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Randy Travis

Like the Beatles in rock, Randy Travis marks a generational shift in country music. When his Storms of Life came out in 1986, country music was still wallowing in the post-urban cowboy recession, chasing elusive crossover dreams. Travis brought the music back to its basics, sounding like nothing so much as a perfect blend of George Jones and Merle Haggard. He became the dominant male voice in country until the rise of "hat acts" like Garth Brooks and Clint Black, releasing seven consecutive number one singles during one stretch. He won the CMA's Horizon Award in 1986 and was the association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

Travis (born Randy Bruce Traywick in 1959) was born and raised in North Carolina, in a small town outside of Charlotte. His father encouraged his children to pursue their musical inclinations, as he was a fan of honky tonkers like Hank Williams, George Jones, and Lefty Frizzell. Randy began playing guitar at the age of eight, and within two years, he and his brother Ricky formed a duo called the Traywick Brothers. The duo played in local clubs and talent contests. Both of the brothers had a wild streak, which resulted in Ricky going to jail after a car chase and Randy running away to Charlotte at the age of 16. While he was in Charlotte, he won a talent contest at Country City U.S.A., a bar owned by Lib Hatcher. Hatcher was impressed by Travis and offered him a regular gig at her bar, as well as a job as a cook.

For several years, he sang and worked at Country City. He still had trouble with the law in his late teens. After his last run-in with the police, the judge told him if he saw Travis again he should be prepared to go to jail for a long time. Travis was released into the care of Hatcher. In a short time, Hatcher became Travis' manager, and the pair began to concentrate on his career. Joe Stampley helped Travis land a contract with Paula Records in 1978. The following year, Travis released two singles under his given name; one of them, "She's My Woman," scraped the bottom of the country charts. In 1982, Travis and Hatcher moved to Nashville, where she managed the Nashville Palace nightclub while he sang and cooked. Within a couple of years, the pair independently released his debut album under the name Randy Ray; the record was called Randy Ray Live and sold primarily in the Nashville Palace.

Thanks to Hatcher's persistent efforts and the Randy Ray Live album, Warner Bros. signed Travis in 1985 and suggested that he change his performing name to Randy Travis. "On the Other Hand," his first single for the label, was released in the summer of that year and climbed to number 67. Despite its lackluster performance, radio programmers were enthusiastic for Travis, as evidenced by the number six placing of "1982," which was released late in the year. "1982" was followed by a re-release of "On the Other Hand" in the spring of 1986. This time, the song hit number one.

Storms of Life, Travis' full-fledged debut album, was released in the summer of 1986 and became a huge success, eventually selling over three million copies. Travis was the first country artist to go multi-platinum; before his success, most country artists had difficulty achieving gold status. With his mass appeal, he set the stage for country music's crossover success in the early '90s. However, Travis dominated the late '80s. The last two singles from Storms of Life, "Diggin' Up Bones" and "No Place Like Home," hit number one and two, respectively. "Forever and Ever, Amen" -- the first single from his second album, 1987's Always & Forever -- began a streak of seven straight number one singles that ran through 1989. Always & Forever was more successful than his debut, reaching number 19 on the pop charts and going quadruple platinum; it also earned him the CMA's award for Male Vocalist of the Year. Old 8x10 (1988) and No Holdin' Back (1989) weren't quite as successful as their predecessors, but they still spawned number one singles and both went platinum.

Travis was still at the top of his form in the beginning of the '90s, starting the decade with his biggest hit, "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart." However, his hold at the top of the charts began to slip after Clint Black and, in particular, Garth Brooks. Nevertheless, Travis never fell away completely -- his albums continued to gold and he usually could crack the Top Ten. Wind in the Wire, a soundtrack to his television special released in 1992, marked his first unsuccessful album -- none of the singles broke the Top 40. This Is Me, released in 1994, was a successful comeback to the top of the charts, featuring "Whisper My Name," his first number one hit in two years. In August 1996, Travis released Full Circle, his last album for Warner Bros. He left the label in 1997, signing with the fledgling "super" label DreamWorks. His first album for the label, You and You Alone, was released in the spring of 1998; Man Ain't Made of Stone followed a year later.

