Daron Norwood

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Daron Norwood
Birth name Daron Jay Norwood
Born (1965-09-30)September 30, 1965
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.[1]
Origin Tahoka, Texas, U.S.
Died July 22, 2015(2015-07-22) (aged 49)
Hereford, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, harmonica
Years active 1993–2015
Labels Giant, KIS, D10 Records

Daron Jay Norwood (September 30, 1965 – July 22, 2015) was an American country music singer. He released two albums for Giant Records and charted six times on Hot Country Songs.

Musical career[edit]

Signed to Giant Records in 1993, he released two albums (1994's Daron Norwood and 1995's Ready, Willing and Able)[2] for the label and charted six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Two singles off his debut album, "If It Wasn't For Her I Wouldn't Have You" and "Cowboys Don't Cry", both made the country Top 40.[1] The title track of his second album was later a Top 20 hit in 1996 for Lari White.

In late 1994, Norwood co-wrote and sang "Little Boy Lost" on the BNA Records album Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album, a tribute to Keith Whitley which featured a mix of original songs, covers of Whitley's material, and new compositions.[3] Norwood also sang "Working Elf Blues" on the 1995 multi-artist album Giant Country Christmas, Volume 1.[1][4]

Controversy[edit]

In Panhandle, TX on September 17, 2009, Norwood caused quite the stir at the local Panhandle Junior High Basketball Gym. From KFDA, out of Amarillo, TX:

"The buzz word among Panhandle students right now is "crazy."  That is how they describe a school assembly on Tuesday that was meant to keep them off drugs, but instead left them a little scared.

A senior who attended the assembly says Daron Norwood "wasn't ready at all and he just was saying all this crazy stuff and we just freaked out and he told us to bow our heads and he was yelling at us and stuff. It was kinda crazy."

Norwood, a former country music singer, says on his website he travels around the country as a motivational speaker.

But the student says instead, he "basically, he spent five minutes on drugs in an hour and 45 minute assembly."

The rest of the time, according to students, say was filled with a jumbled mix of Norwood shooting hoops, running around the gym, playing music, and shouting at students.

Another senior who was there, says "it was really random. He would stop and start talking for like 5 seconds, then play music again. It was just really weird."

So weird that it apparently included a story about Norwood's grandfather "screwing whores."  After a while, students say they started to get scared.

A third student, a senior, says she was concerned "when he started yelling at the kids, the principal, and the coaches, it kinda scared me for a minute. I thought, if someone pushes him any further, what's gonna happen?"

A teacher finally pulled the fire alarm to get students out of the gym. After that, police officers were also called to the school, and the chief says Norwood was cooperative but slow in packing up and leaving. They attribute his bizarre speech to some kind of mental problem."[5]

Personal life[edit]

On November 5, 1995, Norwood decided to quit his career as a country singer because of his addiction to alcohol. He told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal that during that time period, he was consuming 20 to 25 shots of Jack Daniel's a night.[6]

Norwood also served as a motivational speaker. His program, called "Keep It Straight", was developed to warn children of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Daron married Suella McCarty on July 5, 2009. Daron and Suella Norwood had a son on April 21, 2010, named Daylan Jaron Norwood.

Norwood was found dead in his Hereford, Texas apartment by his landlord on the afternoon of July 22, 2015. The Associated Press reported he was last seen the previous night by friends. Hereford police spokesperson, Capt. Kirsten Williams, stated on July 23 that Norwood's body showed no signs of trauma and that investigators did not suspect foul play. Williams further stated that cause of death was still pending.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Daron Norwood
Ready, Willing and Able
  • Release date: March 28, 1995
  • Label: Giant Records
I Still Believe
  • Release date: August 3, 2012
  • Label: D10 records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1993 "If It Wasn't for Her I Wouldn't Have You" 26 12 Daron Norwood
1994 "Cowboys Don't Cry" 24 22
"If I Ever Love Again" 48 52
1995 "Bad Dog, No Biscuit" 50 67 Ready, Willing and Able
"My Girl Friday" 58
2002 "In God We Trust" N/A
2011 "Take Me Back" I Still Believe
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1995 "The Working Elf Blues" 75 Giant Country Christmas Volume 1

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "If It Wasn't for Her, I Wouldn't Have You"[8] Marc Ball
1994 "Cowboys Don't Cry"
"If I Ever Love Again"
1995 "Bad Dog, No Biscuit"
"My Girl Friday"
2002 "In God We Trust"
2010 "Take Me Back"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 296. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Daron Norwood biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  4. ^ Parisien, Roch. "Giant Country Christmas, Vol. 1". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Students Say Former Singer's Behavior "Crazy" During Speech". http://www.newschannel10.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11. External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Country singer Norwood teams with golfer for benefit link
  7. ^ Associated Press (July 23, 2015). "Country singer Daron Norwood found dead in Texas apartment". Fox News via the Associated Press. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Daron Norwood : If It Wasn't For Her". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 12, 2013.