Kevin Sharp, the country artist best known for his 1996 remake of Tony Rich’s “Nobody Knows,” died Saturday in his Redding, California home. He was 43.
According to a statement on the singer’s website: “We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST. . Born on December 10, 1970, Kevin took the Country Music scene by storm with his first #1 hit, “Nobody Knows.” He had several other hits to his name and in the last few years, traveled the country with an extremely successful Motivational Speaking career. Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.”
In the late 1980s, Sharp beat the odds by surviving a form of blood cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. Ironically, it was this battle with cancer that precipitated his emergence as a country artist. The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for Sharp to meet noted producer David Foster, and after his recovery, Sharp began sending Foster demo tapes, leading to a record deal with Asylum Records. His debut single “Nobody Knows” went to the top of the Country charts, and his debut album The Measure of a Man was certified Gold.
While Sharp had not charted since his sophomore album Love Is, he continued to be active as a motivational speaker, author, and spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A memorial for Kevin Sharp is currently being planned in Nashville. His website requests that any donations made in his memory be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.