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Concert sold out for Josh Turner

Grammy nominated singer Josh Turner performed at BYU-Idaho for the first time on May 26.

Over 3,400 BYU-I students and community members filed into the John W. Hart Building Auditorium to hear the country singer perform songs like “Firecracker,” “Long Black Train,” “God and Me” and three songs from his upcoming album, including “Hometown Girl.”

“I thought he was a very good entertainer because he made us feel like we were at home and as if we were part of the crew that was traveling with him,” said Genevieve Kelley, a senior studying theatre education. “He made everyone laugh.”

Natalie Allen, a senior studying economics, said she was impressed by how wonderful Turner’s voice sounded in person.

“For being in a different elevation, he did really well going low,” Allen said. “He went really deep.”

Alexis Belnap, a sophomore studying business management, said “Firecracker” was her favorite song Turner performed.

“We went crazy,” Belnap said. “We were standing on the chairs and stuff. He’s handsome with a deep voice that’s sexy.”

Brandon Shiner, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, said he appreciated Turner’s moral messages.

“He has value, and that’s what we need while we’re at this school,” Shiner said.

Kiara Longhurst, a junior studying exercise physiology, said she finds Turner attractive.

“All I have to say is Josh Turner is bae,” Longhurst said. “His voice is so delicious.”

Don Sparhawk, event organizer and coordinator of Center Stage performances, said he worked for more than a year arranging the country singer’s visit to BYU-I.

“They are more than willing to come to places like this,” Sparhawk said. “They do it all the time. We were waiting for a tour that would come through this area.”

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