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      Through five albums and seventeen chart hits, Darryl Worley has produced one of the most impressive and wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. He has for ten years been a mainstay of modern country, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music has chronicled life, love a... read more

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      Through five albums and seventeen chart hits, Darryl Worley has produced one of the most
      impressive and wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. He has for ten years been a mainstay
      of modern country, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music has chronicled life, love
      and the world situation with equal facility.



      He has topped the charts with singles including "I Miss My Friend," "Awful, Beautiful Life" and "Have
      You Forgotten," which accomplished the feat for one, two and an incredible seven weeks,
      respectively. He hit the Top Twenty with the first three singles from his impressive major-label debut,
      Hard Rain Don't Last--"When You Need My Love," "A Good Day to Run" and "Second Wind"--and
      followed with smashes like "If Something Should Happen," "I Just Came Back From a War" and the
      iconic, "Tennessee River Run."



      Along the way, he has sold nearly two million albums, earned nominations for five major ACM and
      CMA awards, including "Song of the Year" and "Single of the Year," and has written songs for other
      artists including George Jones.



      Now, with the release of his sixth album, Sounds Like Life, Worley reasserts himself as one of
      country's true creative forces. Sounds like Life showcases Worley as a songwriter of depth and
      passion and a singer whose versatility and believability have grown stronger through the years. The
      project is a microcosm of his life and career, with the sometimes rocky, sometimes triumphant road
      he's traveled infusing every track, and it bears both the sense of detail and the universality we've
      come to expect from the 6'6" hit-maker.



      Sounds Like Life is a master storyteller's take on modern life, a project that runs the gamut from
      show business itself ("Honky Tonk Life") to hard-won wisdom ("You Never Know," "Nothing But
      Money"). It is a journey through love ("The Best of Both Worlds," "Everyday Love," "Tequila on Ice")
      and loss ("Slow Dancing With a Memory"), and from sensuality ("Messed Up In Memphis") to
      philosophy ("When You're Doing What's Right").



      Worley jumped quickly back into the Top Twenty with the single "Sounds Like Life To Me," a song as
      accessible as it is profound. Another of the album's real high points is "Don't Show Up (If You Can't
      Get Down)," a groove song that attracted an all-star cast of participants including Jamey Johnson,
      Bill Anderson, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Steve Harwell of Smashmouth, John Cowan of the New
      Grass Revival and Ira Dean.



      The record is at once a reinvention and a return to the people and approach that marked Worley's
      dramatic entry into the national spotlight a decade ago.



      "I consciously made a decision I wanted this record to have the same kind of substance as my very
      first record," he says. "That album was pretty straightforward country and it had some really great
      songwriters' songs on there--well crafted, clever, but with substance. I also wanted something
      uplifting and fun, something that sounded different and had great grooves."



      Having left behind two record deals after a corporate restructuring and a label demise, he was free
      to, as he says, "wipe the slate completely clean." He told his new management team he wanted to
      use his own money to record a project with his road band and with two long-time friends--Jim
      "Moose" Brown and Kevin "Swine" Grant--producing.



      "The guys play these songs every night," he says, "so it only made sense to go in the studio and cut
      the record just like we play on stage. And it worked. This is a group of people that have hung
      together for 15 years and there are no duds in there. They're all very real people with one thing in
      mind--make the best possible music, whether it's songwriting, producing, or recording as an artist. I
      felt like we'd capture some cool stuff and that’s what happened. It meant a lot to us as friends to be
      able to do this too."



      Outside the industry's parameters or politics, he and that close cohort of musicians put together an
      album that reflects everything Worley does well.



      "We didn't set out to make the record that would define me as an artist," he adds. "I said, 'Let's just
      be more concerned about the music. We don't have anybody breathing down our neck. Let's go in
      there and do what we always said we wanted do and just have fun, get all the guys together and
      when the moment's right, let's cut one and keep it.'"



      Once the album was cut, he began meeting with labels and was about to sign a deal when James
      Stroud, who had signed him to his first deal a decade earlier, called and said he was launching a
      new label, Stroudavarious, with businessman/entrepreneur Ronnie Gilley.



      "Ronnie and James and I had been doing business together for eight or nine years," says Worley.
      "James taught me a lot of what I know about the music business. He and I had a lot of success
      together and a lot of fun together and we had gotten to know each other inside and out.



