Country music sensation Aaron Watson made it the old fashioned way: through hard work, grit and determination. The only recording artist to make it without a record label, Watson credits his parents for teaching him about hard work and never giving up. He treasures one story, in particular, about the heartbreaking day a record producer told him he didn’t have the right stuff.
“After he said we didn’t have what it takes, I went back home, and I was pretty heart broke,” Watson said. “And I told my dad, ‘They don’t like my songs.’ And he said, ‘That’s alright. They said the same thing to Willie.’ And then dad said, ‘When Willie turned 45 years old, he made it.'”
At the time, Watson was 21 years old.
“I’m thinking, ‘Whoa, dad, so are you saying that it’s going to take me 24 years to make it?’ He said ‘Yeah, if you want it bad enough.'” Watson recalled.
Eighteen years, 13 albums and 2,500 shows later, Watson is at the top of his game.
“I just applied all the principles that my mom and dad taught me growing up of being all heart, all hustle, giving God all the glory, and I used all of those things they taught me. My business model is very simple: Faith, Family and Fans,” Watson said.
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