Singing Bus Driver Spreads Holiday Cheer

Singing Bus Driver Spreads Holiday Cheer

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Alex Cabrero Reporting Elvis Presley, Harry Connick Jr., Whitney Houston, you've probably heard their Christmas music, but you've probably never heard Curtis Turley's Christmas singing unless you're lucky enough to ride UTA bus routes 25 and 32.

As soon as you get in, it begins.

Shawn McCune: "I thought it was the radio at first."

Hearing Christmas music is normal this time of year. Hearing it from your bus driver takes some getting used to.

Linda Brady: "We get a nice Christmas concert every morning."

Curtis Turley: "Yeah, I take requests."

For the past few years, Curtis Turley has made dashing through the snow on some UTA buses a little easier.

Curtis Turley: "Just because it makes people happy, puts them in the Christmas mood."

His delivery is good, his voice even better. And the reaction he gets from passengers, well that's the best.

Linda Brady, Passenger: "He sings well and it makes me happy."

Curtis Turley: "There's too much hate and everything else in the world, that you need to have more happiness."

Now in all his years of singing carols, Curtis only got one complaint. It was from a man who was trying to sleep, so Curtis stopped singing for a day, and boy did his regular passengers complain.

Curtis Turley: "At least six of them called, and they get mad when I don't sing."

Can you blame them? There's just something about warm Christmas music that makes going to work in the cold winter a little more cheerful.

Shawn McCune, Passenger: "It's kind of nice actually, reminds us that it is Christmas."

Curtis Turley: "They say, 'Thanks for cheering up my day. Thanks for singing, it was really nice.'"

Turley would love to sing after Christmas, but he says he doesn't know enough songs to fill out the year. It's just a Christmas treat.

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