You know Darryl Worley's music and you know what a passionate advocate he is for our troops and for fighters and survivors of all kinds. His "We've Not Forgotten" tour to Iraq in 2012 was his eighth visit to the region. "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. Check the Did You Know page to see all that Darryl has given of his heart and his career to the fans, family, fellow Americans and causes that he cares about.
Through all of Darryl Worley's experiences, his ability to draw on real life to make deeply moving music has made him one of country's most passionately appreciated artists.
Through six albums and eighteen chart hits, Darryl Worley has produced one of the most impressive and wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. He has been a mainstay of modern country for ten years, a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music has chronicled life, love and the world situation with equal facility.
Darryl 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 20 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."
Worley jumped quickly back into the Top 10 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.
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.
In 2011 Worley finds himself back in the studio working on a new album that encompasses the kind of tunes that got him into the business in the first place; good old fashioned, country music. It's the kind of music that Worley does best, and that comes most naturally to him. This album emotes the very basics of country music, never wavering from his love of family and his country, and his ability to have a good time with good friends. His travels overseas coupled with his role as a father have given him a new perspective on what is most important in life.
"I feel like my wife and little girl have breathed new life into me," he says. I've made trips to the Middle East for quite a while now, and the first five or six times I didn't have a child at home. Seeing their level of sacrifice and dedication changed me. And it's made me want to be a better man, a better Christian, a better husband, a better role model. All of those things are reflected in this record."
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 hard living and honky-tonk nights 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 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 Darryl was quick to turn his celebrity to good purpose. He has been a tireless performer for troops here and overseas following a 2002 visit to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan that helped inspire "Have You Forgotten?" His "We've Not Forgotten" tour to Iraq that ended in May 2010, part of Stars for Stripes, was his eighth visit to the region. It included both full band concerts and special acoustic sets at remote Forward Operating Bases for troops who rarely receive celebrity entertainment. Darryl has been honored with the VFW's Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award. He has also been cited by the Tennessee House of Representatives for his contributions to country music. His experiences overseas also 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 several major concerts, has 3 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. In December of 2010 we opened the doors to the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, and our dream was realized. I'm completely overwhelmed and grateful".