Country superstar Darryl Worley will perform each day at 1:30 p.m., during our Great American Picnic Celebration. Admission is free!
Throughout a career that has produced nearly twenty hit singles, including three #1s, as well as chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, Darryl Worley has set himself one primary goal.
"I've always set out to make sure every song on every album is a good one," he says. "I want every cut to be a potential single."
It is an approach that has helped to make Darryl a mainstay of modern country music. His unquestioned musical integrity earned him an enviable connection with the American public and a reputation as a genuinely traditional country artist who doesn't follow trends or fads, but rather his own bedrock convictions as an artist and a person. It doesn't hurt that he is a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music chronicles life, love and the world situation with equal facility.
Darryl also is dedicated to causes he deems important. In addition to his own charity efforts (see below), when he was approached about performing at the Great American Picnic event at Longaberger Homestead, he readily accepted. In fact, he even rescheduled another appearance in Iowa so he could be on-hand for this event.
He 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 Twenty 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" the iconic "Tennessee River Run," and "Sounds Like Life To Me."
Along the way, he earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including "Song of the Year" and "Single of the Year," and wrote songs for other artists including George Jones.
It is telling that Darryl was quick to turn the resultant celebrity to good purpose. His Tennessee River Run is one of the longest-running and most artist-identified charitable events out there.
"We hit our ten-year mark last year, and it's been an amazing decade," he says. "We've continued to bring in great entertainment and hold a variety of events for people all around my home town. We continue to refine it in ways that bring in even more for the charity, and that's the bottom line."
Darryl was able to make a $200,000 payment to the local cancer treatment center which bears his name, paying off the debt completely.
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?" He has been back nine times since then, playing 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.
A dedicated family man, he credits the current stability in his life to wife Kimberly and daughter Savannah.
"I feel like my wife and baby girl have breathed new life into me," he says. It's made me want to be a better man, a better Christian, a better husband, a better role model. I feel like I've got my priorities in order."