Next year, Josh Turner will celebrate his first decade in country music, and he’ll do it with millions of albums sold, nine top 40 singles, a pile of CMA and Grammy Awards nominations, and membership in the Grand Ole Opry.

That’s not a bad way to spend 10 years doing what you love — and Turner won’t start resting on his laurels now. In fact, he’s already deep into his next album.

“I can’t give a whole lot of details, but I will say that it’s right down the middle of what you would expect from a Josh Turner record,” he told Taste of Country during a recent interview. “I’ve done a lot of songwriting for this record. I spent the whole first half of the year this year working toward creating material for it. And that part of it has been really fun for me. I’ve tried to branch out and write some different stuff and even write with different people just to try to continue to explore that side of me.”

Asked if he’ll be sharing the mic on the next record, Turner responded, “I don’t have any true duets planned for my next record, but we do have some interesting collaborations.”

Whatever he ends up releasing, it seems clear that fans can expect some self-written material from Turner. Although he insisted that “I’ve always been of the mindset that I’m gonna choose the best songs, regardless of who wrote ‘em,” he added that “I think it’s very important that my record has songs on it that I did write because to me I feel like that’s the way for fans to really see and hear who I am and what I’m about — especially those songs that I write by myself. I think those are very essential to my records. In some ways it’s kind of a window to my soul.”

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