I first encountered Kevin Sharp in the late 90s when I introduced him as the surprise guest speaker at a country industry seminar I helped organize. By that time, he already had a Top 10 country hit. Kevin Sharp was a for-real, established, well-known country act.
After I introduced him, he made an real connection with all 800 people in the audience, starting with me. Kevin addressed us all from the heart. There was no script. He just brought us into his world and his struggle.
Even then, I could tell that Kevin Sharp felt destined for more – as an artist, as a survivor, as an author, as a person. He exuded a fighting spirit and self-belief that convinced me that he would continue to live his dream of being a performer.
Kevin was already a success at that point. But I noticed that he was still in awe that he had the opportunity to perform, that people around the world listened to his songs. His humility was honest and natural.
Kevin Sharp was proof that good people can accomplish great things and be a positive force for others. As an organization, Make-A-Wish recognized his accomplishments the reason we exist – to give the kids we serve a chance to truly live.
And as a person, I saw in Kevin a person who did everything possible to lift everyone around him.