Darryl Worley


Biography of Darryl Worley

Darryl Worley

Country singer/songwriter Darryl Worley grew up in Pyburn, TN, the son of a father who left his job at a local paper company to become a Methodist preacher and a mother who was a featured singer in the church choir. He became a hard-working yet rebellious young man -- earning a degree in biology with a minor in organic chemistry while drinking bootlegged whiskey and partying at honky-tonks -- who never gave up on making music his full-time pursuit. While holding various jobs, including a stint as a teacher, Worley played clubs on the weekends and occasional weeknights; finally, he signed a publishing deal with Fame in Muscle Shoals and began playing bars nearly every night of the week, and even broke his engagement to become a full-time performer and songwriter. He signed to DreamWorks Nashville in 1999 and released the single "When You Need Love" the following spring; his debut album, Hard Rain Don't Last, arrived in mid-2000. The album got a decent amount of play on radio and CMT, and after a successful tour of the US Worley returned to the studio for his next album. I Miss My Friend arrived in the summer of 2002 at the top of the country charts, hitting #1 in its first week. Before the year's end, Worley toured Afghanistan during Christmas time, spending time with American troops. The experience was overwhelming and mindblowing for Worley; and he captured such emotion in his sophomore effort, Have You Forgotten?. This album, which appeared on DreamWorks in May 2003, was a small tribute to the US troops fighting for Iraqi Freedom as well as a great musical progression for Worley.

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