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But his father could see how much Walker missed music, so he convinced a waitress at a local restaurant to let his son play a few songs.
Walker took the job, though he was hardly prepared.
It reminds one of a polished stone, not a diamond in the rough.
I was pulled between them.” He eventually chose sports.
Raised in Mobile, Ala., in a “Brady Bunch” household—his parents each brought four children to a blended family before making Walker the ninth—he discovered music early in his life.
His father was a former music minister and one of his half-sisters once auditioned for “Star Search.” “My parents once caught me conducting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” Walker admits.
Hit songwriter Paul Nelson (“Lessons Learned”) was an early supporter. “It was good for my soul.” At around the same time, Walker began playing at Puckett’s Grocery, a well-known area haunt famous for its songwriter nights.
“I don’t know why he took me under his wing, but he gave me an office at his house and wrote with me every week for two years straight. “I wanted to get out of the writers room and take my music to the masses,” Walker says.“Puckett’s was my first regular gig in Nashville.” After a few false starts, Walker caught the attention of Autumn House, an A&R executive at Capitol Records Nashville, who had heard his voice on a few song demos pitched to Keith Urban.Intrigued, she brought him to label president Mike Dungan, who quickly signed him to the label.“I played five songs over and over for an hour,” he admits now.