Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA, he has produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 29 of which have reached number one. Many of these have charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists, he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Chesney produced a film for ESPN entitled The Boys of Fall, he has received six Academy of Country Music awards, as well as six awards from the Country Music Association. He is one of the most popular touring acts in country music selling out the venues in which he performs, his 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour was the highest-grossing country road trip of the year. The Country Music Association honored Chesney with the Entertainer of the Year award in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008. Other notable awards he received include the Academy of Country Music's 1997 New Male Vocalist of the Year, 2002 Top Male Vocalist of the Year, the Triple Crown Award in 2005.
He was awarded his fourth consecutive Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music on May 18, 2008. Chesney was born on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at St. Mary's Medical Center and was raised in Luttrell, is of English and Irish descent, he is the son of David Chesney, a former elementary school teacher, Karen Chandler, a hair stylist in the Knoxville area. Chesney has one sibling, a younger sister named Jennifer Chandler. In 1986, Chesney graduated from Gibbs High School, where he played football, he received his first guitar, "The Terminor", for Christmas and began teaching himself how to play it. Chesney studied advertising at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he was a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Program and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and graduated in 1990 In 1982, Kenny won the best male yodeler at the International Yodeling Championship in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1989, he recorded a self-released demo album at the Classic Recording Studio in Bristol, Virginia.
He sold 1,000 copies while performing at the local clubs in Johnson City and used the money from album sales to help himself buy a new guitar. After graduation from East Tennessee State in 1990, he headed to Nashville and performed at several local clubs, he became the resident performer at a honky tonk bar in the city's historic district. In 1992, the head of writer relations at BMI, Clay Bradley, recommended Chesney to his friend, Troy Tomlinson, at Opryland Music Group by saying: "I met this kid today from East Tennessee. He's a good singer, a good songwriter, more than anything, I think you're going to like him as a person." Chesney performed five songs during his audition for Tomlinson. Tomlinson's reaction was enthusiastic telling HitQuarters: First of all I was attracted to the songs, because I thought that he painted great pictures in his lyrics for someone who had not been around the typical Music Row co-writes. I thought that he sang well too, but more than anything there was a kind of this'I-will-do-it' look in his eyes - I was drawn in by the fact that he was so set on being successful in this business.
Chesney left the audition with a songwriter's contract. A year an appearance at a songwriter's showcase led to a contract with Capricorn Records, which had started a country division. Chesney's debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, was released on the independent Capricorn Records label in April 1994; the album's first two singles, "Whatever It Takes" and "The Tin Man", both reached the lower regions of the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; the album sold 10,000 copies before Capricorn Records closed its country music division in Nashville that year and moved to Atlanta. Chesney signed with BNA Records, released his second studio album All I Need to Know in 1995; the album produced three singles. "Fall in Love" and the title track both reached the Top 10, while "Grandpa Told Me So" peaked at number 23. That same year, Chesney co-wrote Confederate Railroad's single "When He Was My Age" from their album When and Where. Chesney utilized fiddle and steel instrumentation within this album in order to highlight the down-home sentiments and the unique Tennessee twinge in his voice.
This album seemed to capture the traditional spirit. Chesney's third studio album and his second major-label one, entitled Me and You, was released in 1996, its first single, "Back In My Arms Again", peaked just outside the Top 40 on the country charts, while its title track and "When I Close My Eyes" both peaked at number 2. Me and You was Chesney's first album to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. A cover of Mac McAnally's 1990 single "Back Where I Come From" was included on this album. Though Chesney's version was never released as a single, it has been performed during his concerts. In recognition of his successful year, Chesney was honored with the 1997 Academy of Country Music's New Male Vocalist of the Year award. I Will Stand, Chesney's fourth album and his third from BNA Records, followed in 1997; the album's first single, "She's Got It All", became Chesney's first number one hit on the Billboard country charts and spent three weeks at that position. The album's second single, "A Chance"
Clint Patrick Black is an American country music singer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black's debut album Killin' Time produced four straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Although his momentum slowed throughout the 1990s, Black charted hit songs into the 2000s, he has had more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached number one, in addition to having released twelve studio albums and several compilation albums. In 2003, Black founded Equity Music Group. Black has ventured into acting, having made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. Clinton Patrick Black was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, the youngest of four children born to G. A. and Ann Black, lived in nearby Red Bank. The family moved back to Texas, where G. A. Black had been raised, he was raised in Texas.
