Turner grew up in Stony Bottom, a small town near Cass and Green Bank, in Pocahontas County. He started writing songs seriously in high school, writing the words while his friend came up with guitar parts and helped write the melodies. About a year ago, Turner learned to play the guitar, and now writes the music himself.
"The first time I ever sang in front of a crowd was my junior year in high school," Turner said. He took first place in the West Virginia High School Idol contest, a multi-county talent competition.
The experience convinced Turner that he had a talent others might appreciate. He moved to Clarksville, Tenn., just outside Nashville, to pursue a recording career.
A lot of aspiring musicians do that, but Turner's manager is paying for his recording sessions, and Turner is about finished with his first CD.
Turner previously released another YouTube video for his song "I'm Too Country For That," featuring a highly polished Nashville recording of the tune set to footage of Turner's recording sessions and scenes of Turner's home state.
Turner is about to move back to West Virginia, but he and his management company are convinced he'll soon get his big break.
"Several [record] labels have shown interest," he said.
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