Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 8 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.
Turner released his sixth studio album Deep South in March featuring the #1 hit single “Hometown Girl.” Turner shares, “I’ve lived a lot of life since the release of my last album (Punching Bag) and I’ve learned a lot during the making of this album. I have grown as a writer and as an artist. It’s been cool to see this culmination of life and lessons and age boiled down into this project and I am really proud of Deep South.” Turner wrote four of the 11 tracks on the highly-anticipated album including the title track and he is impressing fans and critics alike.
Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly awaited album from a country purist.” PEOPLE Magazine says the “Nashville veteran flaunts his deep bass” on Deep South and that the album is “an ode to down-home staples, from finding that perfect love on ‘Hometown Girl’ to savoring the laid-back life on the title track.”
Turner checked off another bucket list item when he added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.
For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.
With Opening act: Levi Hummon
Levi Hummon made his imprint on the Nashville community before he realized the extent of his craft. Born and raised in Music City, Levi was surrounded by music greats. Even though he studied painting in college, he was being drawn back to his dormant musical talents – singing and songwriting. At the close of a significant relationship, Levi began to explore songwriting as a way to navigate his life and relationships. Soon after, Levi realized his need to return home in order to turn this newfound hobby into a reality.
Learning to always bring his distinctive ideas and concepts to a writing session, Levi quickly streamlined his unique style. “You’re letting someone into your world which is really vulnerable,” he says. “I write from a reflective & personal place. Most of the time, I couldn’t see anyone else singing these songs because they reflect my life.”
Once he moved back to Nashville, Levi continued to develop his personal sound, often with the help of his father, Grammy-Award winning songwriter Marcus Hummon. He then started finding himself working with notable songwriters such as Shane MacAnally, Andrew Dorff, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Jonathan Singleton, Nathan Barlowe, Brandy Clark and Trevor Rosen, among many others. Levi also wrote with legendary entertainer Steven Tyler on the rocker’s past single “Red, White and You,” – which hit #1 in Italy.
Over the years, Levi’s collaborations led the Nashville native to team up with notable producers, Chris Destefano, Shane McAnally, Desmond Child, and Jimmy Robbins. “Levi has a way of grabbing your attention from the very first note,” Robbins shared. “I knew from our first session that he had a voice that was going to matter for Country music. He was born into songwriting and you can tell that when you work with him. His instincts are a great combination of commercial and artistic that make his music feel important and weighted while still feeling light and fun.”
As one of Entertainment Weekly’s 5 Artists Breaking Now, Levi spent the year creating new music and independently releasing his first two singles, Don’t Waste the Night and Stupid. Collectively, both songs streamed over 11 million streams in less than a year with Stupid being featured as an exclusive Amazon Weekly One track. Amidst a year of new music, Levi had his first international appearance in the U.K. and Canada on the CMA Songwriters Series with fellow writers, Marcus Hummon, Michael Tyler, Brandy Clark, Angaleena Presley, & Lindsay Ell.
At the end of 2017, Levi teamed up with his dad Marcus Hummon and Grammy-Award winning songwriter Tom Douglas, to pen one of Hummon’s most heart-felt projects to-date, Love Heals. Featuring family friend and bluegrass-country icon, Alison Krauss, the song pays homage to his mother Becca Steven’s local charity, Thistle Farms - thistlefarms.org, and offers the message of hope and redemption to listeners.
Levi’s been busy on the road touring with the likes of Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore; closing 2017 as support on Eli Young Band’s Fingerprints Tour. You can find more info about Levi’s upcoming dates and performances at LeviHummon.com.