stroke.

A statement Wednesday says Travis has been discharged from The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano near Dallas, where he’d been admitted July 7.

The statement from publicist Kirt Webster goes on to say Travis has been moved to a physical therapy center for further treatment for a stroke he suffered July 10.

The 54-year-old singer developed the heart failure due to a viral illness. The stroke prompted surgeons to operate to relieve pressure on his brain.

Travis’ fiancee Mary Davis gave thanks for the prayers and support the singer received from fans and friends for his recovery.

Jim Foglesong, country label exec and hall of famer, dies

Jim Foglesong, a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks’ career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 90.

Kristin Whittlesey is a spokeswoman at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where Foglesong had been a faculty member since 1991. She says she Foglesong died Tuesday in Nashville of natural causes.

Foglesong is a West Virginia native. He began his career in New York as a session singer, producer and record executive and moved to Nashville in 1970 after helping Columbia Records launch subsidiary Epic. In Nashville, he was president of Capitol Records from 1984-89 and he helped launch Brooks’ career.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

Randy Travis hospitalized, in critical condition

Country-music veteran Randy Travis was hospitalized yesterday for complications stemming from viral cardiomyopathy and is in critical condition, the singer’s rep said in a statement.

The Grammy-winning 54-year-old singer was recently diagnosed with the ailment, which the National Institutes of Health defines as a condition in which “the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid. In rare cases, the muscle tissue in the heart is replaced with scar tissue.”

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