Daron Norwood, Christian Country Singer, Dies at 49

Daron Norwood

Country music singer and Christian Daron Norwood has been found dead in his Texas apartment. Hereford police spokesman Capt. Kirsten Williams said Thursday that investigators do not suspect foul play in Norwood's death. He was 49.

Williams says a cause of death was pending. Norwood's landlord found his body Wednesday afternoon. Norwood was last seen Tuesday night with friends. The landlord stopped to check on Norwood, let himself in and found the singer's body in a bedroom. Williams says the body had no signs of trauma.

The son of a preacher, Norwood moved to Nashville in 1988. After signing his record deal, he charted six entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, going as high as No. 24 with "Cowboys Don't Cry" in 1994. Another top 40 hit, "If It Wasn't For Her I Wouldn't Have You," reached No. 26.

However, Norwood chose to walk away from the business in 1995 after releasing his sophomore album, Ready, Willing, and Able. He cited his struggle with alcohol abuse as a reason for his decision. The singer wasn't done with recording, however.

In 2002, he resurfaced on Nashville indie label Lofton Creek with "In God We Trust," a song that made some impact at secondary radio as well as Southern Gospel stations across the United States. Longtime industry exec Mike Borchetta -- who ran the label -- said the singer was a pleasure to work with.

"He was such a talented person and artist. It's so sad for him to be leaving us this young. He was a lot of fun to be around," he said, adding that it was on the suggestion of longtime radio broadcaster Lon Helton that he take a chance on the singer. Norwood released a third and final album, I Still Believe, in 2012, on the D10 label.


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