The country music world was saddened by the death of 1990s performer Daron Norwood on Wednesday at the age of 49. The singer, who was found unresponsive in his Hereford, Texas, apartment, signed with Giant Records in the early 1990s amid the boom in the format led by artists such as Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson.
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.