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Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), better known by his stage name Randy Travis, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Active since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number-one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album "Storms of Life", which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the neo-traditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.
By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and changed his musical focus to gospel music. Although the career shift produced only one more number-one country hit "Three Wooden Crosses", Travis went on to earn several Dove Awards, including Country Album of the Year five times. In addition to his singing career, he pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series, including The Rainmaker (1997) with Matt Damon, Black Dog (1998) with Patrick Swayze, Texas Rangers (2001) with James Van Der Beek, and seven episodes of the Touched by an Angel television series
Travis has sold over 25 million records, and has earned 22 number-one hits, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | April 26, 2019
Grand Ole Opry to Honor Randy Travis on 60th Birthday
Randy Travis will make a special appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage on May 4 to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Charles Esten, Josh Turner and Charlie Worsham are all scheduled to appear on the Opry on Randy’s birthday, as is fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Schlitz, who penned a number of Randy’s biggest hits, including “Deeper Than The Holler,” “Forever And Ever, Amen,” “Heroes And Friends,” “On the Other Hand” and “Point Of Light.”
Randy will release his new book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life, on May 14. Randy, with the help of author Ken Abraham, shares stories of his working-class childhood, country music career, medical problems, broken marriage and more.
I didn’t really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made - on myself and on others,” said Randy. “My songs were the stories of my life and I learned from those who listened, they were theirs too - my fans inspired me and continue to do so.” photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com
Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | November 30, 2017
Randy Travis’ Team Issues Petition to Block the Release of His Naked DWI Arrest Video From 2012
Randy Travis’ wife, Mary Davis-Travis, posted a message on Facebook on Nov. 29 that asks fans to sign a petition to block the release of dashboard video footage of Randy’s 2012 DWI arrest.
The video was filmed by police in 2012 after Randy crashed his 1988 Trans Am outside of Tioga, Texas. Randy was reportedly lying naked in the road and belligerent to officers. Randy’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21—more than twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle—and he later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Normally, the video footage would be a matter of public record—with the nudity redacted—but there are a lot of ins and outs, notably:
• Randy suffered a concussion during the crash and his lawyer contends the video violates HIPPA laws.
• Randy suffered a stroke in 2013 and has no “present ability to comment on the tape or defend himself if necessary.”
Randy’s legal team, which has exhausted its options on the state level, has turned to the federal courts in an effort to keep the video private. The petition on Change.org, which has been signed by more than 2,100 people, will be presented to the Texas Attorney General.
Read Mary Davis-Travis’ Facebook message below:
Mary Davis Travis, 29. November um 23:07 · Change.org ·
Please read and if you feel lead, please sign and forward to your friends. It is unfortunate that there are those out there that wish for bad things to happen to good people, and will go to any length to undermine them. This is a case where the justice system has miserably failed and bowed down to illintended requests. We were told by the Judge in Grayson County that the video would be destroyed after Randy completed all requirements handed down by the Judge. Randy completed all requirements in very timely fashion, only to be told by the Attorney General's office that the Judge didn't have the authority! We have been in this battle ever since, along with so diligently trying to recover from his massive health issues. Randy has overcome so many obstacles; and, continues to have such a positive attitude - by God's grace. Thank you for your support!
Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | February 10, 2017
The Top 5 Best Performances From the Randy Travis Tribute Concert [Watch . . . and Learn]
1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis took place on Wednesday night (Feb. 8) in front of a packed house at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and it featured more than 40 performers, including Garth Brooks, Wynonna, Jeff Foxworthy, Alison Krauss, Ben Haggard, Neal McCoy, Phil Vassar, Travis Tritt, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, The Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker, Kane Brown, James Dupre, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Collin Raye, The Bellamy Brothers, Ricky Traywick and Chris Young, Chuck Wicks, Mark Chesnutt, Daryle Singletary, Paul Overstreet, Shane Owens, William Michael Morgan, Josh Turner, Rudy Gatlin, John Conlee, Daily & Vincent, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, Riders in the Sky and Charles Esten.
In addition to the great performances - and there were a bunch - Randy capped the three-hour show by leading the all-star cast in a rendition of “Amazing Grace” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
I’ve narrowed down those 40-plus performances to the Top 5. If you disagree, and I’m sure you will, feel free to tweet your Top 5 list to @TheJimCasey or @NashCntryDaily - but only if you attended the show. No fan-club fodder needed.
