Just a day after learning the heartbreaking news that country music lost one of its finest voices, Daryle Singletary, country singers and songwriters are celebrating the artist’s life the best way they know how. They’re singing.
“I Don’t Dance” singer Lee Brice was the first to post a musical tribute to his fellow singer. He picked up his guitar and delivered an incredibly moving version of the same song that Daryle performed at his final show, “Old Violin.”
Later, Lee’s pals and fellow singer-songwriters Trent Tomlinson, Jerrod Niemann, Tyler Reeve and Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles honored the country star with a beautiful and harmony-rich rendition of a fan favorite from Daryle’s catalog, “The Note.”
After his own week of challenges, Jason Michael Carroll seemed timid and emotional when he offered up a poignant performance of Daryle’s 1998 single, “That’s Where You’re Wrong,” from the album, “Ain’t It the Truth.”
And while social media timelines were filled with covers of the singer’s biggest hit, “I Let Her Lie,” perhaps the most special comes from one of Daryle’s former band members, Travis Mobley. In an Instagram post, Travis wrote, “Tribute to one of my old bosses and friend @darylesing who we lost today. You will be missed by so many, my friend. You were one of the good ones. Rest easy, buddy.”
Some artists went another direction in honoring the late Georgia native. Instead of covering songs Daryle recorded, they instead shared video of their performances with the singer.
Fellow Georgia singers and songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, better known as The Peach Pickers songwriting team, invited Daryle to perform at one of their Nashville showcases. And, as Ben writes, “He stole the show with good ol’ country, country music!”
One singer-songwriter, Clint Daniels, didn’t have video of himself singing a Daryle song or performing with the artist, but he did share a photo of a show where he and his sister sang with the country star. It’s his message, though, that is louder and more telling about the man Daryle was than any song he could have sung. Clint wrote, “I will never forget how much this man loved Jesus.”
Last year, Daryle and Rhonda Vincent released their duets album, “American Grandstand,” and on it, we hear two of the finest voices combine in the tradition of other legendary duos like Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, and Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner.
Rhonda shared a YouTube video of one of the tracks from the album, “As We Kiss Our World Goodbye,” and also left a heartbreaking message to Daryle’s family. “My sincere condolences to the family of Daryle Singletary,” she wrote. “I cry as I listen to this song, and remember my friend Daryle Singletary who passed today, 2/12/18. He was truly one of the greatest singers who ever lived. I will cherish the times we sang together, and remember the kindred spirit we shared. Much love and prayers to his family. Rest in peace my friend.”
We are still uncertain about what took the life of this talented and kind gentleman at the young age of 46, but the impact he left on country music is profound and indelible.