Fairfax, VA (September 6, 2022)
Country and Gospel music legend Jimmy Fortune announces four of his solo albums are now available for digital streaming via Time Life. 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. Now fans can listen to I Believe, Windows, Lessons and Feels Like Christmas on any of their favorite streaming services.
“Teaming up with a company like Time Life is quite an honor,” said Fortune. “We just feel blessed to be on board with them.” “Jimmy Fortune is a vital part of country music history,” added Mike Jason, Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment at Time Life. “It’s a real privilege to help share his work with his fans.”
“These albums represent who I am as an artist,” Fortune continues. “I have one foot in country music and the other foot in Gospel music—I’m in both worlds and see both worlds. I write and sing about the struggles and the hardships in my country music, like on the albums Lessons and Windows. In Gospel, which you can hear on I Believe, it’s about putting it back together, getting back on track, trying to find the right answers through the good lord above. They both go hand in hand. Sometimes we get bogged down but I try to provide a light through my music for people to come out of the darkness and find something bigger than ourselves.”
“Lessons is one of my favorites. It’s about lessons in life and takes people on a journey through the valleys and mountaintops. I try to drive people to positiveness and to lean on a higher power than ourselves. I hope that this album helps them when they get down to find hope and that higher power. With Windows, it’s about looking through the windows of life and seeing the big old world out there and what can we do to impact it in our daily lives. ‘I Believe’ is an album that’s so dear to my heart. It has some of my absolute favorite gospel songs on it, some of the best ever written. The title track was inspired by my mother, who passed away back in 2000. She was such a big inspiration in my life and spent a lot of time praying for all of us kids, every generation to come and for the world. And my hope for Feels Like Christmas is that people feel the spirit of Christmas when they listen to it.”
Jimmy Fortune toured, sang and performed with the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years. 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 has performed in all of the U.S. States, in Canadian Provinces and in front of audiences as large as 100,000. He was part of the Statlers’ annual Happy Birthday USA celebration in Staunton, Virginia for 14 years. He also sang on many of the Statlers’ gold, platinum, and double platinum recordings. Jimmy’s career included The Nashville Network’s popular The Statler Brothers Show, which aired for seven seasons and debuted in 1991 as the highest rated show for the network. 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 on June 29, 2008. Jimmy, as a solo artist, was inducted into the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame in 2018.
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