1. Randy Travis
“Amazing Grace” Technically, Randy sang at the CMA Awards in November when he capped “Forever and Ever, Amen” with the “Amen,” and he did that again on Wednesday night as Garth Brooks sang the tune. But on Feb. 8, Randy truly sang for the first time—that I know about—since suffering his stroke in 2013. Randy closed the show by leading the all-star troupe in a rendition of “Amazing Grace” as everyone joined him onstage. It truly was amazing. Randy may not
3. Travis Tritt
“Better Class of Losers” Full disclosure: I’m an unabashed Travis Tritt super-fan. Regardless, no one onstage that night had more energy than TT. He was genuinely excited to be there. He was giddy. I don’t think there’s a better adjective to describe him (or I would have used it). Travis’ rendition of “Better Class of Losers” had the crowd on its feet immediately and he got a louder ovation than anyone else (sans maybe Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers), but Travis’ performance outshined the G-Man and The Gambler, which is no small feat.
5. Phil Vassar
“More Life” Phil Vassar was mesmerizing as he tickled the ivory and crooned “More Life.” If you’ve ever seen Phil in concert, the wild man has the tendency to be—look squirrel—but for four minutes he was focused on one mission: honoring Randy with this redemptive tune. And he was truly captivating. I would have tipped my hat to him, if I was wearing one.
2. Chris Janson
“Look Heart, No Hands” As a performer, winning over a crowd with one song in less than five minutes is a daunting task, especially against the firepower onstage that night, but Chris Janson WON the crowd like Maximus in Gladiator: he gave them something they’ve never seen before. Chris, who is normally a whirling dervish of energy onstage, was almost stoic as he sang “Look Heart, No Hands”—until he busted out his harmonica and went to town on a solo. Dude has skills. Mad skills. He deserves a new boat from the show’s promoter.
“On the Other Hand” Randy’s tribute concert was lacking one thing: female performers. Of the 40 artists who took the stage, only a handful were women, including Alison Krauss (who was amazing singing “Deeper Than the Holler”), Tanya Tucker and Jeannie Seely. Vocally, Wynonna was on another level as she belted out “On the Other Hand.” It’s a level few performers have ever been on, but Wynonna at age 52 is still better than any other female vocalist on the planet (Ok, maybe she’s tied with Trisha Yearwood).
Nash Country Daily | by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | October 28, 2016
Epic Surprise! Randy Travis Shocks Kane Brown With Visit During Live Performance of “Three Wooden Crosses”
It was a day like any other normal day at the NASH Country Daily offices— newcomer Kane Brown was coming by to play a few songs from his upcoming self-titled album, along with a few covers. Like I said, just another ordinary day.
Here’s the thing, it wasn’t just an ordinary day because what Kane didn’t know was that the America’s Morning Show team set up a surprise visit from a very special artist
While Kane was in the middle of singing a cover of “Three Wooden Crosses,” the legendary Randy Travis snuck up behind him and surprised the singer with a visit. You can see the shock on Kane’s
face. “Duuude,” Kane exclaimed when seeing the star. “What’s up man? Can I get a hug? It’s nice to meet you. This is crazy” Kane said. And we caught the whole exchange on camera. Check out the visit above.
Nash Country Daily | by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | July 19, 2016
Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker & More Join Forces for Dallas Police Benefit Concert
More than a dozen country artists are joining forces to raise money for the families of five slain Dallas police officers. The benefit concert - Stars Behind the Stars - will take place Wednesday, July 27, at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. The lineup features Tanya tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills, Collin Raye, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, The Bellamy Brothers, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Mickey Gilley, Moe Bandy and a special appearance by Randy Travis.
Cumulus Dallas/Ft. Worth will be the official radio partner of Stars
Behind Stars and 100 percent of the proceeds will go the the Dallas
Police Association's Assist the Officer Foundation, which provides immediate assistance to an officer's family in the event of the death of an active officer. T.G. Sheppard will serve as host and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band will provide the backing music.
Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Randy Bruce Traywick was born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, the second of six children of Bobbie (née Tucker) (May 16, 1937-May 21, 1998), a textile factory worker, and Harold Traywick (March 31, 1933-October 8, 2016), a horse breeder, turkey farmer, substitute school teacher, and construction business owner.
