Sunday, 13 May, 2007 8:29 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: 'Tom
BY AMELIA KLEHN
recording artist Tom Wurth.
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
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
"Vince Gill and Steve Wariner."
What CD is on your
"A Keith Whitley CD."
Do you have a lucky
"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
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."
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