Josh Turner

  • Country and gospel music singer, songwriter and guitarist born in 1977 in Hannah South Carolina.
  • Turner sang at his church as a teenager, where he started a gospel quartet named Thankful Hearts, singing the bass parts. After high school, he moved to Nashville, hoping to catch on in the country music space. He studied old time country music, particularly Hank Williams, and he wrote songs and developed a style that was reminiscent of traditional country music with a hint of modern country – kind of an anti-bro-country artist at a time when bro-country was hitting its stride. In December 2001, he earned a debut at the Grand Ole Opry. He performed his song Long Black Train, a song inspired by Hank Williams. By the middle of the song, the audience was on its feet applauding, and he performed it again as an encore. Soon after, he was signed to a recording contract.
  • His first single, She’ll Go On You, only reached #49 on the Hot Country Songs chart, but when Long Black Train was released in May 2003, it reached #13 on the chart, and it was his breakthrough. His debut album of the same name was released in October that year, and it was certified platinum. Another single from the album, What It Ain’t, reached #31 on country chart.
  • Turner’s second studio album, Your Man, was released in 2006. It topped the country albums chart and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, certified 2x platinum. The first two singles from the album both topped the Country Songs chart – Your Man and Would You Go With Me. Another song from the album – Me and God – was his first single to get radio play on Christian oriented stations. The success of this album led to his inclusion into the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. Also that year, the Everything Is Fine album was released. It continued his success, with the single Firecracker reaching #2 on the country chart.
  • Entering the 10s, Turner released his Haywire album. Why Don’t We Just Dance topped the country chart, and it was his highest charting song on the Hot 100, reaching #35. It ended 2010 as the #3 country song of the year. All Over Me from the album also topped the country chart. Punching Bag (2012) and Deep South (2017) both were #1 on the Country Albums chart. The single Time Is Love reached #2 on the country chart while Hometown Girl peaked at #5.
  • He continued to focus on his Christian faith during the 10s. In 2014 he published a book titled Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. In 2018, Turner released I Serve A Savior, his first album of gospel music, mostly covers of gospel standards. It reached #2 on both the Country Albums and Christian Albums charts. The title track was a original piece co-written by Turner, and another track The River (Of Happiness) was written by his wife and his eight year old son.
  • His 2020 album Country State of Mind contained twelve songs, all covers of country songs mostly from the 80s and 90s. Several songs feature guest vocals by the artist who originally released the songs more that 20 years earlier. He also covered two classics from the 50s that originally were released by his heroes Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash. His first Christmas album, King Sized Manger, was released in 2021.
  • Turner was a refreshing alternative to much of the 21st century country music factory sound that became prevalent during the 00s. And wow – that deep baritone vocal! Perfect for the neo-traditional country music sound. Johnny Cash would be proud! Here’s the video to Your Man. 

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