Randy and his brother Ricky were encouraged to pursue their musical talents by their father, who was a fan of Hank Williams, George Jones, and Lefty Frizzell.
In 1967, at the age of eight, Randy began playing guitar and sang in the church of Christ as a boy. Two years later, he and his brother began performing at local clubs and talent contests, calling themselves the Traywick Brothers. Randy often fought with his father and soon dropped out of high school. He became a juvenile delinquent and was arrested for various offenses, including auto theft and burglary. Travis has since voiced regret for his past misdeeds.
In 1975, while his brother was serving time in jail for a high-speed car chase, Randy won a talent contest at a nightclub, Country City USA, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The club's owner, Elizabeth "Lib" Hatcher, took an interest in the young singer, hired him as a cook, and gave him regular singing jobs at the club.
During the late 1970s, Randy worked and sang at Country City USA. Still in his late teens, Travis had one more encounter with the law.
At his hearing, the judge told Travis that if he ever saw the singer back in his court, he should be prepared to go to jail for a long time. Travis was released into the guardianship of Hatcher (image), who also became his manager. The two began to focus on his career full-time.
In 1978, he began recording for Paula Records. His first single with the label, "Dreamin'", was released in April 1978 and failed to chart. A second single, "She's My Woman", was released in September 1978 and spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at number 91.
A full album on Paula Records was never released. Travis moved in with Hatcher, which put further strain on her already fragile marriage. She eventually left her husband and, in 1982, she and Travis moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
During this time an unlikely romance began to form between the two. Travis would later comment, "I think we discovered how much we needed each other." He and Hatcher eventually came forward with their relationship and were married in a private ceremony in 1991.
In 1982, Travis recorded an independent album "Live at the Nashville Palace", and Hatcher used the album to secure a deal with Warner Bros. Records' Nashville branch. As part of the contract, label executives insisted they keep their romance a secret, and changed his stage name again, to Randy Travis. In 1985, Warner Bros. Records released the single "On the Other Hand" which peaked at No. 67 on the country charts. His next single, "1982", became a Top 10 hit single. In 1986, Warner Bros. re-released "On the Other Hand", and the re-release became Travis's first No. 1 single on that chart. These songs were included on his major-label debut "Storms of Life", which produced another number-one country single in "Diggin' Up Bones", plus "No Place Like Home",which held the No. 2 position on the Billboard country charts in early 1987. "On the Other Hand", "Diggin' Up Bones", and "No Place Like Home" were all co-written by Paul Overstreet. "Diggin' Up Bones" also won Travis his first Grammy Award in 1986, for Best Male Vocal Country Performance. "Storms of Life" received its highest Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sales certification in 1992, when it was certified triple-platinum for shipments of 3 million copies. The album's producer was Kyle Lehning, who would also serve in this capacity for nearly all of Travis's subsequent albums.
Travis's second album for Warner Bros. was "Always & Forever". Released in April 1987, it accounted for four singles, all of which made No. 1 at Billboard: "Forever and Ever, Amen" (also co-written by Overstreet), "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)", "Too Gone Too Long", and "I Told You So", the last of which Travis wrote himself. Of these, "Forever and Ever, Amen" held the top position for three weeks. "Always & Forever won Travis his second Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1987. "Old 8×10", his third album, was issued in July 1988.
Its first three singles, "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", and "Is It Still Over?", all reached No. 1 as well, while "Promises" was less successful at No. 17. The album achieved its highest RIAA certification of double-platinum in 1996. This was followed by Travis's first Christmas album, "An Old Time Christmas", late in 1989.
In 1989, Travis recorded a cover of "It's Just a Matter of Time", which was originally recorded by Brook Benton thirty years prior.
Travis cut the song for a multi-artist tribute album titled "Rock, Rhythm & Blues" which was also released by Warner Bros., and persuaded the label to include it on what would become his fourth Warner album, "No Holdin' Back".
Travis's version of the song, produced by Richard Perry (who also provided bass vocals on it), was the lead single to that album, and charted at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in December 1989. It was the second time that a rendition of that song had topped the country charts, as Sonny James had previously sent his version to No. 1 in 1970.
Two more singles were released from "No Holdin' Back": "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart", which became Travis's longest-lasting No. 1 single at four weeks in 1990, and "He Walked on Water", which peaked at No. 3.
