Jimmy Fortune

Jimmy Fortune

KNOXVILLE — Jimmy Fortune will be appearing at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 7th.

Opening for Fortune will be Iowa Bluegrass artist Lori King & Junction 63. The show will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are available online at junction63.com/lori-king-productions/ and also can be purchased at the door the night of the concert if available. For more information visit the website or contact King at iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com or 641-799-1442.

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, Fortune was contacted by The Statler Brothers and performed his first show with them on Jan. 28, 1982, in Savannah, Georgia. Due to the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, DeWitt was unable to return to the stage with the Statlers, and Fortune 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 a Wall" from 1988's “The Greatest Hits.”

Fortune has performed in every state in the U.S., 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. Fortune’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. He was privileged to perform at the White House on two occasions, once for President Ronald Reagan, and once for President George H. W. Bush. He also presented a special gift to actress Elizabeth Taylor by singing his song “Elizabeth” to her for a birthday celebration.

Fortune and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 29, 2007, and inducted into the Country Music Association Hall of Fame on June 29, 2008. Fortune, as a solo artist, was inducted into the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame in 2018.

After The Statler Brothers retired on Oct. 26, 2002, Fortune 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 and “Lessons” in 2012.

Fortune is currently living in Tennessee, writing, touring and recording music.

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