Josh Turner on Why Now Is the Right Time for His Gospel Album 'I Serve a Savior'

Josh Turner on Why Now Is the Right Time for His Gospel Album 'I Serve a Savior'


Grand Ole Opry star Josh Turner says that it’s undoubtedly an emotional second when he listens to “The River (Of Happiness)," a lower from his just-released Gospel report I Serve A Savior.

“I needed for there to be a second on the report the place my household could possibly be on there in some capability,” he tells Streets Talkin. “When I'd listened again to the music I felt prefer it was the right materials to function them on as a result of Jennifer, my spouse, and my oldest son, Hampton, had written that, I suppose, 4 years in the past. I had heard them play this music earlier than. I had by no means actually listened to the lyrics carefully sufficient to ask myself ‘Did this go on a report of mine?’ That by no means even crossed my thoughts till I used to be engaged on this venture on the lookout for one thing to function them on. When I listened to it, I assumed ‘This is a very good music.’ They wrote it. They're going to sing and play on it and all that and I didn't even really feel like I wanted to be on it. So, I simply allow them to have their second so they may shine and in order that's what they did. I believe they'll be happy with it for years to return.”

After recording for over 15 years, Turner says the time simply felt proper to return out with a Gospel launch.

“I used to be on the heels of my final nation report, Deep South. It debuted at No. 1, and ‘Hometown Girl’ went to the highest of the singles chart. It simply felt proper. I felt prefer it was God's timing. I didn't actually have any massive plans for 2018. This was one thing that I've needed to do for a very long time and simply by no means actually felt like I had the time in my schedule to dedicate to it. I began strolling by the method the whole lot simply felt completely snug and completely pure.”

Turner – an artist who has at all times professed his religion publicly – sounds very a lot at house on the album, notably on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and the title lower, which he co-wrote.

“I simply made a couple of minor tweaks to that music lyrically and made it my very own and that's a music that I've been acquainted with just about my entire life rising up in church and singing that music,” he says of the previous. Then so far as ‘I Serve a Savior’ goes, I suppose that was the latest music on this venture. I wrote that with Mark Narmore couple of years in the past earlier than I even knew that I used to be going to be engaged on this Gospel venture. That's a music that has a particular place in my coronary heart as a result of I wrote it and it got here from an harmless place. I wasn't even writing it for this venture. I simply needed to put in writing one thing that was only a modern-day hymn – one thing that basically form of spoke in direction of the definition of servitude and what meaning. I simply tried to drive that one house as a lot as I probably may in an area that the music allowed me to do it. There was actually a peace on each of these songs.”

Turner admits that there’s a little little bit of a problem when recording a music like “Amazing Grace,” which has been lower actually 1000’s of occasions. But, because it turned out, he and producer Kenny Greenberg got here up with a profitable method.

“It's sort of humorous as a result of I went to Kenny and mentioned, ‘There's two methods I can envision doing this music. It's both actually form of low key simply actually stripped down nearly like a lullaby. Or we will rock it out like Waylon Jennings would.’ And he mentioned, ‘Well, why don't we do each?’ I assumed, 'How are we going to do each?’ That's just about what occurred. The first verse I'm doing is simply the string guitar and that first verse is three/four time, after which we transition to four/four time and are available in with a full band and do the remainder of it that manner. We captured the 2 ways in which I may have envisioned doing this music .”

Another music on I Serve A Savior that has a deep that means for Turner is “I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble,” which options bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne on concord.

“That one is from a hymn report that the Osborne Brothers did again within the late '60s. That report was part of my granny's big report assortment. She had bluegrass and nation and Southern Gospel and every kind of stuff like that. Outside of church, that was my introduction to the world of music. That sort of music simply at all times actually caught with me and that's the place my coronary heart's at all times been. When I began serious about songs that I needed to placed on this report, I began going again to a few of these data that had been in her assortment and I got here throughout this music. And I used to be like, 'Man, this music may actually use a recent method.' I felt prefer it was an awesome music. I felt prefer it was nicely written. Then I began doing analysis into it and I discovered that Loretta Lynn and Teddy Wilburn had truly written it. That made me love the music much more. Then when Bobby agreed to return in and sing on it I used to be simply over the moon about it.”

Having such a legend as Osborne on the album is a sense that Turner treasures.

“That was a second the place I simply felt like the whole lot had simply come full circle. Bobby Osborne's voice was one of many first voices I ever heard coming by a speaker. Here he’s, 86 years previous, and nonetheless going sturdy and singing on the monitor so it's a reasonably good feeling.”

At the identical time the album is being launched, Turner is partnering with Gaither Music for an accompanying DVD. Getting to work with the Gospel stalwart was an equally rewarding expertise. “I didn't actually have a relationship with Bill earlier than this venture, however he's simply a type of guys that once you meet him you simply really feel like him your entire life. He simply makes you’re feeling proper at house. He makes you’re feeling very snug. It simply felt there was a kinship there. It was simply an honor and a pleasure to have the ability to not solely work with him, however to rub elbows with him.”

Now, with the discharge out, Turner plans on selling the brand new music the one manner he is aware of.

“I've already began incorporating songs from the report into my stay reveals and we've received a number of dates left for this yr and we've already been reserving dates for subsequent yr so I'll be out on the highway persevering with to unfold the phrase about this report.”