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Sunday, 13 May, 2007 8:29 PM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: 'Tom Wurth'

PHOTO BY AMELIA KLEHN

Aspirion recording artist Tom Wurth.

By Peter Cronin
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service

Tom Wurth may have come from a small town, but his voice and ambition are anything but small. Growing up in rural Marcus, Iowa, Wurth's parents were vital musical influences. "My dad gave me two choices; to learn to play piano or guitar," Wurth said, who's mom was a music teacher at a Catholic school and who's dad taught special education, made mandolins and played guitar.

He made his first public appearance at the Iowa State Fair at 10, but Wurth didn't get serious about music until high school when he wrote his first song and joined the choir. After graduation, he moved to Nashville and entered Belmont University to pursue his music business dreams, but fate had other plans. Not even through his first day at Belmont, Wurth suffered severe injuries from a car crash that nearly left him paralyzed. Lying in the hospital bed for more than two months, the singer found inspiration in his faith and in the music of Vince Gill and Steve Wariner.

Things started looking up for Wurth when he landed a job at J. Aaron Brown Publishing and recorded lead vocals, Love Songs and Lullabyes for Daddy's Little Dreamer. The children's album earned a GRAMMY nomination and led Wurth to his first publishing deal with Belden Enterprises, and later signed to BMG Music.

Wurth landed a cut with Ty Herndon ("If the Road Runs Out") and a single on a NASCAR compilation. He formed a duo, Mitchell and Wurth, and opened shows for Lonestar, Rascal Flatts and Marty Stuart. When the duo parted ways, Wurth became more determined to make it as a solo artist.

Wurth co-wrote four of the tracks on his self-titled debut, produced by John Ford Coley and Bart Butler, and released last October on Aspirion/Navarre. His debut single, "Bread on the Table," was penned by Sonny Lemaire, Shane Minor and JP Pennington. "If you want to know who I am, just listen to the record," Wurth said. "Every song has reflections of my life."

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

Who is your musical hero?
"Vince Gill and Steve Wariner."

What CD is on your stereo?
"A Keith Whitley CD."

Do you have a lucky charm?
"My guitar strap. I've had it forever."

What song do you wish you had written?
"'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,' because it's just a good Country song."

When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? "I'd like to be remembered as an honest, solid, reliable guy. And I want people to remember my music."

On The Web: www.tomwurth.com

 

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