Troy Gentry, Remembered 1967 – 2017

Troy Gentry, Remembered 1967 - 2017

Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash Friday afternoon in New Jersey. He was 50.

“When we lose someone so young in our business, it shocks us all, especially one as dedicated to the Country Music community and widely loved,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “I worked on many projects with Eddie and Troy since the band formed in 1999 and always appreciated Troy’s energy and passion –particularly for performing and for the fans. My heart breaks for his family and band as they adjust to this sudden loss.”

A native of Lexington, KY, and always-smiling, Gentry was born in 1967 and showed early talent. He met his duo partner Eddie Montgomery through his brother John Michael Montgomery and the three were in a number of Kentucky-based groups together in some combination before John Michael left to successfully pursue a solo career. Gentry won a national singing contest in 1994 and attempted to win a solo deal with a Nashville record label. He returned to Kentucky without success and joined Eddie Montgomery in a duo called Deuce. They changed the name to Montgomery Gentry when they signed with Columbia Nashville in the late 1990s – a deal that would forge three Platinum-selling albums. – Tattoos & Scars, My Town, and You Do Your Thing.

They charted 16 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and five No. 1s, garnering 15 career CMA Awards nominations, which led to a win for Vocal Duo of the Year in 2000. They were welcomed into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009 and were best known for singles “Something to Be Proud Of,” “My Town,” “Where I Come From,” and “Gone.” Gentry served on the CMA Board of Directors for five years (2006-2010).

The duo went independent in 2011 and continued to tour frequently, occupying a special place in modern Country Music history. With a sometimes rowdy personality and upbeat Southern rock outlook, the duo helped usher in the era of party rock to the Country genre.

Gentry is survived by his parents, wife Angie, and two daughters Kaylee and Taylor.

The Country Music Industry Remembers Troy Gentry and Don Williams

Shocked to hear the news about Troy Gentry today. When i was coming up as a new artist, he and Eddie were always extremely cool and supportive of me and my career and i will always have nothing but respect for those guys. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP “T-Roy” – Jason Aldean

So sad to hear about the passing of Troy Gentry. Always loved playing shows with MG. Sending up prayers for his & the rest of the MG family. – A Thousand Horses

Deepest Sympathies to friends fans and family of Troy Gentry, Rest In Peace brother. – Bellamy Brothers

2 legends lost at once. Troy Gentry and Don Williams will be missed so much. Praying for their families and may they rest in peace. – Big & Rich

The world changed today. Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed. – Lee Brice

Country music is at loss today. Our prayers are with the families of Don Williams & Troy Gentry. It’s a sad day. – Luke Bryan

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Troy Gentry. We are all incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. Your music will live on! – Chase Bryant

Troy Gentry is someone I considered a friend, and we are all absolutely numb right now. Sending love to his wife Angie and their children. – Terri Clark

Man, what a sad day in country music. Rest easy Don and Troy – Luke Combs

Just heard the news about Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Country music lost a hero and a friend today. My heart goes out to all. – Easton Corbin

Saddened to learn about the tragic passing of Troy Gentry. He was a buddy. – Cowboy Troy

So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends. – Sheryl Crow

I remember the night I got to tell Troy and Eddie they were going to become members of the Grand Ole Opry. So sad – Charlie Daniels

Rest in peace Don Williams
You left us a lot great musical memories – Charlie Daniels

RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family. – Dan + Shay

Absolutely heartbreaking. God bless his beautiful family and all who will mourn this great loss. – Charles Esten

So sad to learn of Troy Gentry’s passing today. Truly horrible. Prayers for his family and loved ones. – Sara Evans

My thoughts & prayers are with the families and friends of Don Williams and Troy Gentry. I will miss them both! – Crystal Gayle

We are absolutely heartbroken over the passing of Opry Member Troy Gentry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. – Grand Ole Opry

Sad day in country music. RIP Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Prayers for your families. – Randy Houser

What a sad day for country music. Don Williams was a legend, and for good reason. So many beautiful songs. – Jason Isbell

Jesus, be with Troy’s family. Troy was a GREAT human, I was glad to know him, and this loss hurts my heart. – Chris Janson

The band and I so sad to hear about Troy Gentry. We were just with them boys two weeks ago. God bless him and his family and band family. – Sammy Kershaw

Sad about Don Williams but Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him. I’m stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I’ll miss you. – Shooter Jennings

My heart breaks for the family and friends of Troy Gentry. I had the pleasure of playing shows with him and he was always so kind – Jana Kramer

Devastated to hear the news. Troy, thank you for your kindness, your spirit, your joy and the love you shared with everyone you met. – Little Big Town

Heartbroken & Devastated to hear the news about our brother Troy Gentry. Our thoughts & prayers are with him & his family. Troys friendship & encouragement to us will never be forgotten. Rest Peacefully Brother. – LOCASH

Only met Troy once. He couldn’t have been any nicer. So sad! Prayers for his family, Eddie, & all his fans! – William Michael Morgan

RIP Troy Gentry. This has absolutely stopped me in my tracks. He was always super to me through the years. So sad! – David Nail

Sad day for country music. Troy Gentry and Don Williams have passed and that makes my heart hurt. Don was my hero and Troy was my friend – Jake Owen

God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief. – Brad Paisley

Shocked and saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of Troy today. He was a friend and a good man. Prayers go out to his precious family. – Rascal Flatts

I can’t believe it…Doesn’t seem possible that Troy Gentry is gone. Big prayers for his family and Eddie. We’ll miss you Troy. – John Rich (Big & Rich)

Sending my sincere and heartfelt prayers to the families & friends of Don Williams and @T_RoyMG. – Kenny Rogers

I was saddened to hear of Don Williams passing today. His simple music, gentle voice & beautiful songs will live on forever. RIP Gentle Giant – Ricky Skaggs

Our hearts are absolutely broken with the tragic news of Troy Gentry’s passing. What a great guy, artist and friend. Our prayers go out to his family. God bless you Troy. You will be missed. – Thompson Square

So sad to hear that “Gentle Giant” Don Williams has died! What an incredible legacy of great music he leaves behind. May he RIP. – Travis Tritt

I’m speechless. Pray with me for the family of Don Williams & especially the family of Troy Gentry. It’s a heavy day for country music. – Josh Turner

What a horrible day! Learning of the loss of #DonWilliams & my friend #TroyGentry of @mgunderground. A very sad day for us all! – Mark Wills

Just heard about Troy Gentry… I literally have no words. Have known him for years and played so many shows with him and Eddie… – Chris Young