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Infobox musical artist| name = Randy Travis| image = Randytravis.jpg?| caption = Randy Travis (2003)| image_size =| background = solo_singer| birth_name = Randy Bruce Traywick| birth_date = Birth date and age|1959|5|4| origin = Marshville, North Carolina , United States|USA | instrument = Singing|Vocals Guitar | genre = Country music|Country , Gospel music|Gospel | occupation = Singer-songwriter | years_active = 1978�present| label = Paula Warner Bros. Records|Warner Bros. Nashville DreamWorks Nashville Word Records|Word /Warner/ Curb Records|Curb | associated_acts = Alan Jackson Paul Overstreet Josh Turner Dolly Parton Carrie Underwood Matt Kennon | website = http://randy-travis.com/ www.randy-travis.com | Randy Travis (born May 4, 1959) is an United States|American country music singer and actor . Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard (magazine)|Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which 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 three million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums.
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 Award|Dove awards, including Album of the Year three times. In addition to his singing career, Travis pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series, including The Rainmaker (1997 film)|The Rainmaker (1997) with Matt Damon , Texas Rangers (film)|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, 6 number one albums, 6 Grammy awards, 6 Country Music Association|CMA awards, 9 Academy of Country Music|ACM awards, 10 American Music Award|AMA awards, 7 Dove Awards|Dove awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .cite web |url=Allmusic|class=artist|id=p1846/biography|pure_url=yes |title=Randy Travis Biography |accessdate=2011-09-10 |last=Mansfield |first=Brian |coauthors= Stephen Thomas Erlewine |work= Allmusic cite web|last=|first=|title=Randy Travis Awards |url= http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/travis_randy/awards.jhtml CMT|accessdate=18 September 2011cite web|last=|first=|title=About Randy Travis|url= http://www.randytravis.com/about Randy Travis|accessdate=18 September 2011
Randy Bruce Traywick was born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina ,cite web |url=Allmusic|class=artist|id=p1846/biography|pure_url=yes |title=Randy Travis Biography |accessdate=2008-04-25 |last=Mansfield |first=Brian |coauthors= Stephen Thomas Erlewine |work= Allmusic Gregory, Andy (2002) ''International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002'', Europa, ISBN 1-85743-161-8, p. 511 the second of six children of Bobbie (n�e Tucker), a textile factory worker, and Harold Traywick, a horse breeder, turkey farmer, substitute school teacher, and construction business owner. http://www.filmreference.com/film/65/Randy-Travis.html Randy Travis Biography (1959-). He is of Cornish people|Cornish English descent on his father's side, with the family name originally spelled Traweek . http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/10672931/person/-369140627/story/8fb1c4ce-ca0b-4dd3-8708-88c406ce5861? src=search He is a descendant of Cornish immigrant Robarde Traweek, http://users.hal-pc.org/~happy/surname/b70.html#P2050 whose son Robert was born in 1700 in Stafford County, Virginia and died in 1788 in Onslow County, North Carolina , establishing the North Carolinian roots of the Traywick family.
Randy and his brother Ricky were encouranged 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 8, Randy began playing guitar. Two years later, he and his brother began performing at local clubs and talent contests, calling themselves the Traywick Brothers.cite web |url=Allmusic|class=artist|id=p1846/biography|pure_url=yes |title=Randy Travis biography |accessdate=2011-09-10 |last=Mansfield |first=Brian |coauthors= Stephen Thomas Erlewine |work= Allmusic Randy often fought with his father and soon dropped out of high school.Gates, D. (1990-10-22), "The voice of country music". Newsweek . 116 (17):70. He became a Juvenile delinquency|juvenile delinquent and was arrested for various offenses, including auto theft and burglary. Travis has since voiced regret for his past misdeeds.cite web |url= http://kidsofwidneyhigh.com/2008/08/04/welcome-to-the-kids-new-home-online/ |title=Blog Archive � Welcome to the Kids� New Home Online |publisher=The Kids of Widney High |date= |accessdate=2009-03-18
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.Miller, H.G. (October 1988), "Randy Travis: nice guy finishes first". Saturday Evening Post . 260 (7):60-91. During the late 1970s, Randy worked and sang at Country City USA. Still in his late teens, Travis had one last 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, who also became his manager. The two began to focus on his career full time.cite web |url=Allmusic|class=artist|id=p1846/biography|pure_url=yes |title=Randy Travis Biography |accessdate=2011-09-10 |last=Mansfield |first=Brian |coauthors= Stephen Thomas Erlewine |work= Allmusic
In 1978, he recorded a self-titled album, Randy Traywick , for Paula Records. The following year, he released two unsuccessful singles, "She's My Woman" and "Dreamin'". 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 . It was during this time that an unlikely romance began to form between the two. Travis would later comment, "I think we discovered how much we needed each other."No byline (Fall 94 Special Issue) "The aloha cowboy". People . 42 (9):36. He and Hatcher eventually came forward with their relationship and were married in a private ceremony in 1991. They divorced on October 29, 2010 after a 19-year marriage. Despite the divorce, their 34-year business relationship continues.cite web|url= http://www.theboot.com/2010/10/29/randy-travis-wife-elizabeth-divorce/|title=Randy Travis, Wife Elizabeth Divorce|publisher=The Boot|date=2010-10-29|accessdate=2011-04-21
During the early 1980s, Travis was rejected by every major record label in Nashville. His early demo tapes were criticized by record executives as being "too country." To support them, Hatcher took a job as manager of a nightclub, The Nashville Palace, and hired Travis as a cook and singer. 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 . As part of the contract, label executives insisted they keep their romance a secret, and changed his stage name from Randy Ray to Randy Travis. In 1985, Warner Bros. Records released the single " On the Other Hand " which peaked at #67 on the country charts. His next single, " 1982 (song)|1982 ", became a Top 10 hit single. In 1986, Warner Bros. re-released "On the Other Hand", which became Travis' first number one hit.
