Fast Facts

  • Introduced to country music by his grandmother.
  • Influences include Hank Williams, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash and Vern Gosdin.
  • Made his public singing debut in church at age 5 with the song "Arky Arky."
  • Developed a vocal lesion in the mid-'90s, due in part to working around chemicals in an agricultural warehouse. He had to cease singing for a year while it healed.
  • Was a classmate of American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle at Belmont University.
  • Wrote breakthrough hit "Long Black Train" after listening to a Hank Williams box set while at the Belmont library. 
  • Released his debut full-length album, Long Black Train, in October 2003. It went on to sell more than 1 million copies.


  • 2007, CMT Music Awards — Male Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Breakthrough Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Joe Turner — Father
  • Carrie Turner — Sister
  • Colby Lynch Turner — Son
  • Jennifer Ford Turner — Wife
  • Matt Turner — Brother
  • Crawford Marion Turner — Son
  • Karen Turner — Mother
  • Hampton Otis Turner — Son


  • Belmont University, Nashville, TN (BA in Music, 2001); attended Francis Marion University, Florence, SC (1996-98)


  • Birth Name: Josh Otis Turner
  • Birth Place: Hannah, SC
  • Profession: Country singer

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