Thursday, May 31, 2012

Josh Turner on His New Album and Protégé Scotty McCreery

By Erin Hill

With four #1 singles and two Grammy Award nominations under his belt, country star Josh Turner is ready to go another round with his latest album,Punching Bag, due out June 12.

Turner, 34, talked to about the meaning behind his new album, being a role model to American Idolwinner Scotty McCreery, and more.

On being a role model to last year's American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery — who happened to bring a lot of attention to Josh's hit, "Your Man."

"I got a lot of attention for that. It was great for me because I didn’t have to really work for it! But I couldn’t have asked for a better protégé to be out there singing my music in front of millions of people. He was great. Scotty is just your classic American hometown boy who grew up loving music and family. He has a lot of great values and a great head on his shoulders. I’m really proud of him for doing things the right way and not trying to rush into anything. I know his plate is full right now because he’s finishing up high school, he’s doing the music thing, he’s about to enter college, so he’s got a lot going on. He’s still in that impressionable age where everything is new to him and he’s just learning a lot in a really short time. I think he’s a great role model for a lot of young people out there. I was very grateful that he was a fan of mine. I don’t watch American Idol and when it happened, my phone blew up with text messages and I had to check him out and I followed him throughout the season. It’s pretty wild to see an artist grow up and develop in front of the world. You really open yourself up to a lot of criticism and it takes a special person to be able to do that."

Scotty to perform at the CMT Awards

The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS promises to be a great night of live music with the addition of Lauren AlainaCasey JamesJana KramerScotty McCreeryKip Moore and The Farm as performers on the Nationwide Insurance stage.  For the fifth year in a row, Nationwide Insurance will be prominently featured throughout the night on a branded performance stage resembling its blue frame logo.  The 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air LIVE on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and
As part of their sponsorship, Nationwide will award the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side® Award to country music’s best new live act as determined by the fans. Fans can watch their videos and vote through June 4th at for nominees Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and Thompson Square.  2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will reveal the winner during the live show.
Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the 2012 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will include performances by Luke BryanKenny ChesneyEric ChurchToby KeithLady AntebellumLittle Big TownWillie NelsonBrad PaisleyPistol AnniesRascal FlattsThe Band Perry,Carrie UnderwoodHank Williams, Jr. and Zac Brown Band.   Fans can vote online at, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 4 to determine the winners. 
The five finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.