Josh Turner: Love Train (2004)
With his hit “Long Black Train” chugging up the charts, newcomer Josh Turner rolls fearlessly into marriage.
You couldn't blame a newlywed for being nervous – committing to another person for the rest of your life is a huge responsibility. But Josh Turner isn't one bit scared.
"I don't have any fears," declares the singer of the current Top hit “Long Black Train.”
"There is no fear in love."
So Josh said "I do" to wife Jennifer on June 14 outside Atlanta, in front of about 400 friends and family. "I know who I am, I know who she is and vice versa," he reports. "We agree on the most important things in life, and we're committed to each other and to God."
Religion plays a big role in Josh's life – he and Jennifer are both devout Baptists – and that attention to spirituality is reflected in his music. Indeed, his "Long Black Train" is pretty much an all-out gospel song, a warning against sinful temptations.
There's victory in the Lord, sings Josh. Cling to the Father and His holy name, and don't go riding on that long black train.
"I don't feel like it's unusual to have a spiritual song in the country genre," he says. "My earliest musical memories were of listening to my grandmother's vinyl records of gospel quartets and bluegrass gospel, like the Osborne Brothers and the Stanley Brothers. I think 'Long Black Train' fits right into that tradition."
Some listeners might have thought that any singer with a voice that deep must have at least 50 years or so of living tucked into his belt – but no so. Josh only recently turned 26 – and he looks even younger, especially in person.
Josh was in his late teens when he left his hometown of Hannah, S.C., to come to Nashville, where he studied music at Belmont University. That’s where he met Jennifer, who went on to earn a master's degree in music from the University of Georgia. She now teaches private lessons in piano and voice.
Josh's music, on the other hand, is anything but private – his debut album, Long Black Train, is now on sale everywhere.
"I can walk into one record store and see the album, and then go into another record store and see it there, too," he explains. "But I don't think I can comprehend the fact that it's in every store, nationwide. It's a little surreal."
"Long Black Train," which Josh wrote in 1999, was offered to Johnny Cash – but the late legend turned it down. "I think he was bound and determined that he wasn't gonna do any more train songs," laughs Josh.