Kevin Sharp, singer, author, motivational speaker and cancer survivor, passed away this past weekend, on Saturday April 19.
The 43 year old was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, when he was only a teenager. It was through the Make-a-Wish Foundation that he met record producer David Foster, and they quickly became friends. After two years of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Kevin’s cancer went into remission.
After the cancer battle, Kevin began working on a demo tape that he sent out to various different talents shows, and his new friend David Foster. David introduced him around and in 1996 Kevin signed with Asylum Records. In November of that year he released his debut album, “Measure of a Man”. The lead single off the record was “Nobody Knows” and it spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts.
Kevin also became a spokesperson for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and was awarded Wish Granter of the Year. That wasn’t the only award in his career though. He also picked up CMA New Touring Artist of the Year, and was nominated for the ACM Top New Male Vocalist.
In 2005, Kevin wrote an inspirational book titled “Tragedy’s Gift”.
On April 19th 2014, Kevin sadly passed away due to complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.