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Josh Turner Biography

Birth Name:
Josh Otis Turner
Birth Place:
Hannah, South Carolina, United States
Country singer

Fast Facts

  • Introduced to country music by his grandmother; Turner has said his 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
  • " The first album he bought was Randy Travis' Storms of Life (1986)
  • Developed a vocal lesion in the mid-'90s, due in part to working around chemicals in an agricultural warehouse; Turner had to stop singing for a year in order to let it heal
  • 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 one night at the Belmont University library
  • On his walk home, Turner said he had a vision about a black train and wrote the song that night
  • Released his debut full-length, Long Black Train, in 2003; it went on to sell more than 1 million copies on the strength of the title track


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