Detroit, Michigan has made it's musical mark with Motown and has introduced the world to rock 'n' roll legend, Jack White but now Detroit, Michigan is going down a different musical path; country music.
Alan Turner is a great example of country music and Detroit coming together to make a new note in musical history. Turner has a strong country music sound and is bringing that unique style to the Detroit music scene. Turner elaborated, "The Michigan music scene is very rich and full of an incredible amount of talent. Our genre of "country" has a long history throughout the state but not so much in the Detroit area, where we hale from, or at least that's what your lead to believe. Detroit has such a diverse music scene, you would be amazed!"
With new found fame and a growing fan base, Turner looks to the future. "The future is exciting... We've released three albums over the last five years, been nominated for 14 Detroit Music Awards, have a video airing on CMT and in January of 2013 I was contacted by Nashville producer, Jeff Huskins. Jeff heard our most recent single "We Are Young And So Is The Night" and as a result offered us a contract to work with him on a 4 song production deal."
Fans will have to wait and see what these new tracks will sound like but if Turner keeps on this path, Detroit music fans and music in general all be going country.
I had the chance to interview Alan Turner. We discussed everything from when Turner first discovered music to how he uses social media to help his fans discover music. The entire interview is below.
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C: When did you first discover music?
A: Was raised in music. Discovered music at a very young age. My mother was my Sunday School Teacher. She taught me how to read music and play the piano. My father was a singer/songwriter. He used to bounce me on his knee and sing to me. He inspired me to sing.
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
A: My father passed away when I was 10. He was my first musical influence. But on my 10th birthday before he passed away he gave me a copy of Kenny Rogers album The Gambler. Kenny was a huge influence on my singing career. It came full circle when in 2010, I had the opportunity to open up for Kenny in Las Vegas. Not to mention meeting him and getting to know him. He's an incredibly kind and nice man.
C: In a few words, how would you describe your musical sound?
A: Our music is a combination of a lot of things. I think we reflect our influences. I think if you took Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith put them in a blender and mixed them up real good. I'd be what you end up with. Our sound is really an edgy rocking country sound though. Kind of southern rock with some Detroit rock influence and a whole lot of what makes country, country!
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
A: When writing and performing I think I reflect the music that most affected me. I was a country boy growing up listening to all those great country songs when I became a teen I got heavy in the big hair rock band movement of the 80's and early 90's. So I don't think we ever escape our influences. I think they make us who we are.
C: You are gaining quite a large following in Michigan, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
A: I'm always amazed at the support we have gained over a very short period of years. To have garnered such a large following throughout Michigan and around the country, for that matter, simply blows me away. I do believe in the old saying "if you work hard..." I'm part of one of the hardest working bands I've ever met. These guys know what is at stake and are willing to work hard to achieve it. You treat every show like it is the last you will ever perform and treat every fan with dignity and respect. Without the support of our following we are nothing.
C: How would you describe the Michigan music scene?
A: The Michigan music scene is very rich and full of an incredible amount of talent. Our genre of "country" has a long history throughout the state but not so much in the Detroit area (where we hale from) or at least that's what your lead to believe. Detroit has such a diverse music scene you would be amazed! Of course when people ask me you're from the Detroit area? and you're country? I just laugh and say "ssshhh! It's a secret we're an underground movement, if people find out they'll take us out on the street and shoot us..." Truth is there's a huge following in Detroit of country music fans and its getting bigger every day. Just look at Detroit's own WYCD which as won numerous awards nationally for major market country station. Or the current influence of Kid Rock or Uncle Kracker on country music.
C: How would you describe the Michigan music scene?
A: Yeah Detroit is just beginning to crack the country market!
C: How do you feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
A: Social media has been a huge resource for me as an artist. I've made so many friends and music industry contacts as a result of Facebook and the once popular My Space but most importantly it has allowed me to connect personally with fans. Who in return have spread the LOVE sharing my music with their friends and so on and so on and so on.
C: What does your future hold?
The future is exciting... We've released 3 albums over the last 5 years, been nominated for 14 Detroit Music Awards, have a video airing on CMT and in January of 2013 I was contacted by Nashville producer, Jeff Huskins Jeff heard our most recent single "We Are Young And So Is The Night" and as a result offered us a contract to work with him on a 4 song production deal. Jeff has worked with the who's who of the Country Music scene, Including Mark Chessnut, Alan Jackson, Chely Wright and recently outside the realm of country the artist known as Usher.
My manager, Robin Cursi and I and the band have spent most of the summer in and out of Nashville working on this project and are very excited about the Label interest that it has achieved... So 2014 we hope will be a landmark year for us... and with a little bit of God's Grace it will be!