Pop Artist Owsley Passes

The Nashville pop-music artist billed as Owsley died Friday, April 30.

Owsley’s 1999 self-titled debut solo album on Giant Records was nominated for a Grammy Award in the engineering field. His second, self-released, CD was titled The Hard Way.

Earlier, he was in the Nashville pop-rock band The Semantics. Owsley was also noted as a guitarist for Shania Twain and Amy Grant.

His full name was Will Owsley, and he was originally from Anniston, Alabama.

According to The Tennessean, Owsley died of an apparent suicide. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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