Daryle Bruce Singletary (March 10, 1971 – February 12, 2018) was an American country music singer. Between 1995 and 1998, he recorded for Giant Records, for which he released three studio albums: Daryle Singletary in 1995, All Because of You in 1996 and Ain't It the Truth in 1998. In the same timespan, Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times, reaching number two with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and number four with "Too Much Fun".
Singletary performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007
|Birth name||Daryle Bruce Singletary|
|Born||March 10, 1971|
Cairo, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||February 12, 2018 (aged 46)|
Lebanon, Tennessee, U.S.
In 2000, Singletary switched to Audium Entertainment (a division of Koch Entertainment), where he released the albums Now and Again (2000) and That's Why I Sing This Way (2002), both of which were largely composed of cover songs. A third album of covers, 2007's Straight from the Heart, was issued on the independent Shanachie Records label. He returned to E1 Music in 2010, to release Rockin' in the Country.
Daryle Singletary was born March 10, 1971, in Cairo, Georgia. His father, Roger Singletary, was a postal worker, while his mother, Anita, was a hair dresser. At an early age, he sang gospel music with his cousins and brother. Later on, in high school, he began taking vocal classes as well. In 1990, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in pursuit of a record deal.
In Nashville, he found work singing during open-mic nights at various venues, before finding work as a demo singer. One of the demos that Singletary sang was "An Old Pair of Shoes", which Randy Travis eventually recorded. Travis recommended Singletary to his management team, who helped him sign to a recording contract with Giant Records.
1995–1996: Self-titled albumEdit
Singletary's self-titled debut album was released in 1995. The lead-off single, "I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations", spent one week in the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts, peaking at No. 39. It was followed by his biggest hit, the No. 2 "I Let Her Lie". This album also produced the No. 4 "Too Much Fun" and finally "Working It Out" at No. 50. Despite the two Top Five hits it produced, the album sold poorly and reached No. 44 on Top Country Albums. The album was produced by David Malloy, James Stroud and Randy Travis.
1996–1997: All Because of YouEdit
A second album for Giant, All Because of You, was released in 1996. Although its lead-off single "Amen Kind of Love" became his second No. 2 hit that year, the album's other two tracks — "The Used to Be's" and "Even the Wind" — both fell short of Top 40, peaking at number 48 and 68 respectively.
1998–1999: Ain't It the TruthEdit
Ain't It the Truth, his third and final album for Giant, produced a minor hit in "The Note", which peaked at No. 28 on the country charts and No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite this song's minor crossover success, however, this album also saw its second and third singles miss the Top 40, and Singletary was dropped from Giant's roster.
2000–2001: Now and AgainEdit
In 2000, Singletary signed to Audium/Koch Entertainment to release his fourth album, 2000's Now and Again. This album's lead-off single was a cover of Savage Garden's 1999 pop single "I Knew I Loved You". Following it were "I've Thought of Everything" at No. 70, and the album's title track, which failed to chart.
2002–2003: That's Why I Sing This WayEdit
His second album for Audium/Koch, That's Why I Sing This Way, was mostly a cover album save for the title track. Both "That's Why I Sing This Way" and a cover of Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down" were released from this album, respectively reaching No. 47 and No. 43.
2003–2018: Later yearsEdit
After Audium/Koch closed its country division, Singletary signed to Shanachie Records. His first project for the label was a second album, 2007's Straight from the Heart, which was also largely composed of cover songs. Its singles, "I Still Sing This Way" and "Jesus & Bartenders", both failed to chart.
In 2009, Singletary returned to Koch under the label's new name of E1 Music. He released his next single, "Love You With the Lights On" in February. The single was the lead-off single to a new album, Rockin' in the Country, released in June 2009.
Singletary died at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, on the morning of February 12, 2018. His cause of death was reported by family to be from a blood clot. In 2018, Platinum Records Nashville released a posthumous single titled "She's Been Cheatin' on Us". Although the label announced that the song's proceeds were to benefit his family, a representative of the singer stated that no such fund existed, and that the recording was a demo that was never meant to be released.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|All Because of You||
|Ain't It the Truth||
|Now and Again||
|That's Why I Sing This Way||
|Straight from the Heart||74||—||—|
|Rockin' in the Country||
|There's Still a Little Country Left||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
(with Rhonda Vincent)
|Live In Concert||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1995||"I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations"||39||—||35||Daryle Singletary|
|"I Let Her Lie"||2||—||2|
|"Too Much Fun"||4||—||10|
|1996||"Workin' It Out"||50||—||56|
|"Amen Kind of Love"||2||—||2||All Because of You|
|1997||"The Used to Be's"||48||—||85|
|"Even the Wind"||68||—||—|
|1998||"The Note"||28||90||70||Ain't It the Truth|
|"That's Where You're Wrong"||49||—||—|
|"My Baby's Lovin'"||44||—||88|
|2000||"I Knew I Loved You"||55||—||—||Now and Again|
|"I've Thought of Everything"||70||—||—|
|2001||"Now and Again"||—||—||—|
|2002||"That's Why I Sing This Way"||47||—||—||That's Why I Sing This Way|
|"I'd Love to Lay You Down"||43||—||—|
|2007||"I Still Sing This Way"||—||—||—||Straight from the Heart|
|"Jesus & Bartenders"||—||—||—|
|2009||"Love You With the Lights On"||—||—||—||Rockin' in the Country|
|2015||"Spilled Whiskey"||—||—||—||There's Still a Little Country Left|
|2016||"We're Not Going to Hell for Having a Hell of a Time"||—||—||—||N/A|
|2017||"One" (with Rhonda Vincent)||—||—||—||American Grandstand|
|2018||"She's Been Cheatin' On Us"||—||—||—||N/A|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|1995||"I'm Living Up to Her Low Expectations"||Planet Pictures/Scene Three|
|"I Let Her Lie"||Steven T. Miller/R. Brad Murano|
|"Too Much Fun"|
|1996||"Workin' It Out"||Jeffrey Phillips|
|"Amen Kind of Love"|
|1997||"The Used to Be's"||Marc Ball|
|"The Note"||Jim Hershleder|
|2000||"I Knew I Loved You"||David McClister|
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