Josh Turner may be a 21-year-old senior at Butler University – but if you close your eyes while listening to him sing, you will think he is Paul Simon.
A YouTube video of Turner covering the legendary American singer’s 1980s hit “Graceland” has gone viral thanks to Turner’s uncanny vocal match to Simon.
“I was surprised,” Turner said today on “Good Morning America,” reacting to the video’s 77,000 views and counting.
“I actually had a video go a little viral a while ago and it was a more splashy sort of guitar video. It was a cover of “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits,” Turner said, referring to a video he posted last year that got nearly 1 million views.
“I was surprised that something that was more vocally-oriented went viral because I never really thought of myself as much as a vocalist,” he said.
Even more amazing is how Tuner, a music major at Butler, got his start in music.
“When I was 13 years old, I was an avid video gamer and my parents decided it was in my best interest to confiscate my PlayStation for a few weeks and told me I needed to find something better to do with my time,” Turner said. “Out of spite, I learned a few Beatles songs and that’s how it all got started.”
And what happened to that PlayStation that unknowingly started Turner’s music and YouTube career?
“I did get it back but I’ve never looked at it the same way since,” Turner said.