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Country music has always been a part of up-and-comer Lane Turner’s life. “I think music impacts you. I love a lot of music,” Turner says. “I grew up hearing only country music. It’s almost embarrassing.”

In his hometown of Levelland, Texas, Turner says country music is omni-present. “In West Texas, music is a constant part of the atmosphere,” he remembers. “Every house, every restaurant, every car has a radio going all the time. And where I grew up, it was always the country music station. Turner credits his parents for instilling in him a respect for the traditional country songs of the 60’s and 70’s performed by artists like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Marty Robins, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn that he calls some of his biggest influences.

In fact, when Turner first moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a country music singer, record labels told him his music style was “too country” for the country music scene of the 90’s during which more pop-influenced country acts become mainstream.

That didn’t stop Turner from doing what came naturally to him musically. He continued to write and perform songs that had the “raw emotion” that pop music left behind. “I didn’t change a lick,” he recalls. “I felt like [traditional country style] was who I was and that’s what I did best. I hope I’ve gotten better, but I haven’t changed. I think there are people who love the more traditional music, and they’re going to get excited about hearing it. I’ve seen it. I just wouldn’t sing songs I didn’t like. I’m kind of stubborn about it.”

Turner, now on the Warner Brothers label, has proven that being stubborn isn’t always a bad thing. His debut single “Always Wanting More (Breathless)” has been described as having “swooning instrumentals and sexy lyrics that already sound like a classic country hit,” according to one critic. “I dare people to sit still during my songs,” Turner says about the songs on his debut album, appropriately named Right On Time. “You cannot sit still. I like to get toes tapping. Every song will do something to you on some level – make you move, or make you feel or both.”

Although his success didn’t come right away, Turner says he’s glad he didn’t become a star at a young age. “I’m not a 20-year-old kid. I feel young, but I’ve been doing music a long time now, and I think I’ve gotten better each year,” Turner explains. “I’m thankful this didn’t happen 10 years ago. I had so many misses, and those experiences made me a stronger, more determined person. I’m glad its happening now, because I’m more aware of who I am and what I have to offer as a person, as an artist. We all grow as we get older, and there’s a little bit of wisdom that comes with it.”

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