Randy Travis

Randy Travis, Randy Bruce Traywick actually, ( born May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina) is an American country singer, songwriter and actor.


Childhood and youth

At the age of eight years, Randy began, influenced by his country -loving father to play the guitar. Two years later he had with his brother Ricky as a duo Traywick Brothers first public appearances. The two began but early drinking and often came into conflict with the law. Fights, driving under the influence of alcohol and drug abuse were commonplace. At age 16, Randy took off to Charlotte, where he could draw attention to themselves in a talent competition. The bar owner Lib Hatcher took a liking to his music and offered him a job as a kitchen helper. Furthermore, there were in her establishment opportunities for performances. In Charlotte, there was, at least in the early years, often in trouble with the police.


Lib Hatcher eventually became his manager. With great commitment they gave him in 1978 a first recording contract. Two singles were recorded, but they were not very successful. In 1982, Hatcher the Palace Club in Nashville. Randy worked back in the kitchen and had occasional appearances. His manager financed first album, which was released under the name Randy Ray and was sold mainly to the guests of the club. 1985 could be the first time with a known label, Warner Brothers, signed a contract. Under a new name, Randy Travis, the Single On The Other Hand was published in the same year. It reached a respectable middle place in the country charts. The next single in 1982 even made it into the top 10. Then, On The Other Hand was promoted again, and this time managed the single space first appeared in 1986 his first Warner Brothers album: Storm of Live. It was of an impressive quality, received excellent reviews and sold over 3 million copies.

Randy Travis had become the main hope of the country music that had drifted in recent years in shallow waters of pop. With its ends to Lefty Frizzell or remember John Anderson singing style he belonged to the neo- traditionalists, who initiated a turnaround in the second half of the eighties. His second album, Always & Forever was more successful than the first. By the end of the decade, Travis managed seven consecutive number - one hits. He has received numerous awards, including two Grammys and multiple CMA Awards. His successes were also favored by the strong song material on which he could rely. It was above all written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz titles such as Diggin 'Up Bones or Forever and Ever, Amen, the peak positions guaranteed.

1991 married Lib and Randy. His winning streak continued. The mitausgelöste of him renewal of country music brought new stars like Garth Brooks or Alan Jackson upward, something pushed him to the background. Some plates were failures. After the turn of the millennium, he took on some religious -oriented albums, which also earned him a lot of credit. He has also appeared in several films.


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