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Country Singer

Local Address: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
 
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TEI - National - Kevin Sharp, Country Music Recording Artist
www.teinorth.com, 2 Dec 2013 [cached]
Kevin Sharp | More TEI - National - Kevin Sharp, Country Music Recording Artist
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KEVIN SHARP
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As an award winning vocalist, entertainer, cancer survivor and now one of the country's top speakers, Kevin Sharp has seen and done it all.
With a platinum debut album, Measure Of A Man, scores of award nominations and a string of chart topping hits, including "She's Sure Taking It Well," "If You Love Somebody,' and the highly acclaimed "Nobody Knows" - which held the top spot on Billboard's Country Singles Chart for an astonishing four weeks, marking the best debut by a new male country singer in five years -- Kevin is no stranger to musical success. But Kevin has experienced his share of heartbreak as well, which is evident in the emotional portrayal of his songs that has become his trademark with fans and critics alike.
Kevin Sharp grew up in Weiser, Idaho in a musical family of seven children. Between farm chores and running the local diner, the family would sing at area church functions. They moved to Sacramento, California as Kevin was entering his second year of high school. A gifted athlete who excelled in several sports, Kevin began experiencing fatigue and unexplained pain that was later diagnosed as a rare form of bone cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma) that had spread to his lungs. A senior in high school, Kevin was told that his chance of survival was slim.
Uncertain if he would live six months, Kevin was introduced to the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. They honored his wish of meeting 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.
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To everyone's surprise, Kevin went into remission in 1990.
He has never forgotten the generosity of the Make A Wish Foundation, and currently acts as a national spokesperson for the group. He was also honored with the prestigious "Wish granter of the Year Award', which singled him out for the devotion, dedication and inspiration he provides the children. To date, Kevin is the only wish child to become the wish request of other wish kids, making his wish experience come full circle.
Kevin has carried this same dedication into his musical career garnering 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, "Favorite New Country Artist" from the American Music Awards, Billboard Magazine's Best New Country Video and TNN/Music City News Awards "Male Star Of Tomorrow."
He was on Billboard magazine's Top 10 list for both Country Artist and Country Album, picked up a trophy for the CMT "Rising Male Video Star of the Year" and was crowned the "Sexiest Man" by Sacramento's News And Review.
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After surviving the many ups and downs of the music business the past few years, Kevin has just signed a recording contract with Cupit Records! He has also just released his first book, Tragedy's Gift, which encourages others to never give up on life or on their dreams, which is available for sale at - www.traaedvsgift.com. Touring, motivational speaking, writing, and singing better than ever, look for Kevin to be back on top where millions of fans can see and hear him once again!
Kevin Sharp: KevinFriends: Love Is!
kevinfriends.largerdesign.com, 2 Dec 2013 [cached]
The Unofficial Friends' Page Dedicated to Kevin Sharp!
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Kevin Sharp, Love Is
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Presenting the second fantastic album from country singer Kevin Sharp, released June 23, 1998 from Asylum/Elektra!
PLEASE call your local radio stations and request the single from the album: If She Only Knew!
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5. Still Love (Kevin Sharp / Chris Farren / Skip Ewing)
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Kevin Sharp, Love Is
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Kevin Sharp is nothing short of a powerhouse, and he proves it with LOVE IS.
A muscular vocal style is Sharp's signature and he flexes it at every opportunity throughout the 11 pop-flavored tracks.
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Atypical sounds abound; a scratchy guitar here, an R&B flavored rhythm track there, to signal that Sharp is an artist that will stand out in the crowd.
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Kevin Sharp, Love Is
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His debut album Measure of A Man, and its big hit "Nobody Knows" marked Kevin as a promising newcomer. This collection of strong material should solidify his position among the ranks of hot young singers.
