Flanked by his proud mom and dad, Josh Turner accepted the second platinum album of his career — this one for Your Man — at a party held Tuesday (Oct. 10) in Nashville. He also used the occasion to note the birth of his first child, Hampton Otis Turner, on Friday (Oct. 6). The luncheon celebration took place at Nashville’s trendy Cabana restaurant near Music Row.
A platinum designation means record stores have ordered at least 1 million copies of the album.
Turner, whose first platinum CD was Long Black Train, said he’d lately been asking himself, “Why are all these good things happening to me? I don’t understand it. It’s overwhelming.” Observing that a recording artist’s life is not all glamour, he continued, “There’s been a lot of challenges I’ve had to go through.” His enduring aim, he said, has simply been to be “a household name and have people to come to me for good music.”
Chief among the dozens of people Turner thanked for the success of his albums was Luke Lewis, who came in to head MCA Records not long after the South Carolina-born singer signed to the label. “Luke and I just hit it off,” he explained, “right after I gave him that Hank Williams bobblehead.”
Turner then invited his parents, Joe and Karen, to stand beside him. He praised them for recognizing his singing talent and making him put it to use — even though he initially resisted. “I didn’t want to get in front of crowds,” he admitted. “I had stage fright.”
Lewis paid tribute to two figures who had been crucial to Turner’s career but who weren’t at the party: Mark Wright, the record producer who signed him to MCA, and Jody Williams, the music publisher who gave him his first song publishing deal.
Partygoers included Frank Rogers, Turner’s producer; Ted Greene, his manager; Grand Ole Opry manager Pete Fisher; and songwriters John Scott Sherrill, Shawn Camp and Billy Burnette.