Wallsend singer Dave Turner proving to be a prize guy in US

Junior Turner, alias Dave.
Junior Turner, alias Dave.

North Tyneside singer Dave Turner has proved to be a prize guy in America’s Music City, Nashville in Tennessee.

The 31-year-old, alias Junior Turner, won the prize for best pop song at an award ceremony held by US radio disc jockey Josie Passantino.

The song that earned the Wallsend singer plaudits at the inaugural Josie Country Blast Radio Show Awards was Save Me. This is the latest in a string of awards picked up by the tune – taken from his debut album, Direction, released in May – at ceremonies throughout the US.

Turner was unable to attend the Nashville ceremony, for independent artists, as his health prevents him from flying.

His award was picked up on his behalf by country-and-western singer Natalie Jean.

“Given Nashville’s association with music, this will be seen as a huge achievement and lead to a lot of coverage of my music in the forthcoming days and weeks in the USA,” said Turner.

The father of two hasn’t been able to fly since suffering blood clots throughout his body and pneumonia caused by a genetic disorder after a flight to Spain in 2001.

He was only give 48 hours to live at the time and has been left facing the prospect of needing to have his left leg amputated because of damage caused by the clots.

For further details, go to www.juniorturner.co.uk