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Kevin Sharp, Love Is
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Kevin Sharp, who gained prominence as a cancer survivor who attained his dream of becoming a country singer, has convinced country observers that he has the chops to maintain a viable career. He's most effective with punched-up, emotional, uptempo ballads and expressive tunes such as "So Tears Won't Fall" or "The "Last Time. Sharp has a winning delivery that works on the current single, the Caribbean-tinged "Love Is All That Really Matters," but the overwhelming impression here is of a collection of disparate songs - five co-written by producer Chris Farren - that don't impressively stand out from the current pack of Nashville compositions.
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Elektra, Asylum, the Kevin Sharp Friends Club, and Kevin Sharp's management are not affiliated with these pages in any manner.
Kevin Sharp - LDS Musician
www.ldsmusicworld.com, 4 Dec 2010 [cached]
Kevin Sharp
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Kevin Sharp "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.'" 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, LOVE IS.   Dreaming? Hardly. Kevin has worked hard at achieving the success that was little more than a vision several years ago.
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"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 LOVE IS all that really matters."
Kevin can't sing songs he doesn't believe in and the well of experience he draws from is deep and powerful.
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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.
"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.
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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.
Kevin 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 -- a rare form of bone cancer that had spread to his lungs. Hi chance of survival was slim.
Uncertain he would live six months, Kevin was introduced to the Make A Wish foundation. They asked his heart's desire. 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.
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"Anything that ever touched me he had something to do with -- he either produced it, arranged it, or performed it," Sharp says. 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.
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. 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.
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The label offered Kevin a deal.
Gratitude, loyalty, obligation, and honor are tenets he live by and Kvin 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. 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.
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.
"It has been the best yearof my life," he says.
Make-A-Wish Foundation : Supporters : Celebrity Spotlight
wish.org, 10 Dec 2011 [cached]
Read more about Kevin Sharp | Next Celebrity Make-A-Wish Foundation : Supporters : Celebrity Spotlight
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Perhaps no one demonstrates how to share the power of a wish® better than Kevin Sharp. His experience as a wish child and now a country music sensation serve as an inspiration for other wish children facing the same physical and emotional battles that come with a life-threatening medical condition.
Kevin was referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a high-school senior in 1989. As an active teenager who loved singing and was planning a football career, Kevin was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that had metastasized in his lungs, and he was given only a 20-percent chance to live.
Kevin Sharp with Wish Children
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Kevin Sharp with Wish Children
Giving Voice to a Wish
Kevin's wish was to meet record composer and producer David Foster, whose music had inspired Kevin throughout his life.
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for a meeting between the two and probably no one except Kevin may have realized how monumental this meeting would be for him, country music, and for many wish children in the future.
During their meeting, Kevin indicated that he was interested in someday pursuing a musical career. Over the next few years, Kevin defied everyone's expectations except his own and fought his cancer successfully into remission. He and Foster maintained a friendship throughout his recovery, and Foster soon came to find that Kevin was truly musically gifted.
Now, more than 15 years later, Kevin, the former wish child, has risen into a country music singing sensation. His signature song, "Nobody Knows" soared to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart for four consecutive weeks, and shortly after, his Measure of a Man album went platinum.
Sharing the Power of a Wishand a Song
But Kevin is special in another way. Because of his bout with cancer, Kevin feels a strong connection with other wish children. He shares his story and his heart with children with life-threatening medical conditions across the country. He has granted more than a dozen wishes to children wanting to meet him; he meets with hundreds of wish children through special events and surprise hospital visits; he performs concerts to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and he has been a PSA spokesperson for the Foundation. For his efforts, Kevin was presented with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Wish Granter of the Year Award in 1997.
Kevin, like many other wish children, credits the Make-A-Wish Foundation with helping to re-instill in him a sense of hope and optimism through a positive, life-affirming and lifelong wish experience. Kevin received his wish and he continues to live his dream.
KSE ..:: Contact ::.. 1-800-624-3779
www.ksegaming.com, 20 Nov 2003 [cached]
Kevin Sharp :: ksharp@ksegaming.comPresident
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