Kevin Sharp brings talent and inspiration to the Defiance County Fair – Kevin Sharp is a man with plenty to sing about. The 27 year old cancer survivor and chart-topping country music artist says he can’t sing songs he doesn’t believe in.
It is the emotion Sharp puts into his music that has contributed to his steady climb to the top echelon of country musicians. His first album “Measure of a Man” in January 1997, earned Sharp numerous nominations including New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music, Favorite New Artist from the American Music Awards and the New Touring Artist of the Year from the CMA.
The album produced a number of hits for Sharp, including the No. 1 song “Nobody Knows”, and chart-toppers: “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody”.
“Love is so many different things to each of us”, said Sharp about his latest release “Love Is”. “Throughout my life I’ve learned the importance of loving and being loved. …. A big part of what I hope to do through my music is to show the importance of loving one another, because, truly, love is all that matters.”
Success in life was once not nearly as important as life itself for Sharp, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer that spread to his lungs about 10 years ago. Things looked pretty bleak for Sharp, who was told he might die within six months. However, after two years of chemotherapy, drug treatments and radiation, Sharp’s cancer miraculously went into remission.
Through this ordeal, Sharp became involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gave him the opportunity to meet someone he respected throughout his life, music producer David Foster. Today, Sharp still works hand-in-hand with Make-A-Wish, acting as spokesman and even fulfilling some wishes from fans who want to meet him. He is also active in the cancer research fundraising effort, lending his name to a facility at the Tulane Cancer Center, New Orleans.
“A boy named Matthew gave me the most valuable thing I will ever get in my life – no award, nothing could match what he did for me,” said Sharp. “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 years old. He died two days later.
“That’s what music means. Matthew illustrates the power of music and its ability to reach and move people at the most difficult time of their life. that is what music meant to me when I had cancer, and that’s what it meant to Matt.”
Sharp will appear Sunday, August 22, in the Grandstand. Tickets will go on sale June 15, at all Ticket Master locations. (219)424-1811. They are also on sale at: LuJo’s in Sherwood; Newmans, Defiance; Mike’s Pennzoil, Bryan; both Defiance Chief grocery stores and the Hicksville Bank in Hicksville.
Don’t miss this show – If you go, you will be a fan for life. If you don’t go, you will hate yourself when your friends tell you what you missed…… See you there!!!!!