A native of South Carolina, JoshTurner's career began singing lead and bass in his church choir. He also formed a gospel quartet called Thankful Hearts in which he sang bass and occasionally lead. He burst on the country scene in 2003 with the powerful "Long Black Train," a song Turner had written after listening to a Hank Williams Sr. box set.

Josh Turner released his platinum certified debut album Long Black Train in 2003. This album produced a #13 in its title track. In 2005, Turner charted his first two Number One singles on the Billboard country charts: "Your Man" and "Would You Go With Me", both from his Your Man album, which has been certified 2× Multi-Platinum in the United States. This album also produced the #16-peaking "Me and God", a duet with bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley. Turner's third studio album, titledEverything Is Fine, was released in October 2007. It produced the #2 hit "Firecracker", the #15 "Another Try" (a duet with Trisha Yearwood) and a Top 30 in its title track. Overall, Turner's three albums have all been certified gold or higher by the RIAA, and nine of his singles have charted on the Billboardcountry charts.