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"The Believer" is James’s first solo album and was originally released in 2002. It was recorded in Liverpool’s Hard City Studios, which James owned and ran after decades of making a living just playing on the road. “The Believer” was finished and mastered with Chris Blair in the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.


The Believer was released to massively positive critical acclaim and singles released from the album garnered extensive national and European radio playlisting.


Such was the interest generated that the album was selected by Virgin Music in 2002 for their Best of British US Campaign, which distributed The Believer in Virgin shops throughout North America, and placed it on all Virgin Megastore listening posts. James was the only male singer/songwriter selected for this campaign, and the response was immense with all copies selling out.


After years of searching James unearthed the original master recording from Abbey Road Studios. The CDs were sold out after the Virgin campaign, and he thought the masters were gone forever, so he was delighted! He then worked with Jason Mitchell from LOUD Mastering who has tweaked the original masters and done a brilliant job getting it up to speed.  


The Believer was re-released in 2017, from all leading digital stores including iTunes, with CDs available from James's Shop on this website.


All words, music and arrangement James J Turner;

Drums and Percussion Roy Martin,

Keys and Piano Steve Penlington,

Solo Cello Semay Wu, 

Violin Jon Byrne.  

All vocals, guitars and harmonica James J Turner.





Selection of Reviews for

The Believer


“JAMES TURNER” certainly makes an impression with possibly the most immediate and accessible singer/songwriter sound I’ve heard in ages 

with a distinctive sixties folk-pop leaning …..
Turner’s vocals are strong and expressive, with a distinctive depth of delivery


Delivered with authority and a touch of class”

-  Sean McGhee, Rock 'n' Reel





“This Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Turner should appeal to Springsteen and Beatles fans alike. By mixing folky vocals and raw guitars he produces a direct, warm sound with bittersweet choruses.”


Review of single "Follow your Light" – MUSIC & MEDIA



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Lyrics for all songs on The Believer Here
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