Music was always present in the house. Black taught himself to play harmonica before he was 13, at 14 wrote his first song, his father remarked that it was at that age that the parents "first noticed that he had a great voice". By 15, Black had learned to play guitar; as a teenager Black joined his elder brothers, Mark and Brian, in their small band. On Saturday afternoons, the family would host backyard barbecues and invite the neighborhood to listen to the boys sing; some weekends would attract up to 70 people. Black dropped out of high school to play with his brothers, before becoming a solo act. Black was drawn to a variety of musical genres. According to his father, he chose to focus on country music in the early 1980s, after singers George Strait and Reba McEntire moved the genre back toward the more traditional. For six years, Black supported himself as a construction worker, bait cutter, fishing guide, while singing at various lounges as a solo singer and guitarist. In 1987, at one of the gigs he met Hayden Nicholas.
The two men began a song writing partnership that would last decades. In the late 1980s, Black delivered a demo of their collaboration "Nobody's Home" to record promoter Sammy Alfano. Within two days of that delivery, Black was invited to a meeting with Bill Ham. Black soon signed with RCA at that time considered one of the "most aggressive" labels in country music, his first album, Killin' Time, was released in 1989. Each song on the album was penned at least in part by Black. In a departure from most other country albums, Black used his road band instead of session musicians to record Killin' Time; the album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart and certified platinum in 1990. He made his debut in 1989 with the single, "A Better Man", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in early June; this marked the first time in 14 years that a debut single by a male artist had peaked at the top of the chart. In total, five singles off of his debut album reached number one, the first time any country artist had accomplished this feat.
Black won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for best newcomer in 1989. At the end of the year, his singles, "A Better Man" and "Killin' Time" place number one and number two on the year-end country singles charts, it had been 36 years. Looking back at the early stages of his career, Black recalled: "'At one point, I knew I crossed this line out of obscurity and I felt like no matter what happened from that point on I would always be remembered for "Killin' Time." There was this kind of mixed feeling of remorse and excitement.'"In late 1990, the Los Angeles Times surveyed country music industry insiders to determine which acts could be expected to sell the most records over the next seven years. Black placed second in two votes behind Garth Brooks; the survey results were surprising in that 10 of the top 20 artists named were relative newcomers to the industry. The plethora of new acts confused some reviewers, however. Many reviewers lumped many of the new acts together. Black soon became known as one of Nashville's "hat acts".
Killin' Time was certified platinum in 1990. Black's second album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, was released in November 1990, it was in the top 20 on the pop album charts. This success on the pop charts resulted from a change in the way Billboard calculated album sales; the album did not meet with as much critical acclaim as his debut, but nonetheless still included several hit singles. He began touring with Alabama. Black began dating actress Lisa Hartman in 1990; the couple kept their relationship quiet. The first picture of the two of them together was not published; the couple married in Katy, Texas, in October 1991. Black has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1
Alan Eugene Jackson is an American country singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, two gospel albums and several compilations. Jackson has sold over 80 million records, with 66 titles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Of the 66 titles, six featured singles, 38 have reached the top five and 35 have claimed the number one spot. Out of 15 titles to reach the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, nine have been certified multi-platinum, he is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. Jackson was born to Joseph Eugene "Daddy Gene" Jackson and Ruth Musick "Mama Ruth" Jackson in Newnan and has four older siblings.
He, his father and sisters lived in a small home built around his grandfather's old toolshed. The family is of English descent. At one point, his bed was in the hallway for lack of room, his mother lived in the home until she died on January 7, 2017. Jackson sang in church as a child, his first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983; as a youth, Jackson listened to gospel music, but otherwise he was not a major music fan until a friend introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson, Hank Williams Jr. Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School, started a band after graduation; when he was 27, Jackson and his wife of six years, moved from Newnan to Nashville, where he hoped to pursue music full-time. In Tennessee, Jackson got his first job in The Nashville Network's mailroom. Denise Jackson connected him with Glen Campbell, who helped jumpstart his career. Jackson signed with Arista, in 1989, he became the first artist signed to the newly formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.
