While most 12-year-old boys spend their time playing kickball and video games, young Charlie Worsham was too busy receiving a standing ovation during his Grand Ole Opry debut.
A Mississippi native, Charlie’s unmistakable love of music began at a young age. He attended an Opry show on an evening Mike Snider was playing. Although Charlie was interested in acoustic guitar at the time, it was Mike’s performance that night that prompted the seven year old to pick up the banjo. After mastering the instrument, Charlie sent a tape of himself playing to a very impressed Mike, who then asked Charlie if he would like to play with him at the Opry.
"This is a dream come true for me," said Charlie the night of his 1998 debut. "Ever since I even knew about the Grand Ole Opry, I wanted to play on it. So to finally be here, it's incredible."
Debuting at the Opry and earning the title Junior National Banjo Champion marked only the beginning of Charlie’s musical career. He went on to study at Berklee School of Music in Boston and shortly after that made the move to Nashville to play with the group KingBilly. Touring with the group provided Charlie with enough knowledge and experience to break off as a solo artist. Since then, he has spent his time writing songs, playing as a studio musician and opening shows for artists including Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert.
Charlie released his debut album, Rubberband, containing the song "Could It Be," in 2013. He continues to tour, sharing the bill with acts including Brad Paisley, Kip Moore and Vince Gill.
“This is a dream come true for me. Ever since I even knew about the Grand Ole Opry, I wanted to play on it.”