Randy Travis
American singer
Randy Travis
Randy Travis is an American country music singer and actor. 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 three million copies.
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Music community honors Randy Travis in song
Yahoo News - 19 days
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.
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After Stroke, Country Music Star Randy Travis Returns To Stage With 'Amazing Grace'
NPR - 4 months
After suffering a stroke three years ago, Randy Travis had to learn to walk and talk again. This week he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, where he stood onstage and sang.
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Randy Travis sings 'Amazing Grace' three years after debilitating stroke
CNN - 4 months
Randy Travis brought the Country Music Hall of Fame audience to tears Sunday night.
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WATCH: Randy Travis Stuns Crowd, Sings at Hall of Fame Induction
ABC News - 4 months
The Country singer took to the microphone and sang "Amazing Grace" three years after a life-threatening stroke.
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Randy Travis marries Mary Davis
Fox News - almost 2 years
When Randy Travis turned up at the 2015 ACM Awards, it was a joyous occasion for fans. But the country icon has even more happy news: he married his fiancee, Mary Davis, on March 21.
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Surprise! Randy Travis is married
USA Today - almost 2 years
The country superstar quietly married in March.          
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Randy Travis attends ACMs
Fox News - almost 2 years
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Justin Bieber Home Investigation: No Egging Evidence Found
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
Justin Bieber was arrested for one crime last Thursday. But will he get away with another? On the heels of his DUI arrest, the singer finally received some good news over the weekend: According to TMZ insiders, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department sifted through various items it confiscated from Bieber's home... and did not find any evidence linking Justin to the alleged egging of his neighbor's home from earlier this month. Days after the incident supposedly took place, authorities executed a search warrant, sending multiple police cruisers to Bieber's Calabasas mansion in order to collect the artist's cell phone and some surveillance video. They hoped to find text messages Bieber sent bragging about the egg hurling and/or footage from Justin's own security cameras that would have depicted this criminal act. But they have come away empty-handed. Bieber's neighbor claims the superstar tossed at least 20 eggs against his home a few weeks ago, causing ...
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George Jones Tribute Concert Features Stars Aplenty
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The George Jones tribute concert opened Friday night with Big & Rich rolling onto the stage on riding lawn mowers. Sam Moore serenaded Jones' widow, Nancy. And Megadeth rocked in memory of "King George." Dozens of artists from all over the musical map participated in "Playin' Possum: The Final No Show," a marathon salute to Jones at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The show was originally planned as Jones' final performance of his last tour, but the revered vocalist and Country Music Hall of Fame member passed away in April at 81. "During the funeral, we mourned George," host Keith Bilbery said. "Tonight we celebrate him." Many of the performers who took the stage had already committed to perform with Jones, and dozens more signed on after his death. Country stars such as Garth Brooks and George Strait rubbed elbows backstage with fans who come from farther afield, including Kid Rock and Styx's Tommy Shaw. Jones' rocking chair was placed stage righ ...
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Core Bites: Aug. 16
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
The Honeycutters to play at BRCC Aug. 25 The Honeycutters will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Music by the Lake concert at Blue Ridge Community College. The Honeycutters is the musical collaboration of singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt and lead guitarist/producer Peter James. Its sound has drawn comparisons to such artists as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Its most recent release, "When Bitter Met Sweet" (2012), hit No. 23 on the Americana Chart, and landed at No. 94 for the year. It was also one of the top 10 best-selling albums at Merlefest in 2012. Since the release of its first studio album, The Honeycutters has shared the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna the Buffalo, Jill Andrews and Steep Canyon Rangers. The band includes Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass and Josh Milligan on drums. Admission to the concert is free, but bring picnics and l ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Randy Travis
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    In 2016, Travis was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "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.
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    In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Randy Bruce Traywick was born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, the second of six children of Bobbie (née Tucker), a textile factory worker, and Harold Traywick, a horse breeder, turkey farmer, substitute school teacher, and construction business owner. He is a descendant of Cornish immigrant Robarde Traweek, 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 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.
  • 2015
    Age 55
    He married Mary Davis on March 21, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    As of 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 Davis.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013, and entered a physical therapy facility.
    More Details Hide Details Following his stroke, and despite physical therapy, Travis has been unable to sing or speak and has difficulty walking, having to rely on a cane.
    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.
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    On July 7, 2013, Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection.
    More Details Hide Details His condition was classified as critical. Three days later, Travis suffered a massive stroke and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
    After good friend George Jones died in April 2013 Travis recorded "Tonight I'm Playin' Possum," in Jones' memory.
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    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2010
    Age 50
    Travis and Lib Hatcher divorced on October 29, 2010 after a 19-year marriage, and their business relationship ended thereafter.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next month, radio stations were sent a duet version of the song featuring Randy Travis on vocals. From that time on, 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 two-disc greatest hits compilation I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis. In June 2011, he released the album, Anniversary Celebration. In September 2013, he released the album Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    It heralded the July 2008 release of his album, Around the Bend, his first collection of mainly secular recordings in nearly a decade.
    More Details Hide Details Travis had a cameo appearance in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets playing at the President's birthday party.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    His album, Passing Through was released in November 2004 and included his song about mothers titled "Angels."
    More Details Hide Details It combined the country music of his earlier years with the gospel influences from his latest albums.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    After the 1999 release of A Man Ain't Made of Stone, Travis shifted away from mainstream country and focused on gospel.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he recorded the albums Inspirational Journey (2000), 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 No. 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.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    He returned to recording with the 1994 album This Is Me and the hit single "Whisper My Name".
    More Details Hide Details Three years later, Travis parted ways with Warner Brothers and signed with 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".
  • 1992
    Age 32
    In 1992, Travis took a break from music to concentrate on acting and landed roles in several Western-genre films.
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  • 1991
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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."
    He and Hatcher eventually came forward with their relationship and were married in a private ceremony in 1991.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 28
    For two years in a row, Travis won the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, for the albums Always & Forever in 1988, and for Old 8x10 in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1987
    Age 27
    In 1987, Travis appeared on the PBS music program Austin City Limits during Season 12.
    More Details Hide Details His debut album, Storms of Life, went on to sell more than four 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.
  • 1986
    Age 26
    In 1986, Warner Bros. re-released "On the Other Hand", which became Travis' first number-one hit.
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  • 1982
    Age 22
    In 1982, Travis recorded an independent album Live at the Nashville Palace, and Hatcher used the album to secure a deal with Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records. As part of the contract, label executives insisted they keep their romance a secret, and changed his stage name 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.
    She eventually left her husband and, in 1982, she and Travis moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 18
    In 1978, he recorded a self-titled album, Randy Traywick, for Paula Records.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1975
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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, who also became his manager. The two began to focus on his career full-time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on May 4, 1959.
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