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Josh Turner Turned On By Film Role

Of the Oakland Press

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Country singer Josh Turner says that his strategy is that “every day, I just look at how can I improve upon what I’ve done already?”

So it’s certainly of some concern to Turner that his third album, 2007’s “Everything Is Fine,” while comfortably at gold has not matched the platinum-orbetter status of its predecessors. But as he releases the album’s next single, its title track, he’s hardly ready to give up on the record.

“You know, right now not a whole lot of people are selling records, period,” says Turner, 30, who hails from South Carolina and studied classical singing at Nashville’s Belmont University before focusing on country music. “I know a lot of what’s come into that is the economy, the Internet ... all sorts of stuff.

“But I’m very proud of this record, and I don’t think it’s done. I feel like I have at least one or two more singles, still a long way to go. I feel like I’ve done my best, and I feel like we can have a big platinum or double-platinum record. I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping I’m right.”

While he keeps working on “Everything is Fine,” Turner is also getting ready for the October release of “Billy: The Early Years,” a film about evangelist Billy Graham’s start in which Turner plays Graham’s music director, George Beverly Shea. Turner, who did his early singing in the Baptist church and attended several Graham crusades, says he “didn’t really know what to expect” from the movie but was pleased that he got to pay some homage to a couple of his heroes.

“A lot of people don’t know who George Beverly Shea is, and I’m always kind of surprised by that,” Turner says. “He and (Graham) obviously touched my life and I’ve always been familiar with what they’ve done, what they’ve been about. So when this part was offered to me, I said yes right off the bat, absolutely. There was no thinking about it. It was a great opportunity to honor their legacy.”

Josh Turner and the Lost Trailers perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 15) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $39.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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