Josh Turner: The Man Behind the Music
May 18, 2014
One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart-toppers): “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance” (a four-week No. 1 that was named the most-played song of the year in 2010 by MediaBase). His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.
A Hannah, S.C. native, Turner has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. As a high school student, he had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools.
Celebrating one of his fastest-rising singles to-date, “Time Is Love,” Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag on Tuesday, June 12 which debuted at No. 1 on the BillboardCountry Albums Chart. The Associated Presssays, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.”
On August 27, he released a live album exclusively with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, Live Across America, which he is currently promoting out on his Cracker Barrel-sponsored 2012 headlining tour. The album was recorded at live shows from Lancaster, Pa. to Kansas City, Mo. and more.
For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming tour dates and to purchase his new album, visit www.JoshTurner.com.
Ariat catches up with Josh Turner