Family and friends are mourning the loss of professional country and blues singer Sharonmarie Fisher-Laughrey, who died Saturday in a single-vehicle collision near her
In her 63 years, she sang at the Grand Ole Opry, taught students and rock musicians, wrote and recorded many songs and shared the stage with hundreds, including
"I want to say (she was) larger than life. But she wasn't. Nothing is," said her son,
Fisher was on her way home to get dressed for a performance at the
Although she was born in the
In the 1970s, she sang with the local Top-40 band Jezzebel Cain in a
When it comes to the music industry, she has been there and done that, according to Maldonado. But, Fisher's passion was more than music. She expressed a desire to inspire and help others who faced the trials and tribulations of life she had come to know.
She used her voice over the last few decades to raise money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Fisher was diagnosed with HIV in the mid-1980s and came close to death in the advanced stage of AIDS before having a miraculous recovery due to a combination of lifestyle changes and a new drug cocktail. Over the last few decades, her bones became frail and she had a lot of ailments.
When she thought she was nearing the end of her life in 1992, she wrote a song, "Take Me To
"You get Sharonmarie 100 percent, whether you like it or not," he said.
She played many benefit concerts, including to raise funds for the Williams fire relief in 1998, and spent much of her time doing benefit performances to raise funds for children with AIDS. She worked to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS through the
Just a few weeks before her death, Fisher wrote, "God is good. I never thought I would see this day 29 years ago after being diagnosed with HIV. To use my music to educate the uneducated and to share the love is my purpose in life."
"Things that were important to her were love, life and happiness. Music was what she did. It was her busy," Maldonado said. "Her drive for music wasn't always the same. Her drive for happiness and love was always constant and that was her."
"She's gone, but she will most likely not be forgotten for some time," said Maldonado. "She touched a lot of hearts and people are paying their respects in droves."
Maldonado said he is arranging a
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