July 23

Josh Turner Performs Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses”

Country Music star and South Carolina native Josh Turner probably has one of the best classic voices of a true country sound. His deep to baritone vocals allow him to channel his tune to his best. To prove this, his songs are a hit and have topped the charts. Covering some of the songs of country music legends, Turner proves that he is a contemporary guy with a classic voice and an old soul.

Josh Turner Performs Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses" 1
Josh Turner |Photo Credits: pressroom.umgnashville.com

In 2016, in celebration of the 50th Annual Country Music Academy (CMA) Awards, Josh Turner is one of the artists who paid tribute and honored country music superstars and legends by singing their songs. In a moving performance, Turner sang “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis. Indeed, Turner is probably the best yet to have covered this amazing classic gospel tune.

WATCH: Josh Turner sings Randy Travis’ 2003 gospel hit “Three Wooden Crosses” at the Forever Country Cover Series.

About the Gospel

Named as Song of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA) in 2003, “Three Wooden Crosses” is a country gospel song that was first recorded by Randy Travis. The gospel tune was crafted by two American songwriters Kim Williams and Doug Johnson. This three-minute song was officially released on November 25, 2002, from Travis’ 14th studio album, Rise and Shine. American record producer Kyle Lehning produced it for Word Music and Curb Records.

Josh Turner Performs Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses" 2
Randy Travis |Photo Credits: americansongwriter.com

Furthermore, “Three Wooden Crosses” was an award-winning gospel hit for Travis. In fact, it became his 16th no. 1 single since his “Whisper My Name” in 1994. More than that, CMA hailed it the  Song of the Year in 2003. In addition, the song was also considered Country Song of the Year and won a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association the following year.

Moreover, “Three Wooden Crosses” was a definite chart-topper. It first appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks at no. 52. It then went on to become the no. 1 best country song in 2002. Also, it penetrated the pop charts hitting no. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2016, Billboard ranked it no. 11 on its Christian Digital Song Sales chart.

The song mentions the statement:

“three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway.”

This represents the crosses that were funded by Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer,  along with the highways as roadside memorials. Also, these crosses refer to one of the most important events in Christian history — the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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