Worthy is the professional name of singer, songwriter and guitarist, Michael Worthy Summerfield-Duke. The 24 year-old from a small town in Appalachia West Virginia recently dropped his first tracks on SoundCloud. They introduced a soulful singer/songwriter with a unique sound built on equal parts hip-hop and indie-pop.
When not in the recording studio, Worthy runs his own clothing brand called DEAD (Drugs End All Dreams). The company’s mission is to combat the abuse of opiates and other destructive/addictive drugs. The singer also speaks at schools and rehab centers about drug use. Michael took a hard road to his current success, battling his own drug addiction and all the ensuing personal and legal repercussions.
“Love’s Blind” is the brand new single from Worthy, available worldwide via SoundCloud and YouTube. A jazzy lo-fi guitar introduces the track before the beat drops on a funky downtempo indie-pop groove. On the mic, the singer slides smoothly between a melodic freestyle rap and a soulful radio-ready tenor as he delivers his heartbreaking true tale of love lost to drugs.
Check out “Love’s Blind” below. We had the chance to chat with Worthy about the song. Read his answers to our 8 questions. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist. Get on his socials and join the singer on this new musical journey.
8 Questions with Worthy
Where are you from?
A small Swiss town in West Virginia built by my family and relatives. Called Helvetia
How long have you been making music?
I have been playing guitar and making music since the 6th grade.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Me and Kayla Kiwwa IG@kaylakiwwa
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Not that it’s seen with this song in particular… but Love, Maneskin, Zeppelin, James Carr, Nirvana, A tribe called quest, Mateo Monk, Chances R Good, Electrophunck, Mac Demarco, Mac Miller, Lana del ray, Jimmy hendrix, fleetwood mac, Stevie Ray Vaughn, people’s blues of Richmond, Zach Bryan,
This song has no real influence from others I wouldn’t say, it kinda just came out of me.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
My greatest non musical influence would probably be heart break, addiction, depression, suicidal tendencies, war, poverty, and good movies.
What inspired you to create this project?
My 10 year relationship I lost due to drug abuse.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
Plan is to make music people can relate to, not copy anyone else’s style, create my own, not stick myself in a creative box and do all genres that I can do.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
A smooth sea has never made a skilled sailor.
“Everybody’s gotta live
And everybody’s gonna die
Everybody’s gotta live
You gotta live, before you, know the reason why” – Love