Randy Travis and His Route to Country Music Stardom

On May 4, 1959, country music star Randy Travis was born in Union County. Raised on a Marshville turkey farm, Travis began playing guitar at age 10, discovering what would become a lifetime love of country music.

As an adolescent, Travis had several run-ins with the law, and he dropped out of high school at 15. To help put him back on track, Lib Hatcher, owner of a Charlotte club where Travis performed, adopted him. With her help, Travis focused seriously on his music career and moved to Nashville.

Warner Brothers Records signed Travis in 1985. His first hits included “1982” and “On the Other Hand.” Travis’s second album, Always and Forever, released in 1987, proved his staying power in the country music spotlight.

The authenticity and traditional approach Travis gives to his music distinguishes him as a country music legend. His style is said to be strongly influenced by the legendary Hank Williams. Fellow musicians, including Garth Brooks and Clint Black, now claim they looked to Travis for inspiration.

Travis has won many accolades in his long career including six Grammys, seven Academy of Country Music Awards and nine American Music Awards.

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One response to “Randy Travis and His Route to Country Music Stardom”

  1. Ken Harbit says :

    Reblogged this on East Carolina Legends, Myths & Stories and commented:
    Honors and awards
    Academy of Country Music Awards
    • 1985 Top New Male Vocalist
    • 1986 Album of the Year – “Storms of Life”
    • 1986 Single of the Year – “On the Other Hand”
    • 1986 Top Male Vocalist
    • 1987 Single of the Year – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
    • 1987 Song of the Year – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
    • 2003 Song of the Year – “Three Wooden Crosses”
    American Music Awards
    • 1988 Favorite Country Album – “Always & Forever”
    • 1988 Favorite Country Male Artist
    • 1988 Favorite Country Single – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
    • 1989 Favorite Country Album – “Always & Forever”
    • 1989 Favorite Country Male Artist
    • 1989 Favorite Country Single – “I Told You So”
    • 1990 Favorite Country Album – “Old 8×10″
    • 1990 Favorite Country Male Artist
    • 1990 Favorite Country Single – “Deeper Than the Holler”
    Country Music Association Awards
    • 1986 Horizon Award
    • 1987 Album of the Year – Always & Forever
    • 1987 Male Vocalist of the Year
    • 1987 Single of the Year – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
    • 1988 Male Vocalist of the Year
    • 2003 Song of the Year – “Three Wooden Crosses”
    Grammy Awards
    • 1988 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance – “Always & Forever”
    • 1989 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance – “Old 8×10″
    • 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
    • 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

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