Turley Richards has been performing for audiences around the world for most of his life. A horrible childhood accident with a bow and arrow caused Turley to lose most of his vision, and almost his life at the age of five. Years later, glaucoma claimed the remainder of his sight, leaving Turley blind before the age of 30. Refusing to allow his lack of sight to affect his vision for the future, Turley has navigated show business as a blind man, and become a successful recording artist, singer/songwriter, producer, television star, vocal coach, and author.
A professional performer before the age of 17, Turley has been motivating audiences for decades, combining his soulful music with his limitless energy, and sharing his roadmap for life's obstacles and how to overcome them. Turley's presentation of "Defeat is No Option: You Don't Have To See To Have A Vision," leaves his audiences not only entertained by his sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories, but also inspired and motivated to face life's challenges and obstacles with renewed confidence and a sense of camaraderie with their fellow man. Along the way, Turley brings down the house with his commanding presence and soulful voice. Mike Post, of Mike Post Productions in Burbank, California; the writer of such television theme songs as "Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Law & Order, and NYPD Blue described Turley's voice as "soulful…giant…warm…Turley is a drop dead great singer...what a talent."
Turley was signed to seven major record labels, and has sold a cumulative 1.4 million records. He has appeared on major television shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, and The David Frost Show. as well as co-produced and hosted his own musical variety television show. The names of those Turley has shared the stage with reads like a who's who in show business, ranging from Richard Pryor and George Carlin to the Moody Blues, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac, and many others. Turley's recently written memoir, "BlindSighted," published this year, chronicles his personal and professional triumphs and tragedies navigating life and the entertainment business as a blind man. Closer to home where he is coined "The Louisville Legend", Stevie Lee of local radio station WSFR calls Turley "…a class act…serious talent..."
Turley's relaxed style and down-to-earth manner reaches every person in his audience, whether he is performing for 10 or 10,000. Regardless of the size of your event, each and every person will leave Turley's presence uplifted and energized by his personal touch.