Traveling the familiar country route, he released an album of traditional and contemporary religious songs, Inspirational Journey, which hit the stores in late 2000. The album went on to win two awards at the Gospel Music Association's 32nd Annual Dove Awards in 2001; Inspirational Journey took home honors for Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year and Country Recorded Song of the Year for "Baptism." Selected songs from the album also made their way into the two-part finale for Touched by an Angel, which featured Travis in character. Two years later, Travis continued with his gospel fare with the release of Rise and Shine, followed by the similarly reverent Worship & Faith, Passing Through, and Glory Train. Around the Bend appeared in 2008. In 2011, he released Anniversary Celebration, which featured Travis performing duets with Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Don Henley, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, and others, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his recording career.

Over the next couple years, Travis often appeared in the headlines as he battled a variety of personal problems and illnesses, recording a bunch of covers in 2012 that came out in 2013 and 2014 as Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am and Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am, respectively.

Travis' health took a serious turn for the worse on July 7, 2013 when he was admitted to a Dallas hospital for viral cardiomyopathy. On the 10th, Travis suffered a stroke. Five days later, he underwent successful brain surgery and afterward he entered physical therapy, but the stroke left him without the ability to speak or sing. ~ Brian Mansfield & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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maggiekksb
Hope your day's are getting better!!!
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I like rascal flats I won't let go
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maggiekksb
Yes I was sitting down!!!
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Randy has given.me a reason to love country. Gospel has been me and the cross over, he knocked it out the park. If he should not say another word till the Lord takes the breath of life; brother you have done the master proud. Well done though good and faithful servant. Hope I see you around His throne singing His praise as you enjoy doing. My prayers are with you. Get well.
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rich.carrera s
I was flipping through tv channels in 1986 and came across the cma awards show. some guy was singing a slow song and my jaw dropped. I had never heard anything like it. found out it was randy travis singing on the other hand. later in the show he debuted forever and ever amen. he instantly became my favorite and he still is today. it will be epic when he makes a comeback. God Bless you Randy!
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He Walked on Water, Really great Randy, my prayers are always with you.��
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I can play the drums to this music
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Very good Christian music
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Randy is by far my favorite singer
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a coular
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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donwbeck
Do not post this trash!!!
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What is this,"Don't Read This Stuff"". You're just taking up a lot of valuable space. It doesn't work, never will. GET A LIFE!!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you will not die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your love name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I like some of his songs ❤️��❤️��Amy from Mississippi❤
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Forever and Ever Amen one favorites of Randy Travis
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Well my face is red, I didn't read your bio first. You're still with us, but now we gotta fill another pair of shoes. May God Bless and Be
With You. We will love you forever.
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Easy to love you too, Randy. You're definitely filling in a pair of those empty shoes.
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llonsfordmil l s
Randy was the first cassette I had, my first concert at the age of five and my all time favorite! He still his. I sing his songs to my kids instead of lullabies. Forever and ever.
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We luv you Randy!! No matter what happens God luvs u too. Don't forget it!!!!
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My mom used to sing this song to me!! I love it!!❤️
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cjacksn66
Always been a huge fan of him and his music. Will continue to pray for the recovery of his health.
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But you had to go
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gypsyme3
So you !!
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I did not like country music until I heard this cassette, yea I did say cassette :-) Hell I was 20! Thank YOU R.G.
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What a wonderful gift from God to have that voice! I miss hearing him sing
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:)
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rich.carrera s
randy travis will forever be, in my opinion, the greatest country music vocalist ever!!
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Randy Travis is still alive
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Randy your a great person I like your gospel music .3wooden crouses.God bless.
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I love Randy Travis because he does three woden crosses and that song remains me of my uncle will
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I like three woden crosses because my uncle sides of cancer
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Randy has always been in my top 5 of country music singers. Good luck randy
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AMEN / girlfromheav e n 0 2
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Forever and ever amen
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I love Randy Travis
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My thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. Travis...t.. . t . . . t . . . . L o v e your gospel music God Bless!
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mcaparco6
Long live Randy. All others are just hype..
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Randy IS country music!!!!!
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I love Country Music !
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I like this song
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..I love Brantley gilbert
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Randy Travis is bae
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Love this song
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No he has not pass away he away he had some heatlh problem he takeing some time to get over it.
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