Grammy-winning country artist Travis Tritt was born in February of 1963 in Marietta, Georgia. Tritt began singing and playing music at an early age, singing in his church’s Sunday school choir and teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight years old. In high school, he began writing his own music and soon after founded a bluegrass group with his friends. The group won second place at a local tournament, playing “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Also as a teenager, Tritt began playing in local clubs. In 1987, Warner Bros.’ Nashville division signed Tritt on to a recording contract. For the next five years, Tritt would release a string of successful songs and truly make a name for himself in country music. In 1992, he would join the ranks of the Grand Ole Opry.
Throughout those five years, Tritt’s string of successful hits included Number One singles “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore” and “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” as well as other Top 5 singles like “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” and “”The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” During his career, Tritt would top the charts two more times with 1994’s “Foolish Pride” and 2000’s “Best of Intentions.” He would reach the Top 5 several more times with songs like “Tell Me I Was Dreaming,” “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “Love of a Woman.”
Besides becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry, during his career, Tritt has won several awards. In 1990, he was named Billboard’s Top New Male Artist and was nominated for the Horizon Award by CMA. The following year, he won that same award. In ’92, he won the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals on “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” alongside Marty Stuart. Tritt won that award with Marty Stuart again in 1999 for “Same Old Train.” His songs “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and “Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best” have been named the Vocal Event of the Year twice (in ’93 and in ’96, respectively) from the Country Music Association.
Tritt has also appeared in an extensive list of films and television shows, including guest appearances on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Touched by an Angel; King of the Hill; Yes, Dear; Celebrity Poker Showdown; Blue Collar TV; and The Girls Next Door.
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