Homestead Hall Welcomes Jimmy Fortune
Don’t miss Jimmy Fortune LIVE at Homestead Hall for a solo performance on October 14th.
Fortune sang tenor for the Statler Brothers for 21 years beginning in 1982. During this part of his musical career, he wrote hits such as “Elizabeth,” “Too Much on My Heart,” “My Only Love,” and “More Than a Name on a Wall.” “Elizabeth” was also released as a top bluegrass single for Dailey & Vincent. When the rest of the legendary Statler Brothers group retired in 2002, Fortune continued to tour extensively across the United States and writing country, gospel, and bluegrass tunes.
Jimmy’s career included The Nashville Network’s popular “The Statler Brothers Show” which aired for seven seasons and debuted in 1991 as the highest-rated show for the network. Jimmy was privileged to perform at the White House on two occasions, once for President Ronald Reagan, and once for President George H. W. Bush. He also presented a special gift to actress Elizabeth Taylor by singing his song “Elizabeth” to her for a birthday celebration.
Jimmy and The Statler Brothers were inducted into the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007, and inducted into the CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame on June 29, 2008. Jimmy, as a solo artist, was also inducted into the Virginia Musical Hall of Fame in 2018.
His first solo CD, “When One Door Closes,” was released in August 2003 on Audium/Koch. Fortune released a gospel album, “I Believe,” in June 2005, a Christmas CD, “Feels Like Christmas,” in 2006, a live concert DVD in 2007, a country CD, “Windows” in 2009, “Lessons” in 2012, and “Hits and Hymns” CD / DVD through Gaither Music Group in 2015. That album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Country Album, #1 on the Southern Gospel chart, and #6 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart. The DVD debuted at #1 on the Billboard Music Video charts. In 2017 he recorded a compilation of his favorite songs called “Jimmy Fortune Sings The Classics” on the Gaither Music label. Jimmy is currently living in Nashville, writing, touring, and recording a new project for Gaither Music called “God and Country” which was released in May of 2019. Fortune was also part of the quartet featuring fellow artists Bradley Walker, Mike Rogers, and Ben Isaacs on the album known as The Brotherly Love Project.
Fortune recently performed at the Homestead as part of the inaugural 2022 event, The Homestead Festival this past June.