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Glen Templeton

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:00 PM

Im not sure I chose country music, in a way it kind of chose me, explains Glen Templeton, one of Country Musics most promising up and coming stars. I probably had ten or eleven jobs from the time I got out of high school until the time I finally moved to Nashville and I think I was probably fired ten or eleven times too!, says Templeton with his trademark mischievous grin. Id show up for work bleeding through the eyes from being out singing and playing music the night before and pretty soon the boss man would have enough and Id be fired. The thing is, the more jobs you lose, the less and less professional that next job becomes. One day youre working at the Chevrolet garage or running heavy equipment and the next thing you know youre digging ditches by hand with a shovel. Thats why I say I think country music kind of chose me. It just kept pulling on me, no matter what the cost was at the time.Today, GT, as his friends refer to him, wraps his hands around the neck of a guitar instead of a shovel. Its a career change that seems to be working out now the jobs are becoming more and more professional. In 2008 GT was hand picked by Conway Twittys daughters to portray Conway in the touring musical tribute to their father. They first heard about Glen through Joni Twittys husband, John Wesley Ryles. Ryles, a noted studio background vocalist, had worked with Glen on demo projects. With more than 20,000 hopefuls auctioning for the part, Joni Twitty finally found a powerful voice capable of conveying many of the same qualities Conway had. One of the biggest thrills of my life was performing the inaugural show of the musical, explains Templeton. We were still waiting for my wardrobe to be finished for the tour and I actually got to wear some of Conways old suits. I wore these custom wigs they made for me out in LA. I was singing his songs and hearing people react to them the way they must have reacted to him. In a way, it was like getting a chance to literally walk in the shoes of one of my musical heroes.When asked about some of his influences growing up, Glen had this to say, I listened to a lot of Waylon Jennings because I liked his outlaw style of music; and I really liked Haggard too, the simplicity and the way he told a real story in his songs; and Conway too of course. He had so much power and emotion in his singing. All three of them are great songwriters and had their own way of making people believers in what they were singing. I hope someday people will say the same thing about me that I have my own unique way of singing a song and making people believe in what Im singing about. Thats why Im in this for the long haul. Ive got a lot of things Id like to say.Glens writing is already speaking to people. His songs, God Bless the Good Ole Boys Like Me and Country Boy For Life are shaped by experiences he had growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My parents split up when I was real little, and I was raised by my Memaw, Templeton recalls fondly. She lived on a pension check and we never had a lot of materialistic things. I never had a car or anything like that and there was a time I wore about three different outfits to school for a couple of years in a row. But you know, I always had everything I really needed. Ive really been blessed in life. Even though my parents werent around much at times, I knew they both loved me. Especially as I got older, we grew closer. Glen still carries a part of his father Dwights legacy inside of him, although he passed away a few years ago. My daddy was a country music singer too, explains Glen. Back in the 70s he had a single out called California. I remember one time he came up to see me when I was living in Nashville. I got him up on the stage at the club I was playing and we did some songs together. He really knocked it down. Ill never forget that.Glen has shared the stage with a number of other country music artists as well. In his early Nashville days, he worked the clubs down on lower Broadway. At

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