Country singer Josh Turner will perform for the first time at BYU-Idaho on Thursday, May 26.
Don Sparhawk, event organizer and coordinator of Center Stage performances, said the school has been working for over a year, arranging the Grammy nominee’s visit to BYU-I.
“They are more than willing to come to places like this,” he said. “They do it all the time. We were waiting for a tour that would come through this area.”
Sparhawk said tickets for Turner’s concert sold out within the first week, filling all 3,400 seats in the John W. Hart Building Auditorium.
“All the really good seats sold out within a day,” Sparhawk said. “You can tell there is a lot of interest in the concert. We’ve sold out other concerts like David Archuleta.”
Samantha Rhiner, a freshman studying recreation management, said she was eager to watch one of her favorite country singers perform on stage but did not buy a ticket before all the seats were sold out.
“It was really sad because I love Josh Turner so much,” Rhiner said. “He’s like, the sexiest country singer alive. His voice is so sexy, oh my gosh. I grew up in Illinois, so I grew up with Southern country music.”
Alison Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in marriage and family studies, said she did not find out Turner was coming until after the tickets had already sold out.
“Honestly, I wanted to cry because I love Josh Turner so much,” Kellogg said. “I didn’t though. I was just super disappointed because I love his songs.”
Turner has earned multiple Grammy, ACM and CMA nominations for his latest album, Punching Bag, according to the song writer’s website. Turner wrote or co-wrote all eight songs on his most recent album.
The country singer has sold more than 12 million units and is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, according to the singer’s website.
Payton Rogers, a freshman studying computer science, said he was in Turner’s 2012 music video, “Find Me a Baby,” after winning a Facebook contest.
Rogers said that at one point during the filming, he and his family began to joke around with each other thinking the camera was shut off.
“After a while, we started goofing around,” Rogers said. “The goofing around part is what they put into the music video.”
Sparhawk said Turner’s music is conducive to BYU-I standards, and his lyrics are suitable for the campus atmosphere.
“He is a good man, a good Christian, and he doesn’t sing about drinking,” Sparhawk said. “His music and lyrics, we feel, are very appropriate. There are a bunch of good country groups out there. We’d probably go and see their show somewhere else, but it is not quite appropriate for BYU-Idaho to sponsor.”
Sparhawk said there is always a possibility that Turner will return for another performance at BYU-I.
“We don’t bring performers back very often, but if it is really successful, we would definitely consider it,” Sparhawk said.