Arista released Jackson's debut single, "Blue Blooded Woman", in late 1989. Although the song failed to reach top 40 on Hot Country Songs, he reached number three by early 1990 with "Here in the Real World"; this song served as the title track to his debut album, Here in the Real World, which included two more top five hits and his first number one, "I'd Love You All Over Again". Don't Rock the Jukebox was the title of Jackson's second album. Released in 1991, it included four number-one singles: the title track, "Someday", "Dallas" and "Love's Got a Hold on You", the number three "Midnight in Montgomery". Jackson co-wrote several songs on Randy Travis' 1991 album High Lonesome. A Lot About Livin', his third album, accounted for the number one hits "She's Got the Rhythm" and "Chattahoochee", plus the top five hits "Tonight I Climbed the Wall", "Mercury Blues" and " You Can't Have It All". "Chattahoochee" won him the 1994 Country Music Association awards for Single and Song of the Year. In 1994 Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, switched to Gary Overton.
His fourth album was titled Who I Am, it contained four number one hits: a cover of the Eddie Cochran standard "Summertime Blues", followed by "Livin' on Love", "Gone Country" and "I Don't Even Know Your Name". An additional track from the album, a cover of Rodney Crowell's "Song for the Life", made number six. In late 1994, Clay Walker reached number one with "If I Could Make a Living", which Jackson co-wrote. Jackson appeared in the 1996 "When Harry Kept Delores" episode of Home Improvement, performing "Mercury Blues"; the Greatest Hits Collection was released on October 24, 1995. The disc contained 17 hits, two newly recorded songs, the song "Home" from Here in the Real World that had never been released as a single; these first two songs both made number one. Everything I Love followed in 1996, its first single was a cover of Tom T. Hall's "Little Bitty", which Jackson took to the top of the charts in late 1996; the album included the number one hit "There Goes" and a number two cover of Charly McClain's 1980 single "Who's Cheatin' Who".
The album's fifth single was "A House with No Curtains", which became his first release since 1989 to miss the top 10. High Mileage was led off by the number four "I'll Go On Loving You". After it came the album's only number one hit, "Right on the Money", co-written by Phil Vassar. With Jackson's release of Under the Influence in 1999, he took the double risk on an album of covers of country classics while retaining a traditional sound when a rock- and pop-tinged sound dominated country radio; when the Country Music Association asked George Jones to trim his act to 90 seconds for the 1999 CMA awards, Jones decided to boycott the event. In solidarity, Jackson interrupted his own song and launched into Jones's song "Choices" and walked offstage. Alan was known for wearing a mullet since 1989. Before he had short hair. After country music changed toward pop music in the 2000s, he and George Strait criticized the state of country music in the song "Murder on Music Row"; the song sparked debate in the country music community about whether "traditional" country music was dead or not.
Despite the fact that the song was not released as a single, it became the highest-charting nonseasonal album cut (not available in any retail single configu
Lonestar is an American country music group consisting of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater. Before the group's foundation in 1992, both Rainwater and Britt were members of the group Canyon. John Rich was a member of Lonestar until he departed in 1998, went on to become one-half of the duo Big & Rich. Since his departure, Lonestar has relied alternatingly on session and touring musicians for bass guitar accompaniment. McDonald exited the band in 2007 to record as a solo artist, was replaced by former McAlyster vocalist Cody Collins before returning in 2011. Lonestar has charted more than 20 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart, including 9 that reached No. 1: "No News", "Come Cryin' to Me", "Amazed", "Smile", "What About Now", "Tell Her", "I'm Already There", "My Front Porch Looking In", "Mr. Mom". "Amazed" charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first country song to do so since "Islands in the Stream" in 1983. "Amazed" and "My Front Porch Looking In" were the top country songs of 1999 and 2003 on Billboard Year-End.
The group has recorded seven albums, one EP, a greatest hits package for the defunct BNA Records, one album each for three different independent labels. Three of their albums have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America; the band's first two albums were defined by honky-tonk and neotraditionalist country influences, but subsequent albums drew from country pop. Along with his work with the band, McDonald has co-written singles for Clay Walker, The Wilkinsons, Billy Dean, Sara Evans, in addition to singing guest vocals on Mindy McCready's 1996 single "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now". Lonestar began in 1992; this name was derived from the fact that all five members were natives of Texas, met in Nashville, Tennessee's Opryland USA theme park. The original lineup consisted of lead singer/rhythm guitarist Richie McDonald, lead guitarist Michael Britt, drummer Randy "Keech" Rainwater, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Dean Sams, bass guitarist/lead and background vocalist John Rich.
Before Lonestar's foundation and Britt were members of the group Canyon, which recorded two albums for the independent 16th Avenue Records and charted in the country top 40 with "Hot Nights" in 1989. Soon after foundation, Texassee changed its name to Lonestar; the band first played at a concert in Nashville in 1993 and signed to BNA Records in 1995. Lonestar's first release for BNA was an extended play titled Lonestar Live, recorded at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville and issued in January 1995, their debut single, "Tequila Talkin'", was released that August, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was included on their self-titled debut album, released that October, its producers were Don Cook and songwriter Wally Wilson, with whom Rich wrote the track "I Love the Way You Do That". Other contributing songwriters included former solo artists Bill LaBounty, Rick Vincent, Larry Boone; the next single, "No News", became the band's first No. 1, holding that position for three weeks in April 1996.
A physical single release of "Tequila Talkin'" and "No News" as a double A-side went to No. 22 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. After these two songs, "Runnin' Away with My Heart" went to No. 8 on the country charts. It was followed by "When Cowboys Didn't Dance", which failed to reach the top 40, "Heartbroke Every Day", the only single to feature Rich on lead vocals, at No. 18. Both of these songs had appeared on the Lonestar Live EP, their chart runs both overlapped with then-labelmate Mindy McCready's "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", which featured McDonald as a backing vocalist and peaked at No. 18 as well. Lonestar was met with favorable reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic and Brian Wahlert of Country Standard Time both praised the band for having neotraditionalist country influences in their sound, with Wahlert stating that the use of both Rich and McDonald on lead vocals gave the album "versatility". Rick Mitchell of New Country criticized the band's sound as "lite rock with a twang".
In 1996, Lonestar won the Academy of Country Music award for Best Vocal Group. Lonestar's sixth chart single was "Come Cryin' to Me", which Rich and Wilson co-wrote with "No News" co-writer Mark D. Sanders; the song became the band's second No. 1 single in August 1997, two months after the release of its corresponding album, Crazy Nights. As with Lonestar, it was produced by Cook; the next single, "You Walked In", was written by rock producer and songwriter Robert John "Mutt" Lange. It peaked at number 12 on the country charts and became the band's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93. "Say When" and "Everything's Changed" followed it, with respective peaks at thirteen and two on the country music charts in 1998. The latter went to number 95 on the Hot 100. Boone and Paul Nelson co-wrote both of these songs, collaborating with Rich on the former and McDonald on the latter. Included on the album was a cover of Pure Prairie League's "Amie". Thom Owens gave the album a mixed review, saying that "Come Cryin' to Me" and the "Amie" cover were "solid", but criticizing the rest as "slick and bland".
Shortly after the release of "Everything's Changed", Rich left the band, as they and their advisors felt that having two lead singers would be confusing to fans. Late in 1998, Ke
Rascal Flatts is an American band formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. It is composed of lead vocalist Gary LeVox, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus on bass guitar, Joe Don Rooney on guitar and banjo. DeMarcus is a brother-in-law of country music singer James Otto, one-half of the Christian music duo East to West. From 2000 to 2010, they recorded for Disney Music Group's Lyric Street Records. While on that label, they released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America. In order of release, these albums are Rascal Flatts, Feels Like Today, Me and My Gang, Still Feels Good, Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Unstoppable. After Lyric Street closed in 2010, they moved to Big Machine Records, for which they have released five albums: Nothing Like This, Rewind, The Greatest Gift of All, Back to Us, their studio albums have accounted for more than 25 singles, of which 14 have reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay.
Their longest-lasting No. 1 single, a cover of Marcus Hummon's "Bless the Broken Road", spent five weeks in that position in 2005. In 2005–06, "What Hurts the Most" was No. 1 on both the Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rascal Flatts' founding was at Steel Guitar Bar in Nashville, Tennessee. Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are second cousins from a musical family. DeMarcus moved to Nashville in 1992, earning his first record deal as part of a Christian group called East to West. In 1997, DeMarcus called LeVox, convinced him to come to Nashville and provide some harmonies on Michael English's album Gospel, which he was producing, they engineered the album together, became English's back-up band. At the same time, DeMarcus had become the bandleader of Chely Wright's band, where he met Joe Don Rooney, the guitarist in that band. DeMarcus and LeVox were working in a Printer's Alley nightclub and when their part-time guitarist could not make it one night, DeMarcus invited Rooney to join them.
