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Chris_Gaines
07-14-1999, 10:05 PM
Since some liked my last Artist of the day... I thought I'd help out Gator agian :)<BR>--------------------------------------------<BR>Today's Artist of the day is:<BR><B><I>Kevin Sharp</B></I><P><B>K</B>evin grew up in Weiser, Idaho -- home of the National Fiddle Festival -- in a large, musical family. Between farming chores and running the local diner, the family would sing at area church functions. They moved to Sacramento, Calif, as Sharp was entering high school. A gifted athlete, Sharp started experiencing fatigue and unexplained pain. He was a senior when doctors identified the problem -- <BR>a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs. His chance of survival was slim.<P> Uncertain he would live six months, Kevin was introduced to the Make A Wish foundation. They asked his heart's desire.<P> Sharp is a believer in the power of music. He had seen music move congregations of worshipers, bond his family together at difficult times and even inspire his high school football team. Music had always been anintegral part of his life and he turned to it again. Kevin wanted to meet producer/composer/performer David Foster.<P> "Anything that ever touched me he had something to do with -- he either produced it, arranged it, or performed it," Sharp says.<P> The relationship would sustain Kevin through two grueling years of chemotherapy, experimental drugs, and radiation. Much to everyone's surprise, he went into remission in 1990.<P> Once cancer free, Kevin focused his unbridled enthusiam and energy on his music. He performed at the Great America Theme Park in Northern California, he started a singing telegram business, and he sang at funerals. He kept recording his own demos with an eye toward a record deal. <P> One of his tapes landed back in Foster's hands after Foster's sister, 143 A & R executive Jaymes Foster, discovered it in a bin of music. She played it for producer Chris Farren (Deana Carter, Boy Howdy, Jeffrey Steele). Farren signed on. Three months later, David Foster organized a showcase for Asylum Records. The label offered Kevin a deal. <BR> <BR> Gratitude, loyalty, obligation, and honor are tenets he live by and Kevin has not forgotten the dark days. As a spokesman for the Make A Wish Foundation, Kevin appears in national radio and television ad campaigns; he has lent his name to a research facility at the Tulane Cancer Center in New Orleans, and raised money for St. Jude Children's Reasearch Hospital in Memphis. And, Kevin continues his mission of creating special memories and smiles for wish kids by meeting with them during soundcheck when he's touring.<P> He's the first to tell you that he has "friends," not fans. He even changed the name of his fan club to "Friends Club" to reflect his personal affection and appreciation for the people who enjoy his music. <P> And, Kevin is making "friends" wherever he goes. He has exceeded all expectations on the road. He consistently draws full houses, standing ovations, and huge autograph lines. At his first self-promoted show, Kevin sold more than 2,000 seats in less than one hour.<P> "It has been the best year of my life," he says. "There have been so many people who have made it happen. I feel bad sometimes because I don't feel like I can give back to everyone what they've given me. Just saying 'thank you' is probably the most important thing I want to get across in 1998. Because, if it all ended, I would have a lifetime of memories." "Sometimes it hits me that I'm doing what I love and it's like a dream come true," Kevin says. "It's usually when I'm in the car or riding on the bus between cities and I'm looking out the window, thinking 'Man, I'm really doing this. This is the real thing.'"<P> Look at the past year and it's easy to understand why Kevin feels as if he's living a dream -- a platinum debut album, a string of chart-topping hits, award nominations, a high-profile tour, the BMI song of the year for "Nobody Knows," an upcoming made-for-TV movie of his life and a new release, <I>LOVE IS</I>. Dreaming? Hardly. Kevin has worked hard at achieving the success that was little more than a vision several years ago.<P> He's a living contradiction: A dreamer with one eye on the here and now. He's faced death and, in the process learned to live. He's an old soul with a child's sense of astonishment. Pensive off stage, he's a wild man in concert, climbing the rafters and wading into a sea of fans. Tender with a youngster one minute, he is curling weights and throwing a football with bandmates the next. Spiritual with a keen sense of humor, he's an artist who can write a song that will bring you to tears and then cry along. <BR> <BR> <I>LOVE IS</I> is a collection of songs that deal with Kevin's growing confidence as a performer and his burgeoning love for his fans. It takes him beyond his Asylum Records debut, <I>Measure Of A Man</I>, and displays a voice that is mature and knowing, hesitant and sweet. Like Kevin, <I>LOVE IS</I> is filled with contrasts, but in the end defines that most powerful of emotions -- multifaceted, and pure and filled with wonder.<BR> <BR> "Love is so many different things to all of us," Kevin says. "Throughout my life I've learned the importance of loving and being loved. Whether it be love gained or love lost, the experience is incredible. A big part of what I hope to do through my music and this album is to show the importance of loving one another, because truly <I>LOVE IS</I> all that really matters." <P> Kevin can't sing songs he doesn't believe in and the well of experience he draws from is deep and powerful. He's at his best interpreting a lyric, and Kevin and producer Chris Farren teamed up once more on an impressive array from the feel-good, love-before-money, first cut "Love Is All That Really Matter," to the aching of "So Tears Won't Fall," the regret of "If She Only Knew" and "Still Love," a cut Kevin co-wrote. <P> Anticipation is high following the success of <I>Measure Of A Man</I>, which spawned hit after hit including the much lauded "Nobody Knows," plus chart-toppers "She's Sure Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody". The album garnered Kevin numerous award nominations including New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music, New Touring Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association/SRO and Favorite New Country Artist from the American Music Awards. In 1998, he's already nominated for TNN Music City News Country Awards Male Star of Tomorrow. <P> Kevin's acclaim doesn't end there. He was on Billboard magazine's Top 10 lists for both Country Artist and Country Album. He picked up a trophy for the CMT Rising Male Video Star of the Year and received a nomination for Billboard's best "New Artist Country Video." On the lighter side, Kevin was crowned the "Sexiest Man" by Sacramento's News and Review. <P> Trophies are nice, but the award Kevin values most is the "Wishgranter of the Year" annually bestowed by the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Kevin, who is national spokesman for the group, was singled out for the devotion, dedication and inspiration he provides the children. <BR> <BR> "A boy named Matthew gave me the most valuable thing I will ever get in this life -- no award, nothing could match what he did for me," recalls Kevin. "He wanted to meet the guy who sang 'Nobody Knows'. He didn't even know my name or that I'd had cancer or that I was a former wish child, too. The song touched him and he was only eight year old. He died two days later.<P> "That's what music means. Matthew illustrates the power of music and its ability to reach and move people at the most difficult time in their life. That's what music meant to me when I had cancer and that's what it meant to Matt."<P> Kevin's heart is obvious to anyone who has met him and his story has been showcased on several national television show including "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee", "Entertainment Tonight", CNN, ESPN, "Good Morning America", "Inside Edition", and the CBS news magazine "Coast to Coast". He also has been featured in numerous print publications including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and People. It will reach an even wider audience in 1998 with the release of a made-for-television movie produced by Warner Pictures for CBS Television.<P> Kevin's career took off in January 1997 with the success of "Nobody Knows", which held the top slot on Billboard's country singles chart for four weeks. It marked the best debut by a new male country singer in five years. It was an auspicious start to his musical career and the culmination of a lifelong dream. <P>-----------------------------------------<BR>Albums:<BR><I>Measure Of A Man</I><BR>Songs:<BR><B>1. Measure Of A Man <BR>2. Nobody Knows <BR>3. If You Love Somebody <BR>4. There's Only You <BR>5. She's Sure Taking It Well <BR>6. The Strength To Love <BR>7. Love Bomb <BR>8. I'm Already Loving You Too Much <BR>9. Population 4000 Minus 1 <BR>10. Somebody's Baby <BR>11. Love At The End Of The Road</B><P><I>LOVE IS</I><BR>Songs:<BR><B>1. Kiss The Girl <BR>2. We Can Get Through This <BR>3. If She Only Knew <BR>4. She Just Has To Be Mine <BR>5. Still Love <BR>6. I'm Trying <BR>7. Typical <BR>8. What Other Man <BR>9. So Tears Won't Fall <BR>10. Scared Like That Again <BR>11. Her Heart Is Only Human</B><BR>-------------------------------------------<P>You can visit Kevin Sharp online at:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.kevinsharp.com" TARGET=_blank>www.kevinsharp.com</A> <P>And he is National Spokesman for Make-A-Wish Foundation, They are online at:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.makeawish.org" TARGET=_blank>www.makeawish.org</A> <P>-------------------------------------------<P>Hope you enjoyed this very long winded Bio of a very couragous man in Country Music!<P> :)N

