Take one part blues, one part folk, one part country. Add a dash of Southern gospel, rock and jazz. Season with world-weary experience. You'll have a taste of Mike Turner's eclectic original music.
Raised outside Detroit in a family steeped in the traditional mountain music of West Virginia, Mike grew up listening to the diverse sounds of gospel quartets, classic country and Motown. A 30-year career in law enforcement gave him a perspective few encounter - a world populated with smugglers, gun runners and folks on the wrong side of the tracks, and the law.
In retirement, Mike picked up the ukulele and tenor guitar, wrote his first song and hasn't looked back. He was named 2016 Traditional Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the Alabama Music Association, and 2017 New Gospel Entertainer of the Year by the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI). His recordings have played on Internet and terrestrial radio in the US, the UK, Europe, New Zealand and on the US Armed Forces Radio Network.
Mike directed and was a featured performer in the Alabama Bicentennial program, “200 Years of Alabama’s Music,” in 2019; and was showcased on the “15 Minutes of Fame Stage” at the 2020 Monroeville (AL) Literary Festival.
Mike handles A&R and public relations for Music For World Peace Records; and manages its subsidiary label, Blue Uke Records.
Mike makes his home on the US Gulf Coast, where, when not writing and performing, he sails an historic schooner. Contact Mike at SailorUke@aol.com.