Gator Growl 2012 will feature country superstar Josh Turner as the musical talent for this year’s event, held on November 9 at 7 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Turner has charted 10 singles, four of which havegone to the top of the country singles chart. His single “Why Don’t We Just Dance” spent 4 weeks at #1 and was the most played song on country radio in 2010 according to Mediabase. Other number one hits include “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Would You Go With Me.”
Turner’s album “Your Man” was certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and his debut album “Long Black Train” was also certified Platinum.
Turner is currently promoting his latest album “Punching Bag.” The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and has cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard 200.
The single “Time Is Love” from the album has also reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
On October 2007, Turner was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running live radio program. He is the second youngest member inducted and is among the company of Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Chris Young.
Turner was born and raised in Hannah, S.C., and attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to Josh Turner, this year’s event will also feature a comedian act, fireworks, and the Para-Commandos skydiving team as well as the Dazzlers, UF cheerleaders and the Gator football team’s senior members.
Tickets for Gator Growl 2012 are $15 for students and $25 for alumni and guests. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.gatorgrowl.org
Gator Growl 2012 is sponsoring tickets for wounded veterans and their families through the Wounded Warrior Project. Tax-deductible tickets for veterans and their families are $25 and can be purchased through www.gatorgrowl.org
The theme of Gator Growl 2012 is “United We Growl” and the show will be honoring both the Florida Gators and the United States military on the eve of Veterans Day Weekend.
Gator Growl marks the culmination of UF’s homecoming festivities and brings together students, alumni, staff and faculty.