Country Music People December 2018 - Page 50

JOSH TURNER A Higher Power T BY DUNCAN WARWICK here’s nothing better than God-given talent. Josh Turner is certainly one of the recipients of such a gift. Even his speaking voice rumbles low and hints at his powerful baritone. It’s a voice that made one heck of an entrance with his debut single Long Black Train in 2003 and saw him nominated for the Horizon Award and song Of The Year at the following year’s CMA Awards.It didn’t win but It did clear up at the Inspirational Country Music Awards. Faith has always been important to Josh Turner and with his latest release he is giving a little back with a full-blown tribute to the man upstairs. Called I Serve A Savior and featuring new songs alongside traditional hymns and songs of faith it is the record we’ve always known Turner had in him, and one that he’s probably always wanted to make. “Yeah, it is,” confirms the deep voice at the other end of the phone. “I do want to clarify one thing. A lot of people ask me or have asked me why did it take so long for me to make this record, and the honest answer is I feel like God has told me to be a country singer in my life and so up until this point my priority has been to establish myself as that and I feel like I’ve done that. So coming off the heels of Deep South, debuting at number one on the album chart and then Hometown Girl going to number one on the singles chart. I didn’t real have any big plans for 2018 outside of touring, so when this opportunity came I just felt like it was God’s time. I just felt like it was the right time to go after this. I’m glad I did. It was a lot of fun and I love the way this record has 50 cmp - DECEMBER 2018 come together. My fans are very pleased.” Turner’s releases have often included a song of faith and this release has been inevitable at some point in the eyes of his fans. “I’ve tried, on every record of mine just to show a heart. Not every record has had a Gospel song or a faith song on it but most of them have. That’s the most important thing to me in my life and I feel that that’s the most important message that I can get out there to people, that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and he conquered the grave, and he’s gonna come back one day, so our goal is to live for him, and serve him, and work with him.” I Serve A Savior is Turner’s seventh studio album and features appearances by bluegrasser Bobby Osborne (Osborne Brothers), Christian singer Sonya Isaacs, and Turner’s own family. There are also new live recordings of Turner favourites Long Black Train and Me And God alongside traditional hymns and new songs. Explaining the thought process behind choosing the songs Turner says, “Well, when it came time to make a Gospel record, ‘Gospel’ can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and I wanted to come at this record from a lot of different perspectives. So the song choice just came from a variety of sources, so we have the standard hymns like Amazing Grace and Great Is Your Faithfulness and that kind of stuff, we also have original songs on here, we have covers of Hank Williams’ I Saw The Light and obviously I did new versions of Long Black Train and Me And God, and I even did Swing Low Sweet Chariot. I feel like there’s a lot of variety on this record.”