Jimmy Fortune

Jimmy Fortune
Fortune (center) with Dailey & Vincent
Fortune (center) with Dailey & Vincent
Background information
Born (1955-03-11) March 11, 1955 (age 65)
Origin Williamsburg, Virginia
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1982–present
  • Audium
  • Song Garden
  • Fortune Enterprises
Associated acts The Statler Brothers
Website Official Website

Jimmy Fortune (born March 11, 1955) is an American country music singer from Nelson County, Virginia. Fortune sang tenor for The Statler Brothers for 21 years, and wrote the song "Elizabeth" for the group.[1] After The Statler Brothers retired, he continues to perform as a solo artist.


Fortune grew up in Nelson County, Virginia, where he attended Nelson County High School in Lovingston, Virginia.[2]

The original tenor of the Statler Brothers, Lew DeWitt, heard Fortune sing at a local ski resort. When DeWitt was suffering from Crohn's disease and needed a temporary replacement, he asked Fortune to come to audition for the band in Nashville. Fortune started performing with the Statler Brothers in 1982, and joined the group permanently later in the year when DeWitt was unable to return to the stage.[2]

Fortune wrote several number one songs that were recorded by the Statler Brothers, including "Elizabeth", "Too Much on My Heart", and "My Only Love". "More Than a Name on a Wall" was a top ten country hit. "Elizabeth" recently was a top bluegrass release for Dailey & Vincent. He spent 21 years touring, singing, and performing with the Statler Brothers.

In 2002, Don, Harold and Phil of the Statler Brothers retired. Fortune began to perform as a solo artist with an extensive performance schedule in the U.S. and Canada. He has continued as a songwriter and has recorded a number of projects in Nashville that he mostly produced himself. In 2015 he released Hits & Hymns produced by Ben Isaacs.[2] The album reached Top Ten on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, and the DVD release of a TV special, "Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns," hosted by Bill Gaither, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video chart.[1]



Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Christ
When One Door Closes β€” β€” β€”
I Believe
  • Release date: December 27, 2005
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
β€” β€” β€”
Feels Like Christmas
  • Release date: November 29, 2007
  • Label: Fortune 4
β€” β€” β€”
  • Release date: December 8, 2009
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
β€” β€” β€”
  • Release date: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
β€” β€” β€”
Hits & Hymns
  • Release date: October 23, 2015
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
10 156 6 US: 42,800[6]
Sings the Classics[7]
  • Release date: April 21, 2017
  • Label: Spring House Music Group
β€” β€” β€” US: 13,400[8]
God & Country
  • Release date: May 24, 2019
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
β€” β€” 11
"β€”" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Album
2003 "What Money Can't Buy" When One Door Closes
2004 "Elizabeth"

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Album
2013 "God Bless the Children" (with Wayne Warner and the Nashville All-Star Choir)[10] Turbo Twang'n
2013 "Working on a Building" Marty Raybon (with T. Graham Brown & Trace Adkins) Working on a Building

Music videos

Year Video Director
1997 "Dare the World" (Various Artists) John Lloyd Miller


  1. ^ a b Beck, Ken (February 23, 2016). "Fortune smiles on Jimmy Fortune". The Wilson Post.
  2. ^ a b c Yarborough, Chuck (October 16, 2015). "Statlers' Jimmy Fortune talks 'Hits & Hymns' with PD critic (and former classmate)". The Plain Dealer.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Fortune Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Fortune Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Fortune Album & Song Chart History - Christian Albums". Billboard.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 28, 2016). "Country Album Chart: March 29, 2016". Roughstock.
  7. ^ Casey, Jim (March 20, 2017). "Jimmy Fortune "Sings the Classics" on New Album, Including "Unchained Melody," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Wake Up Little Susie" & More". Nash Country Daily.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 30, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: April 30, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 7, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums: Pure Sales Chart for October 7, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Nashville All Star Choir". Wayne Warner. Retrieved November 28, 2019.

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