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Randy Travis

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Randy Travis (born Randy Bruce Traywick, May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina) is an American multiple Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning American country singer. Active since 1985, he has recorded more than a dozen studio albums to date, in addition to charting more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Travis was born in Marshville, North Carolina, the second of six children of Bobbie, a textile factory worker, and Harold Traywick, a horse breeder, turkey farmer, and construction business owner. While growing up, Travis was forced to take guitar lessons by his father and began performing at the age of eight with his brother, Ricky. Travis began drinking at the age of 12, and by 14 was a regular marijuana user, who occasionally dabbled in harder drugs. He 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.

Harold Traywick entered Randy and Ricky in a talent contest at a nightclub called “Country City, USA” in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the meantime, Ricky, who also had brushes with the law, was sentenced to jail and Randy had to complete the contest alone, but he won anyway. The club’s manager, Elizabeth “Lib” Hatcher, took an interest in Travis and gave him a job singing at the club. Travis began focusing on music. He first recorded for Paula Records and released two unsuccessful singles — “She’s My Woman” and “Dreamin’”. Travis’ legal troubles continued and he was due in court for probation violations.

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  • samy1883

    great voice he had

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
  • chickenseed1

    RANDY IS TRULY ONE IN A MILLION! A VOICE YOU CAN BELIEVE. HIS SINGING MAKES YOU FEEL HE SINGS ALL HIS SONGS TO PLEASE HIS FANS! YOU GET STONGER AND GO GET YOUR TRUE CALLING BACK!! SINGING!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • wildtony40

    get well soon Randy.........

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • susu1963

    Thoughts and Prayers to you Randy

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • CM-Girl

    Thoughts and prayers are with Randy Travis.

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Jacob_Grimm

    Never really eyeballed the groups attached to the page here before. "Country Music - The Real Stuff" is a particularly amusing one considering that I have heard many a "real country" fan dismiss Randy's output, given that he's cemented so heavily in the neotraditional country scene.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    Pretty! I love this tune and talent! Randy I have been there forever! You are a talent that I love! Keep doing what you do! I love you! :-)

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • blognroll

    We, the country music community, in Bakersfield, on this, Buck Owens birthday, want to express our love and support for Randy Travis on what may be his darkest hour. We do that through this song, and through our prayers. http://johnib.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/randy-travis-rough-night-what-were-you-drinking-last-night/

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • conduit1984

    What a drunk idiot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19188330

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    Randy Travis in Jail for 2 DUI in Teaxs.........

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • empireblood

    the simple things<3

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    randy travis go to jail for 6 hrs for drinkin.

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Thomse_BER

    Heard 'Deeper than the Holler' here on lastfm...the first thing to do the next day was to get a Randy Travis CD - I didn't regret it. Great music.

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sadbreakfast

    Amazing voice, amazing music.

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • tia1410

    hi folks my hubby saw a randy travis song years ago and know he cant find it he says it is called love on the radio or else it had those words in song but video showed randy singing to a girl in a radio station. Could someone please point me in the direction I need to find this song Thanks

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • modesty68

    He is just amazing.

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    Gotta love a voice like that!

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ele-jay

    love em chek out my tracks ele jay

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CNOA77

    i LOVE RANDY TRAVIS MY DAD USED TO SING HIS SONGS 2 ME AND MY BROTHER CLASSIC

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • tamaraslavin

    i love randy travis his voice is amazing. an im new at this yall

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
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