Multi-platinum MCA recording artist and Belmont alumnus Josh Turner, pictured at right with his wife, Jennifer, and Dr. Fisher, was inducted into the world-famous Grand Ole Opry Saturday evening by Opry superstar Vince Gill.
After Turner performed current radio hit “Firecracker” and his breakthrough debut single “Long Black Train,” Gill made Opry membership official. During the induction, which aired live on Great American Country (GAC), Turner was presented the Opry Member Award, a 14-inch bronze and oak wood replica of the Opry’s vintage microphone stand. Opry Vice President and General Manger Pete Fisher said, “We’re so happy to formally welcome Josh into our family tonight and look forward to years of great Opry performances and career accomplishments to come.” To view Turner’s induction and performance, visit Opry Live.
Just prior to the telecast, GAC aired a new documentary titled “Josh Turner – My Road To The Opry.” The one-hour special included segments filmed on Belmont’s campus with Josh and his wife Jennifer, also an alumna, recounting how they met as well as how Josh was first inspired to write “Long Black Train” after a session in Bunch library listening to a Hank Williams box set. The program is scheduled to air again on Tues., Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Central. For additional broadcast dates, click here.
Turner burst onto the national scene in 2003 with his debut album Long Black Train, selling more than a million copies. His follow up disc, Your Man, has sold more than double that amount establishing Turner as one of the fastest-rising stars in country music today. The singer’s latest album, Everything Is Fine, hits stores Oct. 30. For more information, visit www.joshturner.com.
For more on this story, read The Tennessean‘s weekend interview with Josh Turner here.