In 1985, Turner struck out on his own and released his solo debut, Rescue You, however, the album received very little critical attention despite having a hit with Endlessly. Turner joined Yngvie Malmsteen's band for 1988's Odyssey and the following year's Live in Leningrad: Trial by Fire and also provided background vocals for and/or wrote songs with Bonnie Tyler, Billy Joel, Cher, and Michael Bolton during that time.
1990 reunited Turner with Blackmore in a reformed Deep Purple for Slaves and Masters; however, tension mounted between the band members and he was released from the group in favor of the band's original vocalist Ian Gillan. Afterward, Turner provided backing vocals for Bolton and Taylor Dayne, among others, and released his second solo album, Nothing Changed, in 1995. Turner also appeared on tributes to Deep Purple and AC/DC, and released two more solo albums before the end of the '90s: the all-covers releases Under Cover from 1997 and Under Cover 2 from 1999. Since then, he has released several albums worth of original material as well as teaming up with Glenn Hughes for the Hughes-Turner Project. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi