31 October 1964, Pyburn, Tennessee, USA. This country singer-songwriter made his breakthrough in 2002, when his second album I Miss My Friend reached the top of the US country charts. Worley was brought up in a strict Methodist family, and his decision to pursue a music career was reluctantly acceded to by his parents. He studied hard to complete a biology degree while learning his trade at local honky-tonk clubs. A brief stint as a teacher was relinquished when Worley signed a publishing contract with Fame in Muscle Shoals, and a recording contract with DreamWorks Nashville followed in 1999. Worleys debut recording Hard Rain Dont Last made a significant impact for a new artist, with several tracks reaching the country Top 20. Nevertheless, it was still a surprise when I Miss My Friend, from the album of the same name, climbed to the top of the charts in summer 2002.
Worley moved into the big star arena with the following years Have You Forgotten? The chart-topping title track dealt with the second Gulf War in Iraq and capitalised on the support of the pro-war majority in Worleys home country. Only older fans realized that the album was in fact a compilation of previous tracks, with only four new songs included. Worley returned to the studio shortly afterwards to complete his fourth album, a self-titled collection that featured his third country US number 1 single, Awful, Beautiful Life.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.