Jake Worthington chases dreams, achieves timelessly authentic country music success

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Artist Jake Worthington’s grandfather — his most significant influence — spoke of country music moments from decades ago in reverential tones that the 27-year-old performer had no other choice but to pursue success in the genre.

“I’m fueled by hanging on to dreams,” Worthington, a Big Loud Records-signed native of LaPorte, Texas told The Tennessean before his July 21 Grand Ole Opry debut.

His rural-born grandfather, who died recently, was a religious man who loved fishing and dreamed of excelling as a songwriter as country music experienced its 70s and 80s global boom.

By 17, Terry Worthington’s grandson was a cherub-faced second-place finalist on The Voice’s sixth season whose performances of Keith Whitley’s soulful country ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes” impressed both judges and fans.

Country music’s 15-year journey in the early 2000s into male artist-driven and beat-laden pop benefitted the financial status of the genre and elevated its place in the industry. However, for artists like Worthington — and others — wholly inspired by the genre’s heyday, it felt like they were gaining mastery in talents that mainstream was leaving behind.

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