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Though many singers take their health for granted, Josh Turner is thankful every time he steps onto a stage. Born Joshua Otis Turner, the South Carolina native began singing in a church choir from the age of 8, and formed his first band Thankful Hearts while still in high school. A popular regional gospel quartet, Turner remained in Thankful Hearts after high school, studying for a time at Francis Marion University, but the group dissolved when Josh was diagnosed with a lesion on his right vocal chord in 1996.

Vocal damage can ruin a singer's career, but Josh got lucky. Voice experts from Vanderbilt University recommended that Josh quit singing for a time to speed up the natural healing process; after taking a year off his voice improved dramatically. Still itching to pursue a musical career, Josh began taking vocal classes in his free time and moved to Nashvile, Tennessee to study music at Belmont University, a renowned liberal arts college that has produced a number of successful country singers, with Trisha Yearwood and Brad Paisley among notable alumni.

Brad's big break in occurred in 2003, when his single "Long Black Train" climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs index. The lead track of his first album of the same name released later that year, Brad made waves in the country music scene with his deep, expressive voice and neotraditional musical stylings, inviting comparisons to county greats like Randy Travis and Billy Ray Cyrus. Long Black Train went on to sell over a million copies in the United States alone.

Turner followed up the success of Long Black Train with the release of his next album, Your Man, in 2006. His most successful album to date, Your Man nabbed the singer two Grammy nominations and went on to become certified double-platinum by the RIAA. Josh Turner was widely praised for his ability to release uplifting, inspirational music inspired by his gospel roots that refrains from being preachy or didactic, evident when listening to singles "Me and God" and "Would You Go With Me".

He released is most recent album, Everything Is Fine, in late 2007, backed by successful singles "Firecracker" and "Another Try". 2007 was a big year for Turner; after a successful summer tour, he was inducted into the Grand Ol' Opry by country legend Vince Gill in October. As of 2008, Turner is currently slated to star in an upcoming film based on the life of influential American revivalist preacher Billy Graham, and has hinted that he may be working on an upcoming gospel album.

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Joshua Otis "Josh" Turner (born November 20, 1977) is an American country music artist.

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Josh Turner (born Joshua Otis Turner, November 20, 1977 in Hannah, South Carolina) is an American music singer-songwriter. Josh Turner is a country artist who describes his music as South Carolina Lowcountry. His voice and musical style has often been compared to that of Johnny Cash's. Hailing from the Hannah, South Carolina, Josh moved to Nashville in 1996 to study music at Belmont University. It was there that he met his current wife, Jennifer Ford, whom he married in 2003. During that same year, he released his debut album, Long Black Train.

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Joshua Otis "Josh" Turner (born November 20, 1977) is an American country music singer and actor. Signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2003, Turner has released four studio albums for the label. The first of these was 2003's Long Black Train, whose title track was his breakthrough single release. 2005's Your Man accounted for his first two Number One hits: "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me," while 2007's Everything Is Fine included a #2 in "Firecracker." Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the #1 "Why Don't We Just Dance." Overall, Turner has charted ten times on the Billboard country singles charts, with all but one of his singles reaching Top 40 or higher.

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