"Ever since I could walk, I was running." -'Line 'em Up' from 'willie byrn. ep.'
The signature-soul sound of Willie Byrn started on the football field. From the age of six, his only dream was to play big-time football. Growing up in Virginia Beach, he excelled on the field, but was overlooked by college recruiters.
After graduation, Willie Byrn accepted a walk-on position to play for legendary coach Frank Beamer on the Virginia Tech football team in 2010. His childhood dream had come true but he had much more to prove. Eventually, he earned a scholarship, led the team in receptions as a Junior, and was named captain of the team as a Senior.
After his final game as a Hokie, Byrn moved to the D.C. area to train for a chance at the NFL. Working out three times a day and living in a friend's basement, the only thing he could do to pass time was play music. In those two months, he composed and completed a full-length album, 'Underground Show'-- all on his iPhone. The NFL never called, but music did.
Willie moved home to accept a job as a sports reporter for WVEC- ABC in Norfolk. But music was still calling. After a year and a half at the station, he realized it was time to answer.
On March 2, 2018, Byrn released his second EP, 'Rust in Rain'. The first track, 'Now You're Crazy', was featured on fabchart.net FAB Top 30 chart- landing at #11 and rising as high as 5th.
The day after his EP release, Willie moved to Nashville.
With one dream realized, Willie Byrn now has his sights set on music. And the possibilities are endless.