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The country music community awoke on Feb. 12 to the heartbreaking news that one of the finest voices in country music, Daryle Singletary, has passed away at his Lebanon, Tennessee, home at the age of 46.

McAlpin Entertainment broke the news on their Facebook page saying, “Completely heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend Daryle Singletary this morning. He was one of the best men we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with in this business, both professionally and personally. Please keep Daryle’s wife, Holly, and their four young children in your prayers.”

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Daryle scored his first big hits in country music in the mid-1990s with songs like the tender “I Let Her Lie,” the fun-loving romp “Too Much Fun” and the stone cold country hit, “Amen Kind of Love” which all went Top 5 on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs chart. And although chart success had eluded him in recent years, Daryle was still in demand as a performer and maintained an active touring schedule, taking his traditional country sound on the road. In fact, he was one of the country greats who participated in the memorial service for Mel Tillis at the Ryman Auditorium in late January. He had also been scheduled to perform in Dadeville, Alabama, as recently as Feb. 9 and in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Feb. 10.

After hearing the tragic news, country stars took to social media to express their grief. Among them were Craig Campbell, John Michael Montgomery and Trent Tomlinson.

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Yet another gem in the Georgia country music crown, Daryle hailed from tiny Cairo in the southern part of the state. He moved to Nashville after high school and began his country music career performing at open mic nights and singing demos.

Daryle is survived by his wife, Holly, 7-year-old twin boys Mercer and Jonah, 5-year-old daughter Nora Carolina and 3-year-old daughter Charlotte Rose.

No details have been released yet regarding Daryle’s untimely cause of death. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Our deepest sympathies are with Holly and the Singletary babies, as well as with all of Daryle’s family, friends and fans.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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