RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Kevin Sharp's star rose after the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped a dream come true when he was a teen-ager.

Now 27 and a spokesman for the organization that grants wishes to seriously ill children, the rising country music star is doing his part to make some sick youngsters happy.

Sharp, whose hits include ``If You Love Somebody,'' was to meet today with nine children during a sound check for a nightclub show this weekend. He'll donate some of the show's proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When Sharp was 19 and suffering from bone cancer, Make-A-Wish made a dream come true: He met Grammy Award-winning record producer David Foster, who produced work for Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston.

Sharp got his wish, and more: In 1991, his cancer went into remission. And he became a star in his own right _ nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award as best new male vocalist.