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Josh Turner opens up about new Christian album ‘I Serve A Savior’ (Includes interview)

Regarding his new Christian album, Turner said, “My fans have been asking about this for a long time and I have been wanting to do this for a long time. The opportunity came along and it was the right time to do this. I made a mental list of the songs that I wanted to record, and I decided to jump in with both feet.”

The song “The River (of Happiness),” was co-penned by his wife, Jennifer, and their eldest son, Hampton. “I was very pleased being able to jam on that. It’s a song that my wife and my oldest son wrote together, and all four of my boys are singing on it. That song is a cool moment on the record.”

Sonya Isaacs is featured on two songs on Turner’s album on harmonies. “Sonya is great. It is awesome to have her on a couple of songs on this record. She is a very gifted singer and when she opens her mouth, you feel something automatically,” he said.

On his plans for the future, Turner said, “I will be promoting this record and the DVD that will both coming out on the same day. I am really excited about that. I will be out on the road next year too.”

Each day, Turner is motivated by his “love for music.” “Sometimes, I have to pinch myself in the morning that I get to wake up and sing, write and perform country music, and now gospel music, for a living,” he said. “I am living my dream. I am very blessed.”

In the dream duets department, Turner shared that he is fulfilled since he has been afforded the privilege to sing with such artists as Randy Travis, John Anderson, and Trisha Yearwood (“Another Try”). “Trisha Yearwood is one of my favorite singers,” he admitted. “I sang with her on my third record.”

On becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Turner said, “It was great, and it was one of my career highlights. It was a real honor to be officially part of their family.”

Another neat moment was when Turner surprised Scotty McCreery while he was competing on American Idol, during his hometown visit, and they sang together. “That was a pretty crazy day,” Turner recalled.

For aspiring singer-songwriters, Turner said, “Just do it because you love it and be yourself. Don’t let you record label or management tell you who to be or how to sing. Follow your heart.”

On the key to longevity in the music business, Turner noted that it is about taking it one day at a time. “Allowing your love and passion for music to guide you,” he said.

Turner also acknowledged that he enjoyed playing for NASH FM 94.7’s Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 in New York City. “It was pretty cool,” Turner said. “I’ve got a few friends in New York.”

Digital transformation of the music industry

On the impact of technology on the music business, Turner said, “It is an ever-changing industry and business. The way that we get the music to the fans and the consumers are always going to change, but as long as we are continuing to improve on that process and trying to reach more people, the better. I have no problem with it.”

Turner revealed that his I Serve A Savior album will be available on vinyl. “I am really proud of this record, and it has a good flow to it,” he said.

In his spare time, Turner enjoys hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with his family. He defined success as “Being happy with what you are doing for a living.”

His new album, I Serve A Savior, is available for pre-order on iTunes.

Josh Turner

Josh Turner
MCA Nashville

To learn more about Josh Turner and his new music, check out his official website.

Written By

Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 17,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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