      "I wanted a real partnership," he says. "That's what we've got, and that's why it's working."



      The album launches the latest chapter in one of modern country music's most amazing odysseys. It
      began in Hardin County, Tennessee, part of a three-state region where the elements of life included
      hard work, economic hardship, deep religious conviction and bootleg liquor. It paid to be tough and
      smart, and Worley was both.



      He was also musical – his grandfather played old country and bluegrass on the banjo and his mother
      sang in church. Worley was drawn in both directions, balancing the hellion and the seeker as he
      grew up. Tall and athletic, Worley might have earned an athletic scholarship to college, but he broke
      his back playing basketball and lost that opportunity. Still, he earned a degree in biology with a minor
      in organic chemistry, playing music in honky-tonks and raising hell all the while.



      He continued playing as he worked in the chemical business and taught school for a year, torn
      between the pressure he felt to establish a secure career and his deep-seated need to pursue
      music. Finally, his preacher father helped him sort it out.



      "One day he said, 'If you're still thinking about that music thing you better do it now'," says Worley,
      "'because if you don't, you'll be trapped by the obligation of the debt and the responsibilities that
      come with life. That was all I needed to hear."



      A gifted and hard-working songwriter, he signed a deal with Fame Publishing in Muscle Shoals,
      Alabama, to write songs for $150 a week. Years of playing bars and hard living made their way into
      his music, and artists like George Jones cut his early work. He was signed to Nashville's EMI
      Publishing and in 1994 he made his way to Nashville. After half a decade of sometimes frustrating
      development deals, in 1999 he earned the label deal that moved his career into high gear.



      It is telling that Worley was quick to turn his celebrity to good purpose. In 2002, he traveled to
      Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan to entertain troops, and the experience was transforming. He
      wrote "Have You Forgotten?" and began a series of visits here and overseas, including to Iraq, to
      support those who wear their country's uniform.



      He calls those trips "the best work I've done since I've been in this business. I've never done it for
      accolades or for publicity. I do it because I want to do it."



      Still, accolades have come. He has received the VFW's Americanism Award and the USO's Merit
      Award, and the Tennessee House of Representatives cited him for his contributions to country
      music.



      His experiences overseas helped spur him to launch major charitable efforts back home.



      "Coming off some of those trips really made me want to dig in and do more for my home area--
      Savannah, Hardin County, that whole Tri-state area," he says. "My parents said, 'You need to
      remember where you come from,' and the Darryl Worley Foundation became the way to do that."



      What began as a way to provide assistance to people who might not be able to afford insurance who
      faced catastrophic losses has expanded over time. His Tennessee River Run, a weeklong festival
      capped by a major concert, has raised money for all kinds of projects, including medical facilities.



      "I've seen friends and family affected by cancer, and at one point I said, 'Can we do something here
      in the county to help some of them?' We built this small outpatient chemotherapy wing on the Hardin
      County Medical Center and we were immediately overwhelmed by the people who just poured in
      there. They were literally in the hallways getting chemotherapy. Now we're in the process of planning
      a cancer treatment center."



      A man whose career single-mindedness and whose wild and restless streak once wrought havoc in
      his personal life, he has found more peace than ever since his marriage to his wife Kimberly and the
      birth of his daughter Savannah.



      "My wife and my child have put everything in perspective," he says. "I didn't think it would ever
      happen to me. For once in my life I feel like I've got my priorities in order."



      That sense of perspective has only strengthened his music. His happiness has found its way onto
      Sounds Like Life, an album whose title is a summation of the reason for his popularity.



      "The songs I'd had really big success with are songs that are just a big chunk of reality or a day in
      the life of somebody," he says. "That's what people expect from Darryl Worley.’Have You Forgotten,'
      'Awful, Beautiful Life,' ‘If Something Should Happen'--those songs are something somebody went
      through. It's real. It's not contrived, not made up, and there's a difference. You hear songs every day
      where you say, 'I love that, but it's a little bit out there. It's probably not a real thing.' But this album is
      about reality. There's some stuff about the family. There's some stuff about the new baby. It's got
      both really cool grooves and real life."



      Such songs have made Darryl Worley a vital part of the fabric of the modern musical landscape for a
      decade, and Sounds Like Life is convincing proof he will carry that position forward.

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