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Fortune (center) with Dailey & Vincent
|Born||March 11, 1955|
|Associated acts||The Statler Brothers|
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. After The Statler Brothers retired, he continued to perform as a solo artist.
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.
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. 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.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|When One Door Closes||
|Feels Like Christmas||
|Hits & Hymns||
|Sings the Classics||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2003||"What Money Can't Buy"||When One Door Closes|
|2013||"Working on a Building"||Marty Raybon (with T. Graham Brown & Trace Adkins)||Working on a Building|
|1997||"Dare the World" (Various Artists)||John Lloyd Miller|