Tenacity is a good word to describe Darryl Worley.
Darryl Worley has been on a handful of record labels now. Each time he’s proven he’s one of Nashville’s consistent hit makers. It’s got to be tough to change labels that often and still find the ability to focus on the music.
I guess that’s why Darryl is one of the best.
Today, Darryl Worley is back once again on a new label with a new hit single.
Darryl Worley Has Still Got It
The new song is called You Still Got It. The song is about a couple that is getting up there in years. The kids are probably gone. The couple now has some time to themselves once again. They’ve been together for decades now. There is really nothing new each other can learn anymore. But Darryl sings about the passion that is still in the relationship. This is true love. The couple is meant to be together and they still have the fire and the emotion that first brought them together. It’s a romantic song that really makes you think about your own loved one.
Even though the song is about love and passion, the title is also an interesting choice for Darryl. It’s been 12 years since Darryl first broke on to the scene with his first hit record, When You Need My Love. I remember that time in country music. Things were turning a little pop and Darryl came along with a sound that was entirely country. Sure, he still has a little pop in his country, but there is no doubt this is a southern boy that loves his country music.
My first real job was the summer I was 16. I was working from six in the morning until about four in the afternoon on the grounds crew at a local golf course. It was a great job. I really enjoyed getting up early and working outside. The job allowed me to earn some cash and get experience in the workforce. A great part of the job was that I could wear headphones while working. There were two local radio stations that played country. I listened to them nonstop all day.
During the summer at the course one of the biggest hits was A Good Day To Run. It was Darryl’s second single. The track was huge. Darryl was becoming a new star in country music. He had a unique sound and I was sure he’d find success with future albums.
Darryl came out with three more albums and three number one hits over the next three years. It seemed like he was really putting together a strong collection of hits.
Then he and his record label DreamWorks parted ways. I can’t remember if that was the time the label closed or if Darryl and the label parted ways. It was one of those unfortunate situations.
Darryl kept tough, though. He joined upstart record label 903 Music in 2005-2006. The label was started by Neal McCoy who was having a hit record with Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On. Darryl found success as well with the single I Just Came Back From A War. The single cracked the top 20 and the album made the top 40 on the country charts. It wasn’t anything crazy impressive, but it was impressive for an independent label.
903 shuttered shortly after the first couple albums were released. Neal said the label just ran out of cash. That happens sometimes with businesses and I’m sure everyone involved wanted to see it succeed.
Darryl’s next move was to Stroudavarious Records started by James Stroud. It was another independent label, but this time Darryl found success with the single Sounds Like Life. It was another hit for a guy that had been in the business for ten years. The song nearly cracked the top ten on the charts and Darryl was still relevant to country fans.
Now, You Still Got It has been released on Darryl’s fourth label. I feel the song is one of the strongest of his career. And with a career that’s been as up and down as Darryl’s over the years I think it’s impressive that he’s releasing the best stuff after 12 years in the spotlight.
In my time being around people it seems some folks can get comfortable in their lives as they get older. They look for security and kind of put things into cruise mode for a few years.
Darryl isn’t like that, though. He seems to be as driven as ever. Every time he changes labels it’s like he has to start over from scratch and prove himself. He could be comfortable with his catalog of hits. He could go out and play those songs for his loyal fanbase for years, but he wants more. He wants more hits on the charts. He wants bigger shows to play. I think that’s impressive.
For a guy that’s been doing it for 12 years and still has the passion, Darryl Worley certainly still has it.