Kraig Pride Bio, Wiki
Kraig Pride who goes by the name Carlton is a musician who is best known for being the son of Charley Pride, an American singer, musician, guitarist, business owner, and professional baseball player. The legendary baritone singer broke barriers as the first Black country superstar and first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is being reported that Pride has died in Dallas, Texas on December 12, 2020, of complications from COVID-19. He was 86 years old.
Kraig Pride Family
Kraig Pride Parents, Charley Pride, and Rozene met while playing baseball in Memphis. They married in 1956 while Pride was on Christmas leave from Army basic training, and had two sons, Kraig and Dion, and a daughter, Angela. They resided in Dallas, Texas.
Kraig now goes by the name Carlton and has somewhat followed in his father’s footsteps as a performing artist. His band, Carlton Pride and Zion, started in San Marcos, Texas, in 1995 and they perform a variety of reggae, funk, and soul music throughout the United States. Dion has been known to cover his father’s songs… and he sounds just like him! Below, Dion sings his father’s signature song alongside Lorrie Morgan.
Charley Pride Death & Cause
Charley Pride died on Saturday, December 12th due to complications from COVID-19, according to a statement from publicist, Jeremy Westby. He was 86 years old. While it is unclear if Pride’s contracting of COVID-19 was linked to the CMA Awards, the Country Music Association did come under fire at that time for going ahead with a live, in-person, mostly maskless ceremony, at an indoor venue, Nashville’s Music City Center, during a week when there had been a coronavirus spike in Tennessee (the state had just reported its highest single-day increase four days earlier, with 5,071 new cases).
I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you. (1/2)
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 12, 2020
Pride is survived by his wife, Ebby Rozene Cohran Pride, four siblings, three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the Pride family requests that donations be made to the Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Philips School, and Community Center, the Food Bank, or another charity of one’s choice. Upon hearing the news of the pioneering country artist’s death, his fans and friends took to social media to grieve and pay tribute.