Born in May of 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, Randy Travis is a country artist that has been present in the field for over three decades. After a childhood filled with dreams of becoming a musician, Travis won a talent contest at the Charlotte night club Country City USA. After which, he worked for the club as both a cook and a singer until being taken in by the club’s owner, Elizabeth Hatcher. In ’78, he recorded his self-titled album for Paula Records. In ’82, he moved on to Nashville, where he was rejected by almost every major record label until Warner Bros. Records took him on as a recording artist. There, he released many successful singles and albums, won numerous awards and recognitions, and truly made a name for himself in the country music community. In 1986, he was invited to join the ranks of the prestigious Grand Ole Opry.
Travis has released a lengthy list of singles over his career, including more than twenty Number One hits. Throughout the 80s, he topped the charts ten times, with singles like “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Honky Tonk Moon” and “It’s Just a Matter of Time.” The following decade brought him even more success, with singles like “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” “Forever Together,” “Look Heart, No Hands” and “Whisper My Name.” In 2002, he released his latest Number One hit, “Three Wooden Crosses.”
His success with his singles and albums, nine of which have reached Gold or higher certification, have rewarded Travis with a number of awards, including six Grammys for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, for Best Southern, Country, Bluegrass or Gospel Album and for Best Country Collaboration with vocals. He has also won awards from the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.
Travis has also extended his fame from a musician into an actor over the years, appearing in a number of television programs and films, including The Rainmaker; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; Fire Down Below; National Treasure: Book of Secrets; King of the Hill; Baby Geniuses; and The Wager.
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