Inside Josh Turner and Jennifer Ford’s Longtime Love Story

Josh Turner and Jennifer have a love that’s withstood the test of time.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 14, 2021

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Josh Turner and Wife; Photo via Instagram

Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer Ford met while attending college. The pair crossed paths in the late 1990s during their time studying at Belmont University in Nashville and quickly became friends.

“Meeting her wasn’t planned or expected, but our friendship felt completely different,” Turner recalled in his book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, released in 2014. “For the first time, I was truly on cloud nine. I can’t really explain that time other than to say it was unbelievable.”

Although things seemed to feel right, Josh and Jennifer didn’t rush things. In fact, Turner said they took it “real slow” and admitted that Ford didn’t refer to him as her boyfriend until six months into their relationship.

In November 2002, Turner hoped to take their relationship to the next level when he planned a romantic surprise proposal at Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake. Before asking for Ford’s hand in marriage, Turner performed “I Can See It In Your Smile,” a song he wrote just for her, then pulled an engagement ring out of his jacket pocket.

“Jennifer said, ‘Are you serious?’” the GRAMMY nominated singer recalled. “I said, ‘Yes, I’m serious!’”

The pair said “I do” in front of 500 guests at the Snellville United Methodist Church on June 14, 2003.

Fans may recognize Ford as she has spent quite a bit of time on the road with Turner and his band playing keyboard and singing background vocals over the years.

Josh and Jennifer are parents to four sons; Samuel Hawke, Marion Crawford, Colby Lynch and Hampton Otis.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.