Josh Turner considers his latest album, I Serve A Savior, as one of his favorite projects. Not only did it bring him back to his roots, but it also involves the participation of his entire family. One of the twelve tracks included on the album is the song called “The River of Happiness.” Turner’s wife, Jennifer, and his eldest son, Hampton, penned the song.
The Turner family performed the track at Gaither Studios.
The short performance, which lasted for 90 seconds, showcases Hampton, Colby, Crawford, and Samuel singing harmony on the song. Meanwhile, the boys’ mom is seen playing wonderfully the piano as she sat beside them.
On his Instagram account, Turner posted a short clip with the caption:
"My wife Jennifer and my oldest son Hampton wrote 'The River of Happiness,'” he writes. "We knew we wanted the boys to sing on the record in some capacity and this song felt like the perfect fit."
The song is probably the most important track on Turner’s gospel album. He admitted that he had a great time with his family while recording in the studio. The “Long Black Train” singer briefly shared on his Instagram post the story behind the song.
“It’s fun for all of us to get together and sing and play and perform and all that,” Turner says. “It’s not something that I set out to accomplish. It just kind of happened that way. But Hampton in particular, every time I see him, he’s playing some kind of instrument at home. I don’t know what that means, but I can see a lot of me in that. I’m very proud of all of them, they are very capable and very talented.”
Upon its release last October, the album topped the Nielsen’s Country Albums chart while reaching No. 2 on both Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. Aside from a few new songs included on the album, it also features covers of classic gospel tunes such as Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light," "How Great Tough Art," "Amazing Grace," among others.
“This project was truly a dream come true,” Turner stated. “It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time. God opened the door and I walked through it. When I look back, this will be one of my favorite projects of my career.”