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Country Singer to Headline Conference’s Final Event

05-31-23 WR Josh Turner
05-31-23 WR Josh Turner
Washington Report

Country musician Josh Turner will perform at the Governor’s Farewell, the final event of the 145th General Conference & Exhibition, Aug. 18-21 in Reno, Nevada.

"We’re excited to have a performer of Josh Turner’s magnitude close what will be a conference to remember," said Lt. Col. Shaun Cruze, the president of the Nevada National Guard Association and the host-state co-chair of this year’s annual NGAUS conference.

Cruze credited the "Caesar’s Row entertainment team" with helping secure Turner for a private concert during the conference.

Most of the people attending the association's 2023 conference will stay at the Row, a downtown Reno hotel complex including Circus Circus, El Dorado and Silver Legacy. Caesars Entertainment owns all three properties.

The Governor’s Farewell is scheduled for Aug. 21 in the Reno Ballroom and will be open to all registered conference attendees. The event will also feature food and drinks.

With his distinctive baritone voice, Turner has sold more than 6.5 million records, reached 4.8 billion global streams and has become a fan favorite on country radio, according to MCA Nashville records.

Turner's hits include Long Black Train, Would You Go With Me, Why Don’t We Just Dance and Your Man. The official music video for Your Man is available here and has garnered nearly 170 million views.

A South Carolina native, Turner has been nominated for three Gospel Music Association Dove awards. Turner won his first GMA Dove Award in 2021 for I Saw The Light featuring Sonya Isaacs, off of his I Serve a Savior album.

Turner has also received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. He has additionally been nominated for two Grammy Awards, five CMA Awards, one CMT Award, two ACM Awards and seven ACA Awards.

More information about Turner is available at www.joshturner.com.

Conducting the Governor’s Farewell during the conference’s final night marks a break in recent NGAUS tradition.

The States Dinner typically ends the association's annual conference. This year, the States Dinner is set for the evening of Aug. 19, following the First Business/Professional Development Session.

Nevada officials decided to do things differently during the latest NGAUS conference.

"We want the conference to go out on a high note and make every day worthwhile," Cruze said.

More conference details are available at www.ngaus.org/events/145th-general-conference-exhibition.

— By John Goheen