His debut album, Storms of Life , went on to sell more than 4 million copies. In the late 1980s he had a string of hits, including "No Place Like Home" and " Diggin' Up Bones ". A song from his second Warner Brothers album Always and Forever titled "Forever and Ever, Amen" arguably launched the neo-traditionalist country era. For two years in a row, Travis won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance , for the albums Always & Forever (Randy Travis album)|Always & Forever in 1988, and for Old 8x10 in 1989. He also won the ACM award for Best Country Newcomer in 1986. Off the success of his first two albums, Old 8x10 was certified platinum, and Always and Forever was number one for 43 weeks.
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 President George H.W. Bush . Its release prompted New York freelance writer Lina Accurso to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission charging that the single qualified as political advertising for since Bush media consultant Roger Ailes produced the song's video and White House publicist Sig Rogich , was credited as a co-writer. The FEC rejected the complaint, ruling that the song and video "neither expressly advocate the election of, nor solicit contributions on behalf of, Mr. Bush."Weisberg, Jacob (1991-10-14), " Miata culpa ". New Republic . 205 (16):54.
In 1992, Travis took a break from music to concentrate on acting and landed roles in several Western-genre films. He returned to recording with the 1994 album This Is Me (Randy Travis album)|This Is Me and the hit single "Whisper My Name". Three years later, Travis parted ways with Warner Brothers and signed with DreamWorks Records|DreamWorks Nashville . He recorded You and You Alone , which produced the top 10 hits "Out of My Bones", "The Hole" and "Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man".
After the 1999 release of '' A Man Ain't Made of Stone , Travis shifted away from mainstream country and focused on Gospel. During this time, he recorded the albums Inspirational Journey (2000), Rise and Shine (Randy Travis album)|Rise and Shine (2002), and Worship & Faith (2003). The single "Three Wooden Crosses" from the Rise and Shine album reached No. 1 and won the CMA song of the year in 2003. That same year, Travis ranked #13 on CMT 's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music . Additionally, he continued to act in film and television; he appeared in several episodes and in the series finale of Touched by an Angel ''.Bianco, Robert (2003-04-25), "Critic's corner". USA Today . His album, Passing Through (Randy Travis album)|Passing Through , was released in November 2004. It combined the country music of his earlier years, with the gospel influences from his latest albums. After the release of Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise in 2005 and the Christmas album Songs of the Season in 2007, Travis released his brand new single "Faith in You" as a free download from his official website. It heralded the July 2008 release of his album, Around the Bend (album)|Around the Bend , his first collection of mainly secular recordings in nearly a decade.
In February 2009, Travis' "I Told You So" was released as a single by Carrie Underwood , who had recorded the song for her 2007 album Carnival Ride . The next month, radio stations were sent a duet version of the song, featuring Randy Travis on vocals. From then, he was credited with Underwood on the single, which peaked at No. 2 on the Country charts and No. 9 on the U.S. Hot 100. That month, Travis released the 2 disc greatest hits compilation I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis . In June 2011, he unveiled his latest album, Anniversary Celebration .
