Take one part blues, one part folk, one part traditional country. Add a dash of classic Appalachian mountain music and traditional gospel.
Simmer; season with experience and humor. You’ll wind up with a sampling of Mike Turner’s eclectic songwriting.
Mike comes from an extended family steeped in West Virginia’s mountain, country and gospel music.
He grew up outside Detroit during the heyday of a vibrant Motown and R&B scene. In a law enforcement career spanning more than 25 years he moved in circles few encounter – a landscape populated by drug smugglers, money launders, arms traffickers, and fraud artists.
Mike retired to coastal Alabama in 2007 to sail the Gulf and travel the world – which he does. But an adult education class in ukulele opened up the world of music to Mike, and he started writing original music shortly afterwards.
Mike explores these diverse influences in songwriting that crosses genres, from the yearning of the blues to storytelling in classic country, folk, pop and gospel tunes – songs infused with world-weary experience, emotion, keen observation and wry humor.
Mike was named Male Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the Alabama Music Association in 2016, and 2017 Entertainer of the Year in New Gospel music by the North America Country Music Associations International.
His original gospel tune, “He Died For Me,” was awarded 2nd place in the 2017 Worship Songwriting Contest; and his recording of the classic gospel tune, “Wayfaring Stranger,” is featured in the upcoming documentary film, “Path of the Past.”
His original songs and recordings have received broadcast and Internet streaming radio play in the US, UK, Ireland, Europe and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
Echota Records USA Alabama Music Association
BMI Nashville Songwriters Association International
Songwriters Guild of America Bay Area Songwriters Association
Port City Songwriters Association Nashville Universe
The Blues Foundation Gulf Coast Blues Society
On the Web: www.MikeTurnerSongwriter.com
On YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCEnNxm0y6KELGPo6k7oMajg
On Facebook: https://facebook.com/MikeTurnerSongwriter
On ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/miketurner9