County singer Daryle Singletary dies unexpectedly

By Jim Hagerty
Contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country music singer Daryle Singletary died Monday morning at his home near Nashville.

Although it has not been confirmed, sources close to the singer say Singletary died from a blood clot. He was 46.

He was born in Cairo, Georgia, and moved to Nashville in 1990. He was discovered by country-music legend Randy Travis after Travis recorded one of Singletary’s songs and recommended Singletary to his management team.

Singletary’s 1995 eponymous debut spawned four singles, including “I Let Her Lie,” which reached No. 2 on the U.S. Country chart, and his signature song, “Too Much Fun,” which peaked at No. 4. He released seven studio albums and a compilation project during his career. “Ain’t It the Truth” reached No. 18.




A big part of the return of the honky tonk sound to country music in the 1990s, Singletary collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, and Vince Gill.

Several artists paid tribute to Singletary on Twitter Monday.

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear that Daryle Singletary has passed away,” Travis Tritt tweeted. “He was a true country voice and his talent will be sorely missed. Praying for Daryle’s friends and family.”

Neal McCoy called Singletary one of the best voices in country music, tweeting ,”God’s choir just got a lead singer.”




Singletary toured regularly and played his first shows of the year last weekend. He was scheduled to play in Hickory, South Carolina, Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Holly; sons, Jonah and Mercer; daughters, Nora and Charlotte; his parents, Roger and Anita Singletary; and brother Kevin Singletary. R.

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