The album included one other cover song, "Singing the Blues", along with the track "Somewhere in My Broken Heart", co-written and later recorded by Billy Dean.
Travis's sixth studio album, "Heroes & Friends", consisted almost entirely of duets. It produced only two singles: "A Few Ole Country Boys" (featuring George Jones) and the title track, also the only solo cut on the album, both made top 10 on the country music charts in 1991. Other featured artists included B. B. King and Clint Eastwood. Another cut from the album was "We're Strangers Again", a duet with Tammy Wynette. Written by Merle Haggard and Leona Williams, this song originally appeared on their 1983 duets album "Heart to Heart". The rendition by Travis and Wynette later appeared on the latter's Best Loved Hits compilation for Epic Records, who issued it as a single in August 1991.
Also in 1991, Travis took part in "Voices That Care", a multi-artist project that featured other top names in music for a one-off single to raise money for the allied troops in the Gulf War. The project included fellow singers Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, and Kathy Mattea. In addition, Travis recorded the patriotic song "Point of Light" in response to the Thousand points of light program initiated by George H. W. Bush, then the President of the United States. This song was also the lead single to his seventh Warner album, "High Lonesome".
This album produced three more singles, all of which Travis co-wrote with fellow country singer Alan Jackson: "Forever Together", "Better Class of Losers", and "I'd Surrender All".
Warner Bros. released two volumes of a "Greatest Hits" package in September 1992: "Greatest Hits, Volume 1" and "Greatest Hits, Volume 2". One single from each compilation made No. 1 that year: "If I Didn't Have You" from Volume 1, and "Look Heart, No Hands" from Volume 2. Also released from Volume 1 was "An Old Pair of Shoes", which charted at No. 21. Later in 1992, Travis cut the album "Wind in the Wire", a disc of cowboy-inspired Western music intended to accompany a television movie of the same name in which Travis appeared.
This disc was his first not to produce any Top 40 country singles. Due to "Wind in the Wire" and other TV movies in which he starred, Travis took a hiatus from recording and touring for most of 1993. He later told Billboard magazine that "There seems to be this perception that I've completely quit".
Lehning remarked of Travis's ninth album, "This Is Me", that the singer seemed "reinvigorated", while Travis himself said that the songs on it seemed more "rowdy" than those on previous albums. Four singles from this album made the charts: "Before You Kill Us All", "Whisper My Name" (which peaked at No. 1 in 1994), the title track, and "The Box". His last album for Warner was 1996's "Full Circle", which featured the singles "Are We in Trouble Now" (written by Mark Knopfler), "Would I", and "Price to Pay", the last of which failed to reach the country top 40. Also in 1996, Travis covered Roger Miller's "King of the Road" for the soundtrack to "Traveller". This rendition, issued by Asylum Records, spent 15 weeks on the country charts despite only peaking at No. 51.
Travis signed to DreamWorks Records in 1998, where he issued "You and You Alone". For this album, Travis coproduced with Byron Gallimore (best known for his work with Tim McGraw) and James Stroud. Featured artists on the disc included Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Melba Montgomery. Actor Patrick Swayze also contributed backing vocals on the track "I Did My Part". Its singles were "Out of My Bones", "The Hole", "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man" (co-written by former Styx member Glen Burtnik), and "Stranger in My Mirror". His only other DreamWorks album, "A Man Ain't Made of Stone", followed in 1999. Also co-produced by Stroud and Gallimore, it produced a Top 20 hit in its title track, but three other singles all failed to make top 40.
Travis's career from 2000 onward was dominated by Christian country music. His first full album in the genre, 2000's "Inspirational Journey", was issued via Word Records. One cut from this album, "Baptism", was originally recorded by Kenny Chesney as a duet with Travis on Chesney's 1999 album "Everywhere We Go". The version appearing on "Inspirational Journey", a solo rendition by Travis, charted at No. 75 on the country charts in late 2000. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Travis recorded the patriotic song "America Will Always Stand", which charted via distribution from Relentless Records.
Travis's most successful venture in Christian country music was "Three Wooden Crosses". Released in December 2002 as the lead single to his album "Rise and Shine", that song became his sixteenth and final No. 1 single in early 2003. It was followed by "Worship & Faith", consisting mostly of gospel standards, in 2003. This album earned an RIAA gold certification three years after its release. After it came "Passing Through", which accounted for his last solo chart entries in "Four Walls" and "Angels". "Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise" in 2005 also consisted largely of gospel covers, while his second Christmas album, "Songs of the Season", followed in 2007.
