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Former Statler Brothers Tenor Jimmy Fortune Signs New Deal

The Country Music and Gospel Halls of Fame inductee has joined Ovation Artist Group for exclusive booking representation.

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Jimmy Fortune, former tenor with much-loved country hitmakers the Statler Brothers, has signed with Ovation Artist Group for exclusive booking representation.

The company, based in Hendersonville, Tennessee, rebranded from JRA Fine Arts in 2017. Fortune joins such artists on the Ovation roster as soul man Sam Moore, CeCe Winans, the Isaacs, Robbie Fulks and Dalley & Vincent.

With the Statlers, Fortune is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Hall of Fame, to which they were inducted in 2008 and 2007 respectively. As a solo artist, he was inducted into the Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Fortune was the group’s tenor singer for some 21 years from the early 1980s, replacing original tenor Lew DeWitt. Fortune wrote their No. 1 country hit ‘Elizabeth,’ which was their first single to feature Fortune on lead vocals.

Jimmy Fortune Sings The ClassicsThe singer’s most recent album was 2017’s Jimmy Fortune Sings The Classics, which featured his versions of “songs that shaped my life,” as he put it, such as ‘Wake Up Little Susie.’ ‘Southern Nights,’ ‘Unchained Melody,’ ‘Make The World Go Away’ and ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads.’ It featured guest appearances by the Isaacs, Voices of Lee and Ricky Skaggs, and also included a new version of the Statler Brothers’ hit ‘Flowers On The Wall.’

Fortune has live dates booked throughout 2019, continuing with a show in Valdese, North Carolina tomorrow (18 January). From 27 January until 3 February, he’ll be on the Time/Life Country Music Cruise, leaving from Fort Lauderdale and calling at Key West, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay. Other artists performing include Jeff Foxworthy, the Oak Ridge Boys, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs and Joe Diffie. Fortune will also be taking part in the Gaither Homecoming Alaskan Cruise from 20 July.

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  1. Elizabeth twaddle

    January 17, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Can I find a CD of the starlet brothers singing the holy bible old and new testaments in Canada ?

  2. Lynn

    March 9, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Jimmy Fortune was responsible for a resurgence for the Statlers. A great singer.

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