Josh Turner recently released his No.1-debuting album I Serve A Savior, and is teaming up with Cracker Barrel to celebrate the project. Josh is a disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Turner has been an Opry member for over 10 years and he recently reveled in his 150th performance on the famed Opry circle. Adding a new dimension to the GRAMMY nominee’s already acclaimed career, the faith-based collection produced by Kenny Greenburg includes hand-picked hymns, alongside brand-new originals and live recordings of some of Turner’s most memorable hits including “Me and God” and “Long Black Train.” This week, Turner shared some of his time with us talking about the new record and his Christmas memories.
Congratulations on the recent release of I Serve A Savior! What has the response been like?
The response so far has been great! This release has been a long time coming for my fans. They've asked me for years when I was going to do a gospel record and I finally did!
What was your inspiration behind this album, and how long was this record in the works?
When the opportunity to make this record came along, I jumped at it. I had already had a running mental list of songs for this record. It was just a matter of putting it all together and making sure the production was how I wanted it. This was the fastest record I've ever made from conception to release.
What was your favorite collaboration, writing or recording, on I Serve A Savior?
My favorite collaboration on this record is probably a toss-up between having written the title track with my longtime friend, Mark Narmore, and singing "I Pray My Way Out Of Trouble" with Bobby Osborne.
Tell us a little about your partnership with Cracker Barrel and their Countdown to Christmas campaign.
Cracker Barrel has always been good to me, whether they knew it or not! I've had several tour sponsorships with them and they've been selling my music in their stores since 2007. I'm honored to have not only another record in their stores, but a DVD now! This holiday season, I also shot two exclusive acoustic performances for Cracker Barrel’s Countdown to Christmas.
What is one Christmas tradition you and your family ensure you complete each year?
The Christmas traditions in our family are fairly simple, but we always carve out time to read the Christmas story from the Bible to remind ourselves why we celebrate this holiday. Beyond that, we have to make sure we watch our favorite Christmas movies which include 'Home Alone' 1 & 2, and 'The Polar Express'. I've also fallen in love with the special, 'Christmas In Norway' with the St. Olaf Choir.
What is one of your favorite Christmas memories?
One of my favorite Christmas memories would have to be spending Christmas Eve evening at my daddy's parents' house. That side of our family was so big, we would all have to gather in their garage with chairs along each wall with a mountain of gifts on the floor in the middle of the circle. We would eat, and laugh and fellowship, then we would get in the garage and there'd be one person each year in charge of distributing the gifts one at a time. After each person would open a gift, the whole family would be cued by my Uncle Buck (yes, Uncle Buck!) to holler out a big WOOOOOOO!!!!
Looking forward to 2019, what are you most looking forward to in the new year?
2019 is already shaping up to be a great year. I'll be on the road a good bit and I'll be working towards my next project, whatever that is.