Born March 1, 1996 and raised in La Porte, Texas, country singer Jake Worthington had a true country kid childhood, developing a love of fishing, mudding, and four-wheeling, and of course, sports, which in turn led him to music after he broke his back playing football.
While laid up from the injury, Worthington discovered his passion for music, particularly for traditional and neo-traditional country, and blessed with the perfect, tuneful Texas drawl of a singing voice, he set about building a professional career. After not making it out of the blind audition for season five of the reality talent show The Voice in 2013, Worthington returned to audition for season six in 2014, this time making the cut, ending up on Blake Shelton
's team and placing second by the show's finale, slipping in traditional country songs by Keith Whitley
, George Strait
, Waylon Jennings
, and others along the way. Earning a fervent fan base through his exposure on The Voice, he returned home to Texas, still only 18 years old, to officially graduate from high school. A debut digital download single, "Heaven," was released in May of 2014. In the coming year, Worthington signed on with W3 Entertainment
and, in late 2015, issued his self-titled debut EP, which continued to play to his old-school traditional country image. Subsequent singles "How Do You Honky Tonk" and "A Lot of Room to Talk" were later included on Worthington's second EP, 2017's Hell of a Highway. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi