COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBER JIMMY FORTUNE HITS THE ROAD FOR 2015 NORTH AMERICA TOUR
Fortune Featured on Re-Airing Episode of “The Dailey & Vincent Show” January 23
More Dates Added for Bill Gaither Hosted TV Special
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 21, 2016) – Since making his triumphant return to Country music, Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune continues to bring his soulful sound to audiences nationwide (see tour dates below). The blockbuster tour will also include the 13th annual Jimmy Fortune Country Music Cruise in July, where fans will get an up-close and personal experience, while exploring the beautiful scenery of Alaska. The country chart-topper will hit the road to promote his latest album, Hits & Hymns, which recently became his first solo Top Ten on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 2015. The album features collaborations with some of music’s top vocalists, including Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Dailey & Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys and more.
Hits & Hymns is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, iTunes, Amazon, and music retailers nationwide.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member will also be featured on “The Dailey & Vincent Show” on January 23, for a very special re-airing. The 30-minute program appears weekly on RFD-TV (check local listings here). In addition to Fortune’s performance, the spectacle will also feature other guest segments, cooking and a whole lot of humor.
Fortune is also pleased to announce additional airings of the Bill Gaither hosted TV special “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns.” The program is also available on DVD, and has been a major success for the “Elizabeth” singer. The set debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video (DVD) chart upon release, becoming Fortune’s first solo No. 1. Fans are taken on a roller coaster ride in the popular special, with the singer/songwriter’s encouraging story about how he overcame all of the odds to become one of the most in-demand singers in the business. In addition to airing already on RFD-TV, Heartland, DISH TV, and Hope TV, the special will re-air on CTS on January 23 at 3:30 and 4:00 PM (check local listings). More dates/times will be added for February and March.
Jimmy Fortune On Tour:
Jan 25 – Midland, Texas – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Jan 26 – Abilene, Texas – Abilene Civic Center
Feb 09 – Tampa, Fla. – Florida State Fair
Feb 14–20 – Departing from Ft Lauderdale, Fla. – Dailey & Vincent Waterfest
Mar 08 – 12 – Apache Junction, Ariz. – Mining Camp Restaurant
Mar 19 – Nelson County, Va. – Nelson County High School
Apr 03 – Elkins, W. Va. – American Mountain Theater
Apr 16 – Weirsdale, Fla. – Orange Blossom Opry
Apr 30 – Prairie Du Sac, Wis. – River Arts Center
May 03 – Branson, Mo. – Starlite Theatre
May 14 – Wilkesboro, N.C. – John A Walker Community Center
May 20 – Scottsburg, Ind. – Ross Country Jamboree
May 21 – Scottsburg, Ind. – Ross Country Jamboree
May 27 – Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Gatlinburg Convention Center
Jun 04 – New Holland, Pa. – Yoder’s Restaurant
Jun 18 – Bremen, Ga. – Mill Town Music Hall
Jun 25 – Benton, Ky.- Kentucky Opry
Jul 04 – Radford, Va. – Bisset Park
Jul 11 – Hopkins, Minn. – Hopkins Center for the Arts
Jul 17-24 – Alaskan Cruise
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About Jimmy Fortune:
Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them first as a temporary replacement for Lew DeWitt, after DeWitt heard him singing at a ski resort and recommended him. Following an audition in Nashville, Jimmy was contacted by the Statler Brothers and performed his first show with them on January 28, 1982, in Savannah, Georgia. Due to the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, Lew was unable to return to the stage with the Statlers, and Jimmy was hired as a permanent replacement in August of 1982.
Fortune quickly lived up to his name. He wrote the group’s second No. 1 hit, “Elizabeth,” on their 1983 album Today, and followed that with two more No. 1 hits–“My Only Love” (from 1984’s Atlanta Blue) and “Too Much On My Heart” (from 1985’s Pardners in Rhyme). Fortune also wrote the top-10 hit “Forever” from 1986’s Four for the Show and co-wrote the top-10 hit “More Than a Name on the Wall” from 1988’s The Greatest Hits. Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007, and inducted into the CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame in June 29, 2008. After the Statler Brothers retired on October 26, 2002, Jimmy seized the opportunity to launch a solo career to share new music with his fans. His first solo CD, When One Door Closes, was released August 2003 on Audium/Koch. He released a gospel album, I Believe, in June 2005, a Christmas CD, Feels Like Christmas, in 2006, a live concert DVD in 2007 a country CD, “Windows” in 2009, “Lessons” in 2012, and “Hits and Hymns” CD and DVD through Spring House Productions in 2015. Jimmy is currently living in Nashville, writing, and touring.