In Memoriam: Country Stars We Lost in 2014

A pop-country icon and the International Ambassador of Country Music were just a few of the legendary singers who died in 2014

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Dawn Sears
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Dawn Sears

Dawn Sears, who in addition to singing with four-time Grammy-nominated Western Swing band the Time Jumpers, was a longtime member of Vince Gill's touring band, lost her two-year battle with lung cancer at just 53 years old. A Minnesota native who won her first talent contest at 14, Sears moved to Nashville in 1987 and released her debut album, What a Woman Wants to Hear, in 1991. The first artist signed to the relaunched Decca label in Nashville, she released one album, Nothin' but Good, in 1994. In addition to the Time Jumpers projects and several of Gill's albums, Sears sang harmony on tunes by Tracy Byrd, Ronnie Milsap, Jim Lauderdale, Patty Loveless and Merle Haggard, among others. Her husband, fiddle player Kenny Sears, is also a member of the Time Jumpers.

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