Drew Womack

About Drew

Drew Womack

"Irony has no sympathy for old fools who don't learn from mistakes they've made..."

Singer-songwriter Drew Womack knows firsthand the ups and downs of the music industry. But, he also knows how to bounce back, not only from experience with the fickle music business, but also from a serious and debilitating health issue that threatened his livelihood.

Today, Womack’s health is restored. A decade after being forced to step out of the spotlight, he is fully recovered and pain free. He’s also free from the record industry establishment, back to making music--his way.

Drew Womack

The Journey

Womack first hit the national recording scene with his band, Sons of the Desert, out of Waco, Texas. Signed to Epic Records in 1996, their debut album, Whatever Comes First, spawned several country radio hits including a title track that charted on theBillboard Top 10 in the US and at #1 in Europe.

Womack and Sons of the Desert eventually moved to MCA Records where they released Change and several more radio singles. In addition, Sons of the Desertcollaborated with Lee Ann Womack (no relation) on her blockbuster, Song of the Year hit, "I Hope You Dance."

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Collaborations & Awards

During the time he was performing and recording with Sons, Womack was writing and collaborating with several of Nashville’s top hit-makers. Womack has written ten top 10 hit songs, including Kenny Chesney’s first #1 smash, DzShe’s Got It Alldz (co-written with Craig Wiseman.) He also had collaborations with Peter Frampton, Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) and Tim McGraw, among many others. As a songwriter, Womack has earned five ASCAP and two BMI awards.

Meanwhile, Sons had racked up three Academy of Country Music awards, a Country Music Association award, two Country Music Television awards and a total of 11 nominations among the most prestigious of country music awards.

The band ventured on and recorded several songs that MCA chose not to release. Several of those went on to become big hits for other artists, including "God Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts), "Red Ragtop" (Tim McGraw) and "Raining on Sunday" (Keith Urban.) Sons of the Desert eventually left MCA and disbanded.

“Being on two major labels was a great learning experience," recalled Womack. "As an artist, it took me several years to really grasp how it all works. But, the most important lesson I learned is that the music industry is a business and the labels make their decisions based on business. Knowing this, I harbor no hard feelings whatsoever.”

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Solo Album Success & Health Challenge

In 2003, Womack released his first, self-titled solo album that yielded two top-5 singles and an international tour. But, just as things were turning around and looking up, Womack, who had already been suffering from recurring back pain, was on tour in Australia when he fractured a vertebra. Upon his return to the US an MRI revealed the extent of his injury. Facing possible permanent disability, Womack chose to have corrective surgery, a procedure that took 12+ hours.

Following the operation, Womack required an extended recovery period, as well as extensive physical therapy. Sidelined for a while from live performances, Womack continued his songwriting. "There was a point where I just didn’t know how I could return to performing. So, naturally, that inspired me to continue songwriting."

During that period, he also collaborated with many leading figures of the "Texas Red Dirt" movement, co-writing, producing and singing with artists like Pat Green, CoryMorrow, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Abbott and many others who have since become Womack fans.

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A New Biginning

Eventually, with the support of his family, his peers and his many fans, Womack was able to resume his live performances. Today, Womack’s calendar is full. Spending 8 hours a day in his studio, he continues his writing, both for recording and television, as well as producing a number of artists. Somehow, he also manages to do 150 live dates a year.

Womack’s 16 year old son, Max, didn’t land far from the tree and writes, produces and performs his own music, with one of his recording projects chronicled in a Washington Post feature. Says Drew Womack,

"I am extremely proud and gratified to see Max blossoming in his own right. Heck, he critiques my stuff.”

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