Jim Riley was the bandleader for the band. The group covered. To the group's recollection, a bond was formed instantly. Singer Mila Mason recommended the group to record producers Mark Bright and Marty Williams, who played Lyric Street Records A&R Doug Howard a three-song demo and Howard thought they were "just incredible." After he'd heard the demos, the band went into the Lyric Street offices the next day, sat down with acoustic guitars, played a couple of songs. According to Howard in an interview with HitQuarters: "The vocals and harmonies, it was all there—I was just blown away; the lead singer has such a unique and compelling voice." The band was signed to Lyric Street in late 1999. In early 2000, the group made its debut with the single "Prayin' for Daylight"; this song had been on the three-song demo. The song, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard country charts, was the first single from their self-titled debut, issued in early 2000 on Lyric Street. Following "Prayin' for Daylight", the album's other three singles all made the Top 10 on that chart with "This Everyday Love", "While You Loved Me", "I'm Movin' On", which peaked at numbers 9, 7, 4.
"I'm Movin' On" was awarded Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002. Stephen Thomas Erlewine reviewed the album with favor, calling it "a sunny, pleasing modern country-pop album", their second album, entitled Melt, was released in 2002. Unlike their previous album, Rascal Flatts co-produced this one; the album's first single, "These Days", became the band's first number one hit on the U. S. country charts. The album included two more Top 10 hits with "Love You Out Loud" "I Melt", "Mayberry"; the latter became the band's second number one. The music video for "I Melt" featured partial nudity and was banned from the Great American Country network. Rascal Flatts's third album, Feels Like Today, was released in late 2004; the album's title track was released as its first single. Following it was "Bless the Broken Road"; that song was recorded by its co-writer, Marcus Hummon, had been recorded by Melodie Crittenden, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sons of the Desert. In early 2005, Rascal Flatts's version became the band's third number one hit on the U.
S. country spent five weeks at that position. The third single, "Fast Cars and Freedom", hit number one as well. While the latter was climbing the charts, some radio stations began playing a hidden track on the album, titled "Skin"; this airplay caused "Skin" to enter the top 40. The song was released as a single under the title "Skin" and added to the album's track list. Rascal Flatts's thirteenth chart entry, "What Hurts the Most", was released in December 2005; this song had been recorded by Mark Wills in 2003. Rascal Flatts' version of that song was released as the first single from their fourth album Me and My Gang, released in 2006. For this album, the band worked with producer Dann Huff, they switched producers to create a more band-oriented album. Rascal Flatts' rendition of "What Hurts the Most" was a crossover hit for the band, reaching No. 1 on both the country and adult contemporary charts, as well as peaking with the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. After it, the album's title track was released as the second single and charted in the Top 10 at number 6.
The third and fourth singles, "My Wish" and "Stand", both reached number one. In 2006, the group
The Good Stuff
"The Good Stuff" is a song written by Jim Collins and Craig Wiseman and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in May 2002 as the second single from Chesney's 2002 album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems; the song became Chesney's fifth number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. At the time, it was his longest-lasting number one, spending seven weeks at that position; the song reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was named the number one country single of 2002 according to Billboard Year End. "The Good Stuff" is a mid-tempo song based on different meanings of the phrase "the good stuff". In the first verse, the narrator explains that he has just had a fight with his wife, so he goes to a bar. Seeing only the bartender in the bar, he asks for "the good stuff"; the bartender explains that the "good stuff", which cannot be found at the bar, is the love between a man and woman, the memories that they make together, such as "dropping the ring in the spaghetti plate".
