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It’s All About the Song

Alumnus Josh Turner Hosts Masterclass on Making it in the Music Industry

Students gathered on April 3 to hear multi-platinum recording artist—and Belmont alumnus—Josh Turner speak on the 20th anniversary of his hit debut album, “Long Black Train.” Turner talked about the inspiration behind his career-launching song, saying “’Long Black Train’ was one of those songs that just snuck up on me.” He wrote it in only 24 hours during his time at Belmont in the Hillside apartment where he was living, never knowing that the song would change his life.

Turner’s agent, Barry Jeffrey, said, “Over the years a lot has changed about the music industry. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the song. It’s incredible what a song can do for an artist.” Turner went on to establish his legendary status in country music history in 2005 with the release of his first number one hit, “Your Man,” a collaboration with Chris Stapleton, Chris DuBois and Jace Everett.

“Your Man” experienced a resurgence in 2011 when Scotty McCreery performed it on American Idol and went on to win the televised talent competition. “It’s had a rebirth several times,” he said. “It’s now certified triple platinum, which is insane.”

Turner remains an inspiration to Belmont students and anyone who comes from a humble background but believes in themselves and believes in their dreams. “It does my heart good just to see how much joy one song can bring,” said Turner. “From day one, this thing was not just about me, it’s been about the people I can reach. Music is powerful, and we take that for granted.”

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