Michael Whitworth

Michael Whitworth

BandCountryPop

Taking Pop/Country to new levels, Michael's songs combine tenacious hooks with vibrant melodies that can pull in the most argent critic of Pop/Country. Michael's songs have won and been finalists in numerous international songwriting competitions. They have been licensed by major corporations like American Airlines and Six Flags North America. Michael has also received substantial terrestrial radio play as well as on Pandora.

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Biography

Michael Whitworth sprung into the country scene in 2010 with his first EP, " God Only Knew" – the first single “Just As Surprised As You” was an immediate success. His anticipated sophomore 4-song EP titled, "Learning How To Love" was released that Fall to enthusiastic reviews from critics including Billboard Discoveries. The first single, "Fire Away" and second "Settlin' Down" were immediately well received by Georgia country radio stations and fans.

Heralding from Athens, GA – the town known for launching the careers of hit bands such as Sugarland, Drive-By Truckers, and REM – Michael looks to follow in the footsteps of giants while at the same time take his own path. His sound is fresh and upbeat, fusing optimistic youthfulness with witty wordplay to get feet tapping and hearts melting.

Michael has toured for years with other bands playing different roles and instruments. A jack-of-all-trades, Michael does it all: guitars, bass, keys, drums etc. Along the way, he discovered his own sound and decided he wanted to have more creative input in songwriting, so he set out on his own. He's since found that as an artist he has truly come into his own with this album's release.

“This record was an absolute joy to write and record,” Michael said. “I really just wanted it to be fun and lighthearted, to hopefully communicate the love and laughter that fills my life.”

Combining a devilish charm with infectious lyrics and melodies, Michael Whitworth is poised to become the next major male artist in the country music scene. He is a delight to both the ears and the eyes, ready to break your heart with a smile.

Lyrics

Settlin' Down

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland

v1
I used to be the one
That never got tied down
Only cared about being free
I'd cut and run
Cause I was scared somehow
Of promising anything
But since I found you
Been breakin’ my rules
Just to keep you comin’ round
Never thought I'd say
But settling down
Don't seem like settlin' now

Chorus
Hey baby
I can't run away
You turn me right back round
With your smilin’ face
There ain't no one else
Loves me like you do
I'd trade all those nights of freedom
For a home with you
I've found
Settlin' down ain't settlin’... Now

v2
With all of the girls
In this whole world
How could there be just one?
I've been out and about
And there's no doubt
Done things I ain't proud of
But you took my hand
I've been makin’ those plans
I swore I never would
What can I say
I never felt this way
I'm settlin’ down for good

Chorus

Bridge
Used to think that love would chain me to the ground
Never thought It'd set me free
I was lost in circles always runnin’ round
Love has changed me

Chorus

Just As Surprised As You

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland

v1
We met in grade-school class
We fought instantly
My parents told me that we were really just flirting
When you told me yours said that too
I was just as surprised as you

v2
One night at a high school party
Our friends were all jokin’ ‘round
Someone dared me to, so I spun that bottle ‘round
And who do you think that bottle ended up pointing to?
I was just as surprised as you

Chorus 1
God only knew where this life would bring us to
I never knew what that first kiss would do
When I asked you to be mine
I was just as surprised as you

v3
And just one short year later
I got down on my knee
And asked if maybe you wanted to spend the rest of your life with me
When you told me “yes you do”
I was just as surprised as you

Chorus 2
God only knew where this life would bring us to
Kids back then would one day say I do
When I look back on our lives
I was just as surprised as you

Bridge
No one thought we’d make it through
But I held on tight to loving you
We’re looking back now, laughing out loud
Like we love to do

Chorus 3
God only knew where this life would bring us to
Kids in love would one day say I do
When I look back on our lives, I
When I look into your eyes, I
I was just as surprised as you
God only knew
Just as surprised as you

Tag
I never thought we’d be here
I never could believe
Much more than we could see here
Together you and me

Fire Away

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland / Paul Reeves

v1.
I can tell by the look in your eyes as you walked in
It been one of those kinda days where you just can’t win
If you need to take it out on me - baby that's OK
Cause I'm here now and I'm all ears
You can say what you need to say

Chorus
Fire away
Let me have it
When your blue sky turns to grey
Fall apart, babe
Come unraveled
Let the pieces fall where they may
I’m the man who will stand by you thought your best and worst of days
So, fire away

v2.
I can be your crying shoulder, baby lean on me
You can yell or raise a little hell if that’s what you need
If you’re mad or just plain sad – baby that’s OK
Cause I'm here now and I'm all ears
You can say what you need to say

Chorus

Bridge
I know that life can though some days your way
Feels like more than you can stand
Just know that I’m here to help you carry that weight
Put on me as much as you can

½ Chorus
Fire away
Let me have it
When your blue skies fade to grey
Fall apart, babe
Come unraveled
Let the pieces fall where they may

Chorus

Worth Fighting For

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland / Paul Reeves

v1.
Everybody loves him
Everybody needs him
Another night coming home late
Working at a fast pace
Leading that rat race
Nothing ever gets in his way
Skips his daughter’s ballets
Missed his son’s ball games
Says he pays for their future that way
You might say that…

Chorus 1
He won the battle but he lost the war – lost his way
Traded his time for those nickels and dimes
His kids only wanted to play
Yeah, he lost it all looking for more
He just didn’t know for sure
What’s worth fighting for

v2.
Didn’t mean to meet her
Couldn’t help but see her
You know it always starts off that way
Just a ride in his car
Now it’s going too far
Tells his wife he’s working late
She makes him feel younger
His marriage goes under
Twenty-five years and he just walks away
You might say that…