In the second verse, the narrator and the bartender begin conversing, when the narrator notices a picture on the bar. The bartender explains, he says that for several years after her death, he began drinking sobering up only after realizing that the memories of the love that they shared are "the one thing stronger than the whiskey". The bartender, in the song's bridge suggests that the male go home and apologize to his wife: "When you get home, she'll start to cry / When she says'I'm sorry', say'so am I' / Look into those eyes so deep in love / And drink it up /'Cause that's the good stuff"; the music video was directed by Shaun Silva and released in April 2002. It is noted, it consists of him recording the song, singing in front of a wall containing a few pictures, at a bar talking to the bartender "The Good Stuff" debuted at number 53 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of May 4, 2002
Darryl Wade Worley is an American country music artist. Signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 1999, Worley released four albums for the label: Hard Rain Don't Last, I Miss My Friend, Have You Forgotten?, Darryl Worley in 2004. After the label closed in 2005, he moved to 903 Music, an independent label owned by Neal McCoy, releasing Here and Now in 2006, shortly before that label's closure, his most recent studio release is 2009's Sounds Like Life via Stroudavarious Records, owned by James Stroud. Worley's six albums have produced 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number Ones: "I Miss My Friend", "Have You Forgotten?", "Awful, Beautiful Life", from 2002, 2003 and 2004–2005, respectively. "Have You Forgotten?" Spent seven weeks at Number One. Nine other singles have reached the Top 40. Darryl Wade Worley was born October 1964, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Tommy and Bonnie Worley, his family moved to Pyburn, when he was young and he was raised there. His father was a Methodist preacher and his mother sang in the church choir.
Worley earned a degree in biology and chemistry. He worked in the chemical industry prior to pursuing country music, wrote for FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. One of his first cuts as a songwriter was a track on Archer/Park's 1994 debut album. Worley was signed to DreamWorks Records in 1999, his debut single "When You Need My Love" followed in March 2000, the first of four single releases from his debut album Hard Rain Don't Last. Following this song were "A Good Day to Run", "Second Wind" and "Sideways"; these singles peaked at No. 15, No. 12, No. 20 and No. 41 on the Billboard country charts. Production duties on the album were split between James Stroud. In 2000, George Jones charted with the single "Sinners & Saints", which Worley co-wrote, his second album, I Miss My Friend, followed in 2002. Its title track became his first Number One hit on the country charts that year, was followed by the top 30 "Family Tree", written by Darrell Scott; this album was his first Number One album on Top Country Albums.
Worley had his biggest hit in 2003 with the 9/11 tribute ballad "Have You Forgotten?", the first release from his 2003 compilation album of the same name. It reached Number One in its fifth week on the charts, held its position for seven weeks; the album included only four new tracks counting "Have You Forgotten?", as well as six each from his first and second albums. "Tennessee River Run", one of the carryovers from I Miss My Friend, was issued as a single in 2003, peaking at No. 31. After it came his lowest-peaking single, "I Will Hold My Ground" at No. 57. Have You Forgotten? is certified gold by the RIAA. 2004 saw the release of the self-titled Darryl Worley. Its lead-off single, the Harley Allen co-write "Awful, Beautiful Life", became his third Number One hit in early 2005. Following this song was the Top Ten "If Something Should Happen", as well as "I Love Her, She Hates Me", which stopped at No. 56 due to the closure of DreamWorks Records in mid-2005. That same year, Worley signed with country singer Neal McCoy's vanity label 903 Music.
His first release for 903 was "Nothin' but a Love Thang", which peaked at No. 35. This was the first of three singles from Here and Now, his fourth studio album. Released from it were the Top 20 "I Just Came Back from a War" and the No. 54 "Livin' in the Here and Now", the chart run of, halted by the closure of 903 music in May 2007. Worley signed in 2008 to his third recording contract, this time with Stroudavarious Records, a label that Stroud founded in 2008, his sixteenth chart entry, "Tequila on Ice", was issued in the middle of that year, peaking at No. 44. Following it was "Sounds Like Life to Me", which has reached the Top 20. Both songs are included on his fifth release, Sounds Like Life; the album's third and final single was "Best of Both Worlds." Worley debuted the single "Keep the Change" in mid-2010. It was to be included on his sixth studio album, God & Country, but the album went unreleased when his record label, ceased operation. Worley moved to Tenacity Records in 2012 to release "You Still Got It".
He married his first wife, Beverly Irwin on May 12, 2001. Worley opened a restaurant, the Worleybird Cafe, in Savannah, TN, with his wife, Beverly He has a vegan restaurant in Dothan, located at Country Crossing, he has two brothers and Barry. Worley has been married to Kimberly Lee Perkins since December 2007 with whom he has a daughter, Savannah Gail born March 24, 2008. Worley formerly owned a boutique furniture store in Enterprise, Alabama. In addition, Worley posed nude for the July 2007 issue of Playgirl magazine; each year, Worley hosts a Charity Foundation Event, called the "Tennessee River Run." Proceeds benefit the Darryl Worley Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides funds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, his foundation funded and helps maintain the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in his hometown of Savannah and helps area families in need through a grant process. Notes Official Site