“The pregnancy rate rose 50 percent after this song was released,” joked the Country Music Association executive Hank Adam Locklin as he handed out certificates to the writers of Josh Turner’s seductive hit, “Your Man.”
Locklin made his remark Wednesday (April 5) at a No. 1 party held at ASCAP’s Nashville office to honor songwriters Chris DuBois and Chris Stapleton. BMI, another performance rights organization that is ASCAP’s chief rival, followed the bash with a celebration of its own for the song’s third writer, Epic Records artist Jace Everett. Turner attended both events.
ASCAP’s Mike Sistad reminded the celebrants that “Your Man” was DuBois’ fourth No. 1 single. Because it was Stapleton’s first, Sistad awarded him the traditional ASCAP trophy for reaching that milestone, a monogrammed jacket. “Your Man” was also Turner’s first single to top the charts. (“Long Black Train,” his previous highwater mark, peaked at No. 13.)
“From the first time I heard [the song],” Turner told the crowd, “I knew there was something special about it. I didn’t know what it was.” He thanked his producer, Frank Rogers, for helping him see the song’s potential.
Turner called his wife Jennifer forward to stand with him and the writers during the ceremonies. “She’s the hot babe in the [music] video,” he pointed out. (The video in question shows him and his wife preparing for a romantic evening at a fancy hotel.)
Gary Overton, head of EMI Nashville, one of the song’s publishers, quoted a critic who described “Your Man” as “sexy, not sappy.”
“When I first heard him sing it,” DuBois said, “that’s when I first thought it might be a hit.” In a halting voice, Stapleton thanked a series of people involved in the song’s success. And he praised his parents, who stood in the crowd looking on. Also in attendance was DuBois’ dad Tim, an award-winning songwriter himself and currently senior partner of Universal South Records.
Turner took the microphone once more to say, “I especially want to thank Jace for not cutting this song.” To which Everett replied, “I don’t want to talk about it.”
At the BMI party, Everett downplayed his contributions to writing the song. “They allowed me to show up one day,” he explained. As to why he didn’t record “Your Man” himself, he observed, “I think when you hear Josh Turner sing it, you’ll know why.” But, he continued, “That’s not to say I won’t cut it in a few albums — just to capitalize on its success.”
BMI’s David Preston proclaimed Turner “one of the greatest voices ever in country music.”
It was the second consecutive day of celebration for Frank Rogers. A day earlier, ASCAP and BMI had honored him for producing Brad Paisley’s latest hit, “When I Get Where I’m Going.” But he seemed ill at ease among all the high-fiving and backslapping, preferring instead to blend into the crowd, holding his daughter Ella in his arms.