"Around the Bend" in 2008 returned Travis to a traditional country style, coinciding with a return to Warner Bros. Nashville. Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted of Travis's career in the preceding years that his turn to Christian music "was fruitful, producing a series of good, heartfelt records, yet they also had a nice side effect of putting commercialism way on the back burner, as the gospel albums were made without the charts in mind" while adding that "Around the Bend" "stands apart from trends, not defiantly but comfortably."
In 2009, Carrie Underwood covered "I Told You So" with Travis on duet vocals, and this collaborative version charted at No. 2 on the country charts. Travis released two more covers albums in 2013 and 2014: "Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am", and "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am".
In 2016, Travis was selected as one of 30 artists to appear in the music video for "Forever Country", a mash-up track of "Take Me Home", "Country Roads", "On the Road Again" and "I Will Always Love You" which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
Travis's autobiography, Forever and Ever Amen, co-written with the assistance of Ken Abraham, was released on May 14, 2019. On February 28, 2020; Randy Travis released a new Gospel Album called Precious Memories (Worship & Faith) through Bill Gaither's Music Label, which contained 12 songs that were recorded in 2003 at the Calvary Assembly Of God Church in Orlando, Florida. It was recorded before Randy's Stroke.
Travis and Lib Hatcher divorced on October 29, 2010 after a 19-year marriage, and their business relationship ended thereafter. He married Mary Davis on March 21, 2015.
Legal issues in 2012
Travis was arrested in February 2012 when he was found in a parked car outside of a church in Sanger, Texas with an open bottle of wine and smelling of alcohol. Travis's Chrysalis Ranch is outside Tioga, Texas, about 20 miles from Sanger.
On August 7, 2012, state troopers in Grayson County, Texas responded to a call that an unclothed man was lying in the road. Troopers reported that they arrived to find Travis unclothed and smelling of alcohol. The Texas Highway Patrol said that Travis crashed his car in a construction zone, and that when they attempted to apprehend him, Travis threatened the lives of the troopers. Travis was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated and terroristic threat against a public servant. He posted bail in the amount of $21,500. Earlier in the same evening, just prior to the DUI arrest, Travis allegedly walked into a Tiger Mart convenience store naked, demanding cigarettes from the cashier, who in turn called the authorities. According to the store clerk, Travis left the store upon realizing he did not have any money to pay for the cigarettes.
On January 31, 2013, Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 incident and received two years probation, a $2,000 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
Illness in 2013
On July 7, 2013, Travis was admitted to a Dallas-area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection. His condition was classified as critical. Three days later, Travis suffered a massive stroke and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. On July 15, 2013, it was reported that Travis was awake and alert after undergoing brain surgery, that his heart was pumping without the assistance of machines, and that he was on the road to recovery. He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas, on July 31, 2013, and entered a physical therapy facility. Following his stroke, and despite therapy, Travis was unable to sing or speak and had to rely on a cane to walk for more than a year. By November 2014, he was slowly recovering, could walk short distances without assistance and was relearning how to write and play the guitar, according to his then-fiancée Mary Travis.
In 2016, it was reported he had recovered his voice after about three years of rehabilitation and therapy and could perform again.
He attended his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2016, where he performed a rendition of "Amazing Grace."
In 2017, it was noted that Travis had suffered permanent damage, which disabled his right hand and has limited much of his speech and singing ability; he continues to make public appearances but no longer sings, mainly because of apprehension about his ability to do it as well as he used to. He appeared on-stage with Michael Ray during a cover performance of "Forever and Ever Amen" in June 2017, to which Travis contributed the final "Amen." He did the same during his 60th birthday party, thrown by the Grand Ole Opry on May 4, 2019.
In September 2019, Travis announced he would return to touring. The tour will feature James Dupré as lead vocalist singing the repertoire with Travis's backing band, with Travis having a limited presence similar to his one-off appearances since 2017. Initially announced as a 12-city tour, it was cut back to three concerts shortly before the tour began in October "due to unexpected production and technical issues related to the elaborate content of the show," with the intent to reschedule the canceled shows in the near future once the technical problems are resolved.
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