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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, but he also completed a new album, Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am, a collection of covers of his idols. Influence, Vol. 1 appeared in September 2013. ~ Brian Mansfield & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

Killing time ,not anymore there not B-)
I love randy travis so much !!!!!!!!!!!
david.stonak e r 2
The first time we saw Randy was the night he won the CMA's Horizon award on 1986. Not really too aware of country music at the time, his voice and his music changed the way we listened to music Forever and Ever, Amen.
OK I will as my hand 5 times post on 2 songs
I love you Randy this is late I was listenin to your CD and I love your voice
What a good man
Twitty i made her that way
shirley_wint e r s
RANDY STILL PRAYING FOR YOU,
jcburrisii
Why is he on my Gordon Mote station? Randy Travis is not really not that good
petty0720
love his music and hope he stays well and keeps giving us great music
Love his music.
Not as good as George brooks or Alan but probly 4th best country singer
I love ranging country
Randy Travis is inspired me to be a country star to : )
Randy Travis is my inspiration to become a country music star
One of the gReatest
Anybody that don't like Randy Travis can kiss my @$$.
Grew up hearing my grandmother playing his music as a teenager
Ashley
the best country singer of all time
Shouldn't there be 4 crosses if you count the driver?
je_clifford
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works Don't read this cause it actually works
Kiss UR left hand
Say UR crush's name 3x
Pick a weekday
Close UR hand
Say UR name 3x
Post this 15x and UR crush will ask you out on the day you picked
n.stephens01
Bottoms up
randy started the new country vibe with this classic hit
my moma's favorite singer
lconn1460
Randy, May God heal and protect you from all the demons of the world. I can say they I am truly blessed to have you, your music and your voice in my heart and mind. My dad passed away 23 years ago and he LOVED country music. He always loved to listen to you. As Dad would say" God has blessed him with listening to a true country legend" he was referring to you. He love your expressions when you sang, he loved your look ( no long hair, clean cut, shaved face) and how you just seemed to open your
Love Randy Travis!!!!!! ! ! I may be young but I love the older stuff and Randy my favourite
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I Love You Randy! I hope you get better, but I love you no matter what! Forever and Ever AMEN!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on 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 die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
cheyannellee d s
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on 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 die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Just amazing
I used to always listen to my moms cd when I was a kid, I thought this song was beast!
Dhall I can't support your challenge. The answer is between you and Jesus and God. The Bible is the resort to spend some time resting and growing in. Gods Word is Jesus.
chuck_u
Been there, don't want to go back.
Good luck Randy.
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works Don't read this cause it actually works.
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I love Randy's music and hope to hear more of it. May God be with you as you recover.
I like this song but Carrie underwood sings it way better!
Really love this song
tacrn4real8
Jmj ..pray for us
Alittle prayer to send for all those needs..by Faith we ask our Father Lord to take on as we see our need....GIVE . It To GOD ..HE..WILL.. A M A Z E YOU
LOL
nora.denzel
I love Randy's music and remember seeing him in concert in a small venue called The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Randy is such an awesome talent-- and that voice. I wish you a full and speedy recovery so I can see you perform again.
Wow I. Grew up listening to randy, funny how I know every word from all those years ago! This is for dad in heaven! Miss u everyday .
bdblaster
God hates sin
Get well soon - we need your music.
Praying for you to have a complete recovery, God is not done with you yet,God Bless You !
fourwheeltwo
Prayers for you Randy, family,
doctors and all care givers. Ask for God's blessing.
jlwood00
Thoughts and prayers with Randy and his family.
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