Chorus 2
He won the battle but he lost the war – lost his way
He took for granted the love that they had
Let it just fade away
Yeah, he lost it all looking for more
He just didn’t know for sure
What’s worth fighting for

Bridge
Looking back on his past
Sees those mistakes that he made
Man, his kids grew up so fast
Something inside of him changed
He wanted his live back – knew he was out matched
Fell to his knees and he threw up the white flag
He’d say that…

Chorus 3
He lost some battles but he won the war – found his way
Traded his pride for what money can’t buy
And found that Amazing Grace
He went back to the wife he ignored
Broke into tears as he walked through the door
Cause he finally knows for sure
What’s worth fighting for

Learning How To Love

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland

v1.
I opened my eyes this morning
Remembered our fight from yesterday
This hotel bed is warning – it tells me I need to change
Babe I know that it’s hard sometimes
I don’t show what I feel inside
But I’m changing the way I am
I finally understand

Chorus
I’m learning how to love from my soul
To not run away from the push and pull
To think of me less, think of you more
I’ve been trying to become the kind of man you can be proud of
I’m learning what it really means to love

v2.
I used to run away
When the feeling would start to fade
But love is a choice we make
It’s much more give than take
Babe I know I’m not perfect
But I’ll show you it’s worth it
Cause I’ll love you just as good as I can
I finally understand

Chorus

Bridge
To love with an open heart
Tear down walls we’ve built between us
We’ll make a brand new start
I’ve learned to love, now life has just begun

Chorus 2
I’m learning how to love from my soul
To hold you in my arms when you need me most
To think of me less, think of you more
I’ve been trying to become the kind of man you can be proud of
I’ve been trying to become the kind of man you can be proud of
I’m learning what it really means to love
What it really means to love

Woo Girls

Written By: Michael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roalnd

Verse 1
Door swings, young things, walk in like they came to play
Tank tops, blond locks – never have to pay for a shot
Hand in the face of any man that tries
They’re dancing in a circle no room for guys

Chorus 1
Here come the Woo Girls (woohoo)
Ain’t into dudes girls (woohoo)
Just wanna move girls (woohoo)
They ain’t looking for a one night fling – just came to shake that thing
Here come the Woo Girls

Verse 2
Band plays, glass raised, dancing with that ‘country girl sway’
More shots, low tops – let’s ‘em get whatever they want
If you’re thinking ‘bout leaving with one tonight
Then boy, you’ve got another thing coming alright

Chorus 1 (w/o last line)

Solo

Bridge
Walkin’ out alone at the end of the night
Sorry boys, no one’s gettin’ lucky tonight

Chorus 2
There go the Woo Girls (woohoo)
Ain’t into dudes girls (woohoo)
Just gotta move girls (woohoo)
They ain’t looking for a one night fling – just came to shake that thing
There go the Woo Girls
There go the Woo Girls

Dry Martini

Written By: MIchael D. Whitworth / Joshua R. Roland

Intro
Let’s get you out of those wet clothes, and into a dry martini

v1.
Head lights on a stormy night light up a wet road
Top back, with a flat – pretty girl no rain coat
There she sat – a drowned rat – water dripping off her cowboy hat (poor thing)
I pulled over to the shoulder

Chorus
Let’s get you out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini
Girl you’re shivering cold – I’ve got the thing you’re needing
The fire side, and the moon light, a blanket wrapped so tight
Around you and me turning up the heat
A little strong a little sweet – like a dry martini

v2.
Dressed nice, pool side – a big party for the rich type
One slip, a little trip into the water that’s cold as ice
Wet hair, people stare – water dripping off her long black dress (what a mess)
I pulled her over to my shoulder

Chorus

Bridge
Whenever we’re in stormy weather, it always seems to work out better
Take you home to where it’s warm and wrap you in my arms.

Chorus

The na na’s

It's Christmas Time

Written By: Michael Whitworth, Josh Roland, Paul Reeves

v1.
It happens each December when there’s snow on the ground
Families get together and there’s love all around
There’s candles and there’s presents under evergreen trees
Every child’s smile’s such a pleasure to see.
Every good boy and every good little girl is hoping Santa’s on his way
With a belly full of jelly and a sack full of toys piled high upon his sleigh….
…Bells ringing in the cold clear winter night
We will drink some eggnog by the fire…

Chorus
Its Christmas time its time for Christmas time this time of year
Its Christmas time the time for spreading joy and love and hope and cheer
With everyone you meet, each friend you greet, each time you say hello
Quick, steal a kiss and make a wish beneath the mistletoe…

v2.
Mom and dad are quiet now, the kids are in bed
Sugar plumbs and candy canes are dancing in heads
A fire’s in the fireplace – the flames getting low
Outside a quiet world is covered with snow
Every good boy and every good little girl is hoping Santa’s on his way
With a belly full of jelly and a sack full of toys piled high upon his sleigh….
…Bells ringing in the cold clear winter night
We will drink some eggnog by the fire…

Chorus

Bridge
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, may your hearts be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight…

Sleigh bells ringing in the cold clear winter night
We will drink some eggnog by the fire…

Chorus

Discography

EP: Learning How To Love
-Settlin' Down
-Fire Away
-Worth Fighting For
-Learning How To Love

EP: God Only Knew
-Just As Surprised As You
-Dry Martini
-Woo Girls

Set List

Most Main Stream New Country