Pilgrim
07-15-1999, 01:35 AM
WHAT a story :D That was good :D<BR>There is only one problem, I don't know Kevin Sharpe :( :( but it seems like he is a really good man :)<BR>Thanx for the story and for the links :)<P>BrianN

Anonymous
07-15-1999, 06:10 AM
I really like "Nobody Knows" and "She Just Has to Be Mine". I wish his second album had more success and I hope he gets another record deal soon.N

CaptMorgan
07-15-1999, 09:23 AM
He really is an inspiration, isn't he? He pours his heart and soul into everything he does.<BR>My favorite of his has always been <B>Nobody Knows.</B><P>Catch y'all around the next bend...<P>N

honky
07-15-1999, 06:36 PM
<B>NOBODY KNOWS</B> :) <P>I like this one! alot!! <P>TommyN

t.m. fan
07-16-1999, 01:51 PM
I've always rooted for Kevin Sharp, even though I've only heard one of his songs. But it's a good one, though, "Nobody Knows". Plus, besides Merle, he's one of the few country singers I know of that are from California. N

BigGfan4life
07-16-1999, 05:26 PM
He is a very couragous person :) My favorite song by him is "She's Sure Taking It Well".N

MJ
07-19-1999, 05:14 PM
Just another tidbit...a few months ago he married country singer Neal Mccoys wifes sister(did you get all that).He and Neal are now brother-in-laws.N

07-30-1999, 08:10 PM
Don't forget my website! "KevinFriends: The unofficial friends' site dedicated to Kevin Sharp."<BR> <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/~kevinfriends/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.geocities.com/~kevinfriends/</A> <P>:-)N