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Photo: Nolan Neal (from his Facebook page) | By Ariana Brockingham, Today | Nolan Neal, a singer who was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice,” has died. He was 41. On Tuesday, “The Voice” confirmed Neal’s death in a tribute to him on Twitter.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of Nolan Neal,” the post said. “His incredible talent will always be remembered. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to his family and friends during this time.”

TMZ first reported the musician’s death on Tuesday. Neal’s cousin, Dylan Seal, later confirmed the news with Variety.

More details about his passing, including the cause of death, have not been shared.

Neal, a Tennessee native, auditioned for Season 15 of “America’s Got Talent” back in 2020. He performed an original track called “Lost,” which he revealed was the first song he penned after getting sober.

Before he took the stage, Neal spoke in his intro package about being in recovery from addiction.

At the time, he told the audience and judges that he hadn’t touched “the hard stuff” in 15 years.

“Good for you!” Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell cheered as the crowd applauded.

After Cowell asked Neal to further explain the meaning behind the song, the singer replied, “The hook of the song is ‘Lost for the last time.’ It’s about somebody who thinks that they don’t deserve anything because of the things they’ve done.”

He added, “I hope that it connects with you all. That’ll be the real win for me.”
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Our music community continues to lose our talented artists to COVID-19, suicides, murders – staggering loses. We are going to miss them so much. If you want to know more about any of the musicians we lost, please check them out at

July 2022
20: Alice Harnoncourt, 91, Austrian violinist; Hans-Joachim Hespos, 84, German composer; Viktor Žmegac, 93, Croatian musicologist and scholar.

19: Michael Henderson, 71, American bass guitarist (Miles Davis) and vocalist; Henkie, 76, Dutch singer; Richard Seal, 86, English organist and conductor.

18: Vincent DeRosa*, 101, American hornist; Povl Dissing, 84, Danish singer and guitarist; Muhsin Farhan, 75, Iraqi composer; Bhupinder Singh, 82, Indian ghazal singer.

17: César Pedroso, 75, Cuban pianist (Los Van Van, Pupy y Los que Son, Son); Héctor Tricoche, 66, Puerto Rican salsa singer-songwriter.

16: Vadim Golutvin, 69, Russian guitarist, songwriter and composer; Idris Phillips, 64, American musician and composer; Mickey Rooney Jr., 77, American actor (Hot Rods to Hell, Honeysuckle Rose) and musician.

15: Pavel Deshura, 36, Russian guitarist and arranger (Pelageya); Paul Ryder, 58, English bassist (Happy Mondays).

14: William Hart, 77, American singer (The Delfonics) and songwriter (“La-La (Means I Love You)”, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”).

13: A. B. Crentsil, 78, Ghanaian singer, composer and guitarist; Michael James Jackson**, 65, American music producer (Kiss, L.A. Guns), complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia; Edana Minghella, 63, British jazz singer, cancer; Rubina Qureshi, 81, Pakistani classical singer, cancer.

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* Vincent Ned DeRosa (October 5, 1920 – July 18, 2022) was an American hornist who served as a studio musician for Hollywood soundtracks and other recordings from 1935 until his retirement in 2008. Because his career spanned over 70 years, during which he played on many film and television soundtracks and as a sideman on studio albums, he is considered to be one of the most recorded brass players of all time. He set “impeccably high standards” for the horn, and became the first horn for Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Alfred Newman, and John Williams, among others, with Williams calling him “one of the greatest instrumentalists of his generation.” DeRosa contributed to many of the most acclaimed albums of the 20th century, including some of the biggest-selling albums by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Frank Zappa, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Nilsson, Stan Kenton, Henry Mancini, The Monkees, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Tormé.

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** Michael James Jackson (c.?1956 – July 13, 2022) was an American record producer, engineer and composer best known for producing albums by Kiss in the 1980s.

He worked with other bands such as Armored Saint, L.A. Guns, Red Rider, Hurricane, and Pablo Cruise, and collaborated with numerous producers, songwriters and artists including Paul Williams, Jesse Colin Young, Hoyt Axton, Lauren Wood, and Paul Stanley. His production work earned him eight gold and six platinum record awards.

Jackson died from complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia on July 13, 2022, at the age of 65.

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