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Thursday, 5 May, 2011 11:18 PM
Country star Daryle Singletary continues touring for 16 straight years
SAGINAW, Mich. -- Not many musicians can say they have been touring for the last 16 years in-a-row. But this country music singer can. Daryle Singletary hit the road for the first time in 1996 and hasn't taken a year off since. He was born on March 10, 1971 in Cairo, Georgia. The country star actually started out as a gospel singer. Singletary was recognized by Randy Travis and he was later signed to a record deal. He recently entertained audiences at concerts in Jackson, Mich. and Saginaw, Mich. Look for him in a town near you.
"I'm a big country fan, I think there's a fine line between country music and gospel music," Singletary said in an exclusive interview. "It's all real, especially the kind of music I love. I love traditional country music. I think a lot of the great country singers grew up singing gospel. I just love the country music."
The country singer has had many hit singles over the years, but which is his favorite to perform?
"Probably, 'Too Much Fun' for more than one reason," he answered. "It's a fun song, it was a big hit for us. A lot of people know it and it's the last song of the night. It's the end of the show."
Was this your first time performing in Saginaw? How do you think the show went tonight?
"No, I think we actually played this theater a couple of years ago," Singletary explained. "It was two or three years ago. I thought it went great. I couldn't really see the crowd to see how many people were here. They were very responsive and very nice. I think one thing we found about Michigan, up here in this area, they love country music. We love coming up here and playing for them. We had a great time."
Can you give me some highlights of your latest album, Rockin' in the Country?
"Charlie Daniels is actually singing on it, the title track," the country singer said. "Rhonda Vincent, who is a great bluegrass singer, her and her brother Darrin, who's a member of Dailey and Vincent, they're on the record with me just doing harmony. It's just a fun record, all new songs. I'm just thankful it's doing good."
What's the story behind your current single, "Love You With the Lights On"?
"A couple of my buddies wrote that song," he added. "I demo ed it one day. They called and said, 'We got a song for you to sing for us.' I said alright. I went over and sang the song for them. My wife actually inspired me to revisit that song. We did and it kind of worked out."
Congratulations on your twin boys. How does it feel to have two little ones running around?
"It feels different, for sure," Singletary explained. "It's a lot of work, we're real busy. But I tell you, there ain't nothing in the world like it. It's changed our lives and really made us appreciate life even more and realize that there is such a thing as unconditional love. Mercer is the oldest by a minute and Jonah is the other boy. It's fun."
What do you think of reality shows like Nashville Star, American Idol and The Voice?
"I think it's an opportunity to be exposed," the country artist said. "I'm the old school man. I believe we ought to pay our dues. I believe we ought to have to sing in a smoky bar and dig through the trenches. A lot of this is easy, it's just too easy. To be on the show at 15, 16 years old and be able to be in this business is kind of tough for me being in it as long as I have and having to work as hard as I did to swallow that. Bless them, if you can get in this business and make success, that's awesome."
Blake Shelton is one of the judges on NBC's The Voice. Would you consider being a judge on one of those type of shows?
"I probably would consider it, I might be harder on people than Blake is," he added. "Blake is funny, he's a big jokester. He's a buddy of mine and I don't think there's a serious bone in his body. Yeah, I'd probably consider it, I think it would be fun."
You've got a pretty busy tour schedule this summer. How does it feel to be on the road continuously for so many years?
"We do actually, this is probably one of the busiest summers we've had," Singletary responded. "I'm very thankful for that. I just hope it continues for another 16 years. I hope to come back to Saginaw sometime and have a little bit 'Too Much Fun.'"
Where do you hope to be in the next five years musically?
"I've made my first record in '95," the country singer said. "I wouldn't have predicted that I would still be here today and I've said that from day one. Five years, ten years down the road and it is even more true now. I've had twin boys, I've got a wonderful marriage, I've got a beautiful wife and I've got a wonderful life. I've always answered this question the same way--If I'm as happy and enjoying what I'm doing in five years, then that is all I can ask for."
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The smoke was billowing as Daryle Singletary came on stage in Saginaw, Mich.
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A close-up of Daryle Singletary as he performs.
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