The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is showcasing artist-singer-songwriter Darryl Worley ‘Up Close in Person’ in a very intimate Songwriter Round with fellow hit songwriters Jerry Salley and Bobby Tomberlin at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort on Mar. 12.
Jerry Salley actually co-wrote three songs with Worley and had him record a duet with him on one of Jerry’s albums. Bobby Tomberlin who wrote “One More Day” for Diamond Rio also co-wrote “A Good Day To Run” with Worley. The hit songs that Worley is most known for include “Have You Forgotten,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and “I Miss My Friend.”
The mission of the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is to promote songwriting by providing a venue that brings together music professionals, music lovers and songwriters.
“To have a country artist/songwriter perform with two other hit songwriters along with a song by a young aspiring singer/songwriter on the same stage is a rare and special treat,” noted Cyndy Reeves. “This is a once in a life type show at the new Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. The show is open to the public. Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. You can get tickets at www.SMSWF.com or call 865-604-9066.
Not only is Darryl Worley a great country artist, he also recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tennessee.
Next up on the charitable future for the singer-songwriter is breaking ground on a wellness center geared toward assisting youth battling abuse of drugs and alcohol. “It’s a labor intensive job, but it is a labor of love when you have a chance to really see how it affects human beings,” Worley says softly. “We’ve saved lives, and that’s what it’s all about.”
While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.
“I am just in a really good place in my life and my career,” Worley says, as a smile spreads across his face. “I have been so blessed throughout my career. I have seen so much and experienced so much that I will never take for granted. I’m definitely not done yet. There is a lot more to come from me in the future. It feels good to start stirring it all up again. I’m ready to get back out there!”