"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 auditioning for the part, Joni Twitty finally found a powerful voice capable of conveying many of the same qualities Conway had." "One of he 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."
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 the world famous Tootsies, it wasnt uncommon for an "A List" star to hop up on stage to do a few songs with Glen and the band.
After earning a reputation as one of the best singer-songwriters to play the shotgun bars and honkytonks in Nashville, Glen was recruited by Mike Murphy, owner of Cowboys Dancehall clubs in Texas. He toured the circuit playing to several thousand people each weekend for his own shows and was the opening act for a number of top names in country music.