JOSH TURNER INVESTS IN MUSIC EDUCATION
Unlike the other Country Music headliners featured the April/May 2014 CMA Close Up cover story on music education, Josh Turner didn’t attend a high school with a consistent music program. To this day, it’s something he regrets.
And that’s why he decided a few years ago to help South Carolina kids who have this same disadvantage.
“That’s one of the few main reasons why I started the Josh Turner Scholarship Fund in 2006,” he said. “The school system I came up through, it was never anything consistent. One year we’d have band. One year we’d have a chorus. Some years we didn’t have anything. So I didn’t get a whole lot musical training from school.
“That obviously made an impression on me,” he continued. “When I came to Nashville, I started meeting people who did have musical training and music programs in school. I realized that I missed out on a lot. That was really what inspired me to start my scholarship fund, to help students in those kinds of schools that don’t have musical training or music programs. I want to give them financial assistance to go to a college where they can get the musical education that they need.”
The first few students to receive support from the Turners’ program came from his old school, Hannah-Pamplico High School in Pamplico, S.C. “The high school has made great strides into starting a music program,” Turner noted. “They have been flourishing. They have had a huge interest from the student body in that area. It’s really been great to see.”
Top Photo: Josh Turner greets fans at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X in Downtown Nashville on Friday, June 7 during the 2013 CMA Music Festival. Donn Jones / CMA