|Birth name||Darryl Wade Worley|
|Born||October 31, 1964|
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Origin||Pyburn, Tennessee, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar|
|Labels|| DreamWorks |
|Associated acts|| Wynn Varble |
Darryl Wade Worley (born October 31, 1964) 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 (2000), I Miss My Friend (2002), Have You Forgotten? (2003), and 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.
Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.
DreamWorks Records was an American record label founded in 1996 by David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg as a subsidiary of DreamWorks SKG. The label operated until 2003 when it was sold to Universal Music Group. The label itself also featured a Nashville, Tennessee-based subsidiary, DreamWorks Nashville, which specialized in country music and was shut down in 2005. The company's logo was designed by Roy Lichtenstein and was his last commission before his death in 1997.
Hard Rain Don't Last is the debut album of country music singer Darryl Worley. It was released on July 18, 2000 via DreamWorks Records. The tracks "When You Need My Love", "A Good Day to Run", "Second Wind" and "Sideways" were all released as singles from this album. While the first three singles all reached Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts, "Sideways" peaked at #41.
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?", and "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.
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"I Miss My Friend" is a song written by Tom Shapiro, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin, and recorded by American country music singer Darryl Worley. It was released in March 2002 he first single and title track from his album of the same name. The song became his first number one single on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It also crossed over to pop radio, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Darryl Wade Worley was born October 31, 1964, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Tommy and Bonnie Worley. His family moved to Pyburn, Tennessee, when he was young and he was raised there. His father was a Methodist preacher and his mother sang in the church choir.Worley attended the University of North Alabama and earned a degree in biology and chemistry. He worked in the chemical industry prior to pursuing country music, and 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.
Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The 2017 city population was 652,236, making Memphis the largest city on the Mississippi River, second-largest city in Tennessee, as well as the 25th largest city in the United States. Greater Memphis is the 42nd largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a population of 1,348,260 in 2017. The city is the anchor of West Tennessee and the greater Mid-South region, which includes portions of neighboring Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is the seat of Shelby County, the most populous county in Tennessee. As one of the most historic and cultural cities of the southern United States, the city features a wide variety of landscapes and distinct neighborhoods.
Pyburn is an unincorporated community in Hardin County, Tennessee, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. It is the birthplace of the country music singer Darryl Worley.
The University of North Alabama (UNA) is a coeducational university located in Florence, Alabama. It is the state's oldest four-year public university. Occupying a 130-acre (0.5 km2) campus in a residential section of Florence, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. The four cities compose a metropolitan area with a combined population of 140,000 people.
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". Respectively, 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 Frank Rogers and James Stroud. Also in 2000, George Jones charted with the single "Sinners & Saints", which Worley co-wrote.
"When You Need My Love" is a debut song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Darryl Worley. It was released in March 2000 as the first single from his debut album Hard Rain Don't Last. It peaked at #15 on the United States country chart and at #75 on the Hot 100. It also peaked at #30 on the Canadian country chart. The song was written by Worley and Wynn Varble.
"A Good Day to Run" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Darryl Worley. It was released in September 2000 as the second single from his debut album Hard Rain Don't Last. It peaked at number 12 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and at number 76 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Worley and Bobby Tomberlin.
Frank Mandeville Rogers V is an American record producer, songwriter and session musician. In 1990, Rogers moved to Nashville, attending Belmont University and graduating with a Music Business degree. While at Belmont, he met friend and future collaborator Brad Paisley. After graduation, Rogers went to work for EMI Nashville Productions and opened up Sea Gayle Music Publishing with Paisley and Chris DuBois. The successful publishing company, has over 300 cuts and 28 number one songs. The three business partners, in late 2009, also teamed up with Sony Nashville to form Sea Gayle Records, with a roster that includes Jerrod Niemann.
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, and was followed by the top 30 "Family Tree", written by Darrell Scott. This album was also his first Number One album on Top Country Albums.
James Darrell Scott, known as Darrell Scott, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The son of musician Wayne Scott, he moved as a child to East Gary, Indiana. He was playing professionally by his teens in Southern California. Later, Darrell moved to Toronto then Boston. He attended Tufts University, where he studied poetry and literature. He has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since about 1995. He has written several mainstream country hits, and he has also established himself as one of Nashville's premier session instrumentalists. His younger brother, David Scott, occasionally accompanies Darrell on the keyboard.
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, and 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 also certified gold by the RIAA.
2004 saw the release of Worley's third studio album, 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.
Later 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. Also 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 which was 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, Stroudavarious, ceased operation.
Worley then 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 (whom he divorced in July 2006)He also has a vegan restaurant in Dothan, Alabama, located at Country Crossing. (In August 2016 he told morning radio hosts Flip & Streeter in Panama City, FL, that he never owned a vegan restaurant in Dothan and joked that "it should be treason" that this claim was made since he is not a vegan) He also has two brothers, Tommy 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 also formerly owned a boutique furniture store in Enterprise, Alabama.
In addition, Worley posed nude (non-full-frontal) for the July 2007 issue of Playgirl magazine.
Each year, Worley hosts a Charity Foundation Event, which is 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 also funded and helps maintain the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in his hometown of Savannah, Tennessee and helps area families in need through a grant process.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|| Certifications |
| US Country || US || US|
|Hard Rain Don't Last||33||—||—||39|
|I Miss My Friend||1||22||—||—|
|Here and Now||35||187||11||—|
|Sounds Like Life||26||172||35||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|| Certifications |
| US Country || US |
|Have You Forgotten?||1||4|
| US Country || US |
|2000||"When You Need My Love"||15||75||Hard Rain Don't Last|
|"A Good Day to Run"||12||76|
|2002||"I Miss My Friend"||1||28||I Miss My Friend|
|2003||"Have You Forgotten?"||1||22||Have You Forgotten?|
|"Tennessee River Run"||31||—|
|"I Will Hold My Ground"||57||—|
|2004||"Awful, Beautiful Life"||1||30||Darryl Worley|
|2005||"If Something Should Happen"||9||75|
|"I Love Her, She Hates Me"||56||—|
|2006||"Nothin' but a Love Thang"||35||—||Here and Now|
|"I Just Came Back from a War"||18||—|
|2007||"Livin' in the Here and Now"||54||—|
|2008||"Tequila on Ice"||44||—||Sounds Like Life|
|2009||"Sounds Like Life to Me"||11||84|
|2010||"Best of Both Worlds"||43||—|
|"Keep the Change"||46||—||God & Family(unreleased)|
|2012||"You Still Got It"||40||—||One Time Around(unreleased)|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2000||"When You Need My Love"||Mark Tucker/Jimmy Abegg|
|"A Good Day to Run"||Trey Fanjoy|
|2001||"Second Wind"||Shaun Silva|
|2002||"I Miss My Friend"|
|2003||"Have You Forgotten?"|
|"Tennessee River Run"|
|2004||"Awful, Beautiful Life"||Cameron Casey|
|2005||"If Something Should Happen"||Shaun Silva|
|2006||"Nothin' but a Love Thang"||Sam Erickson|
|"I Just Came Back from a War"||Jacob Hatley|
|2008||"Tequila on Ice"||Kristin Barlowe|
|2009||"Sounds Like Life to Me"||The Erwin Bros.|
|2012||"You Still Got It"||TK McKamy|
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