He debuted on the Grand Ole Opry on December 21, 2001 and sang a song he had written himself, "Long Black Train." The audience raved over Josh and the track, sealing its fate as a future hit.
In June of 2003, Josh married Jennifer Ford. The two met at Belmont University and were married four months to the day before the release of Josh's first album.
Josh and Jennifer are expecting their first son this October.
In 2003, Turner released his debut album, Long Black Train. Prior to its release, Turner had released 7" vinyl singles of "She'll Go On You" and "Long Black Train." Both singles featured Long Black Train album track "Backwoods Boy" as a B-side. "She'll Go On You" didn't garner much if any attention. "Long Black Train" went on to be a hit single.
In 2004, the album was certified platinum thanks to the hit song of the same name. "Long Black Train" peaked at #13 on Billboard's US Country chart and received a large amount of radio and TV airplay.
Later in 2004, Turner released the next and last single off the album. "What It Ain't" was a moderate hit, charting at #31 on the US Country chart. The video received decent airplay on music video channels such as CMT and GAC.
In early 2006, Turner released his sophomore album, Your Man. The album's first single and title track, "Your Man," was released in late 2005. The song went on to become Turner's biggest hit to date, hitting #1 on the US Country chart and climbing to #38 on the Hot 100. The song also did well in digital downloads.
Your Man was certified Gold by the RIAA just 4 weeks after its release. By comparison, it took Long Black Train 12 weeks to attain Gold certification. Your Man was certified Platinum seven months after it's release. This came in the midst of a sales surge for the album. Twenty-four weeks into it's release, the album began seeing weekly increases and eventually re-appeared in the top 30 albums in the United States.
"Would You Go With Me" was the second single released from Your Man. The song debuted at #47 on Billboard's Country chart and climbed into the top 40 in its third week. The song became Turner's third top 15 country hit and also a digital download hit.
It has been speculated that Turner's duet with Ralph Stanley, "Me and God," will be released as a single to Christian radio. Other songs that are speculated to be future singles off of Your Man are "White Noise," Turner's duet with John Anderson, and "Loretta Lynn's Lincoln."
In August of 2006, CMT premiered a new show, Cross Country. The show is in the same style as one of CMT's most popular shows, Crossroads, which paired up a country artist and a rock artist. In Cross Country, both artists are country artists. Turner and Randy Travis were the first two performers featured on the show.
Lacey Mosley of Josh Turner performing on Daily DownloadOn April 12, 2006, Josh Turner performed live on television for the first time on Fuse TV's Daily Download. They did two songs: "I'm So Sick", which has been a Top 5 video on the station, and "All Around Me". On July 10, 2006, Josh Turner logged their first network television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where they performed their first two singles, "I'm So Sick" and "Fully Alive".
Their music is a mix of screamo-esque emotion-based vocals and hard rock instrumentals. The band cites influences such as Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana. They have toured with P.O.D., Seether, and Shinedown and are headlining their own tour. The band will be playing on the revival of the Family Values Tour. The tour consists of Korn, Deftones, Josh Turner, Stone Sour, Dir En Grey, Deadsy, 10 Years, Bury Your Dead, and Bullets and Octane.