Jimmy Fortune

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Jimmy Fortune
Fortune (center) with Dailey & Vincent
Background information
Born (1955-03-11) March 11, 1955 (age 63)
Origin Staunton, 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 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American country music singer from Staunton, 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 continued to perform as a solo artist.


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

Fortune was working at a local ski resort as a singer when the original tenor of the Statler Brothers Lew DeWitt heard him sing. 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
I Believe
  • Release date: December 27, 2005
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
Feels Like Christmas
  • Release date: November 29, 2007
  • Label: Fortune 4
  • Release date: December 8, 2009
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
  • Release date: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Fortune Enterprises
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
US: 13,400[8]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2013 "Working on a Building" Marty Raybon (with T. Graham Brown & Trace Adkins) Working on a Building

Music videos[edit]

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


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