Main|Randy Travis albums discography|Randy Travis singles discography ;Studio albums
Academy of Country Music|Academy of Country Music Awards
Academy of Country Music#Top New Male Vocalist|1985 Top New Male Vocalist
Academy of Country Music#Album of the Year|1986 Album of the Year � " Storms of Life "
Academy of Country Music#Single of the Year|1986 Single of the Year � "On the Other Hand"
Academy of Country Music#Album of the Year|1986 Album of the Year � Storms of Life
Academy of Country Music#Top Male Vocalist|1986 Top Male Vocalist
Academy of Country Music#Single of the Year|1987 Single of the Year � " Forever and Ever, Amen "
Academy of Country Music#Song of the Year|1987 Song of the Year � " Forever and Ever, Amen "
Academy of Country Music#Top New Male Vocalist|1987 Top New Male Vocalist
Academy of Country Music#Song of the Year|2003 Song of the Year � " Three Wooden Crosses "
American Music Awards
American Music Award for Favorite Country Album|1988 Favorite Country Album � " Always & Forever (Randy Travis album)|Always & Forever "
American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist|1988 Favorite Country Male Artist
American Music Award for Favorite Country Single|1988 Favorite Country Single � " Forever and Ever, Amen "
American Music Award for Favorite Country Album|1989 Favorite Country Album � " Always & Forever (Randy Travis album)|Always & Forever "
American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist|1989 Favorite Country Male Artist
American Music Award for Favorite Country Single|1989 Favorite Country Single � " I Told You So (Randy Travis song)|I Told You So "
American Music Award for Favorite Country Album|1990 Favorite Country Album � " Old 8x10 "
American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist|1990 Favorite Country Male Artist
American Music Award for Favorite Country Single|1990 Favorite Country Single � " Deeper Than the Holler "
Country Music Association Awards
Country Music Association Awards#Horizon Award|1986 Horizon Award
Country Music Association Awards#Album of the Year|1987 Album of the Year � Always & Forever (Randy Travis album)|Always & Forever
Country Music Association Awards#Male Vocalist of the Year|1987 Male Vocalist of the Year
Country Music Association Awards#Single of the Year|1987 Single of the Year � "Forever and Ever, Amen"
Country Music Association Awards#Male Vocalist of the Year|1988 Male Vocalist of the Year
Country Music Association Awards#Song of the Year|2006 Song of the Year � " Three Wooden Crosses "
Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance|1988 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance � "Always & Forever"
Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance|1989 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance � "Old 8x10"
2004 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass, Gospel Album � Rise And Shine
2005 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass, Gospel Album � Worship & Faith
2007 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass, Gospel Album � Glory Train
Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals|2010 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with vocals � "I Told You So" by Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
Gospel Music Association Dove Awards
2003 Mainstream Country Artist of the Year
2003 Country Album of the Year � Rise And Shine
2003 Song of the Year � "Three Wooden Crosses"
2004 Country Recorded Song of the Year � "Three Wooden Crosses"
2004 Country Album of the Year � Worship & Faith
2005 Country Album of the Year � Glory Train
2009 Country Album of the Year � Around the Bend
Jerusalem Countdown (2010) � Jack Thompson
The Wager (2007 film)|The Wager (2007) � Michael Steele
The Gift: Life Unwrapped (2007) � Ellison
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) � Himself
Lost: A Sheep Story (2006) � Porkchop
On the Farm: The Prodigal Pig (2006) � Porkchop
The Visitation (film)|The Visitation (2006) � Kyle Sherman
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2004) � Himself
Apple Jack (2003) � Narrator
The Long Ride Home (2003) � Jack Fowler/Jack Cole
The Trial of Old Drum (2002) � Charlie Burden Jr. - old
Texas Rangers (film)|Texas Rangers (2001) � Frank Bones
The Cactus Kid (2000) � Pecos Jim
The Trial of Old Drum (2000) � Charlie Burden Jr. (as an adult)
John John in the Sky (2000) � John Claiborne
The Million Dollar Kid (2000) � Businessman
King of The Hill (2000) � Himself
The White River Kid (1999) � Sheriff Becker
Baby Geniuses (1999) � Control Room Technician
Hey Arnold (1998) � Appears as "Travis Randall"
T.N.T. (1998) � Jim
Black Dog (film)|Black Dog (1998) � Earl
The Rainmaker (1997 film)|The Rainmaker (1997) � Billy Porter
The Shooter (1997) � Kyle
''Annabelle's Wish (1997) � Adult Billy/Narrator
Steel Chariots (1997) � Rev. Wally Jones
Fire Down Below (1997 film)|Fire Down Below (1997) � Ken Adams
Boys Will Be Boys (1997) � Lloyd Clauswell
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series)|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996)
Edie & Pen (1996) � Pony Cobb
A Holiday to Remember (1995) � Clay Traynor
''Dead Man's Revenge (1994) � U. S. Marshall
Frank & Jesse (1994) � Cole Younger
Texas (film)|Texas (1994) � Capt. Sam Garner
At Risk (1994) � Ellison
The Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart (1994)
Wind in the Wire (1993) � Himself
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http://www.randy-travis.com/ Official website
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