Jeanne was born and raised in Crossville, TN and now lives on a farm in Grassy Cove, TN. She has gone to church since she was 3 years old, where her grandfather was the Pastor, and Jeanne’s mother played piano and sang in a quartet. Her grandparents and her mother were Jeanne’s inspiration for her Gospel roots and her love of music. Most recently, Jeanne lost her grandparents, as well as another close family member. And although she had gone many places with her mother to sing since she had been a little girl, these family deaths only inspired Jeanne to sing more!
Jeanne has a wonderful husband, Anthony W. Turner. And she also has two children, Courtney and Justin. And Jeanne’s been very thankful to have a loving and supportive mother-in-law! The love from a strong family has helped Jeanne become who she is today. Her parents always taught her that “you can do anything you want to do in life.” She therefore has continued to push toward her dream of making her ministry in music (she’s been singing since she was 3 years old!). She’s currently the Youth Praise and Worship Leader at her home Church and also sings there. Jeanne believes that her faith in the Lord will continue to see her through both good times and bad, and that God will take her to the top of that mountain where she’ll see all of her dreams come true… and as such, HE will be glorified!
Jeanne was named after Jeannie C. Riley. Her influences were Patty Loveless, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, Hee-Haw (she loved that show!), and the quartet her mother sang in. Jeanne performed on an expressive movement team with a wonderful group of spiritual ladies. She is a 3rd generation Missionary Leader, has taught Sunday School, has been a Care Group Leader and then was put in the position as Youth Praise and Worship Leader.
Jeanne was asked to sing at the Cumberland Jamboree with the Trackside Band at the Palace Theatre in Tennessee 2006. She has competed in many competitions, (including Nashville Star), and has sung at many local venues in her regional states (churches, bluegrass events, festivals, cafes etc).
Since then, the Lord has blessed Jeanne with so many miracles. She sang the National Anthem for a ballgame at the Stone Memorial High School on Memorial Day, and also on the Fourth of July at a Church of God of Prophecy for Independence Day. As mentioned, she sang at the Cumberland Jamboree at the Palace Theatre, and is a regular singer at the “Pickin Barn” with the Cumberland River Bluegrass Band, singing her God-given most beautiful Bluegrass Music! Jeanne has sung at the Circle Ranch fundraiser event, opened for the Gospel group “the Kelly’s,” and appeared at the Tennessee State Ladie’s Day as a feature singer and speaker.
Jeanne then went on to record a CD with Godschild Records in Nashville Tennessee. She was accompanied by the best session players and back-up singers in the country! Her project was produced by the well known, John Rees. Jeanne works with one of the best Bluegrass vocal coaches in the country. Kathy Chiavola won the 1997 Female SFBMG vocalist of year and Bluegrass vocalists from all over the country come to her for coaching.
In May 2009, on the Joyce Ramgatie International Mainstream Country Music Chart, Jeanne Turner was listed #70 on the Top 200 and “Last of Our Days” was listed #16 on the Top 40. What a blessed achievement out of 7,820,000 entries!
Jeanne’s goals and dreams are:
To continue to sing with the gift God gave her! She’s so thankful and feels so blessed, and she just wants to share what she’s been given.
To one day sing at the Dollywood Gospel Harvest Festival in Gatlinburg, TN.
To one day sing on the Grand Ole Opry.
To sing at the Ryman Theatre.
Ultimately… to have a bus and a band, and travel the globe singing with all that God gave her!