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Up & Coming artist spotlight: Charlie Worsham, singing country southern style

Charlie Worsham knew he wanted to be a country singer from a very early age. Emerging from the southern town of Jackson, Mississippi and growing up 100 miles north in Grenada, he learned to perform country music early on.

Charlie Worsham, a Warner Brothers recording artist released the hit "Could It Be" in 2013. COURTESY OF CHARLIE WORSHAM

Charlie Worsham, a Warner Brothers recording artist released the hit “Could It Be” in 2013.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE WORSHAM

He found inspiration in the music of Don Williams and Earl Scruggs songs and his talents were quickly recognized. The Mississippi State Senate recognized him for his outstanding musical accomplishments and he performed on the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 12.

Worsham was always honing his skills as a kid. He says he wouldn’t do anything after school but work on his music. He also worked on his performing by playing for local blues clubs and bars he wasn’t even supposed to know about at that age.

When it was time to go to college he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and soon moved to Nashville where he was signed by Warner Brothers Music in 2011. After arriving in Nashville, Worsham hit the ground running. He opened for huge acts like Miranda Lambert and Wade Bowen, while also landing a tour with Taylor Swift in 2011. The tour with Swift played a huge roll in his career’s success and built his fan base tremendously.

Charlie Worsham is not afraid to have a lot of fun on stage during his shows. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE WORSHAM

Charlie Worsham is not afraid to have a lot of fun on stage during his shows. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLIE WORSHAM

He released his first album, Rubberband, in 2013 which peaked at No. 12 on the U.S. Country Charts. The album included features collaborations with Vince Gill and Marty Stuart on one of the songs, “Tools of the Trade,” and his hit single “Could It Be” which climbed to No. 13 on the  Billboard Country Airplay charts.

The album has also done well on radio and iTunes, but he still has a long road ahead because country radio is a tough business.  Country Music has a realness that connects with people and most everyone can relate to at some point in their life though, and Worsham captures that feeling in his music as well.

He has come a long ways from the days spent playing in southern Mississippi dives and picking the mandolin in his bedroom. With a little luck and some help from the man upstairs, he is on his way to hitting the big time.

You can check more of Worsham’s music on his website or by following him on Facebook and Twitter.