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August 15th 2019 Thursday 7:30pm

August 15th 2019 Thursday 7:30pm

Jimmy Fortune

  • Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame Hall of Fame in 2008 
  • CMA Award winner for “Vocal Group of the Year” with the Statler Brothers 
  • Wrote multiple #1 hits including “Elizabeth,” “My Only Love,” and “Too Much on My Heart” 
  • Charted 22 singles with the Statler Brothers on the Hot Country Songs chart, including 15 Top 10 hits 
  • Co-Host of “The Statler Brothers Show,” a weekly variety show which was TNN’s top-rated program for its entire run from 1991 to 1998 
  • Co-Wrote Dailey & Vincent’s “On the Other Side,” which won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Award for “Recorded Event of the Year” 
  • Regular feature performer on TV series “Country’s Family Reunion” and “Larry’s Country Diner” 
  • Released Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns DVD in 2015 hosted by Bill Gaither which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video (DVD) chart 
  • ACM recipient of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award with the Statler Brothers

 

Whether requested by his loyal fans or heralded by  fellow artists, the voice of Jimmy Fortune is one of those special instruments. His recognizable tenor has graced some of the biggest hits of Country music, earning the Virginia native a slot in both the hallowed ranks of the Country Music Hall Of Fame as well as the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Music has always been important in Jimmy’s life, as he first began performing with his father at local square dances back home. At the age of thirteen, he formed his first band – The New Edition – and the Jimmy Fortune story began. As an adult, he built a reputation for being one of the most talented and versatile performers in the Nelson County / Staunton area – becoming known as an artist who could sing anything, ranging from Country and Bluegrass to Rock and Roll. In the early 1980s, word of his talent reached Lew DeWitt. Known as the tenor singer of the Statler Brothers, DeWitt heard Jimmy and walked away very impressed with the singer’s delivery. If that’s where Jimmy’s encounter with DeWitt had ended, that would have been fine enough. However, what he didn’t know was that Lew was in the early stages of Crohn’s Disease – which would force him to leave the quartet temporarily in 1982. DeWitt suggested that his partners in the group take a look at Fortune. They did, and Fortune was hired. Unfortunately, by the end of the year, DeWitt had to permanently leave the Statlers, and the job became his on a full-time basis. To say that he carved out his own place as a Statler would be an understatement. Encouraged to develop his writing talents, Fortune wrote and sang lead on many of their biggest hits.  “Elizabeth,” “Too Much On My Heart,” “Forever,” and “More Than A Name On A Wall” are just a few of the Statlers’ hits that  feature the Fortune name and voice. He also was part of the group’s award-winning TNN variety series that ran from 1991 to 1998 and played date after date on the road, bringing their legendary sound to thousands each year.