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Randy Travis Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Stroke, Net Worth, Songs and Movies

Randy Travis Biography

Randy Travis born Randy Bruce Traywick is an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He was born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina. He was born the second of six children of Bobbie, 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.

When he first started his music career, he used his birth name Randy Traywick before changing his stage name to Randy Ray and then later became Randy Travis, in honor of his musical idol, Merle Travis.

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. 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.

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. During this time an unlikely romance began to form between the two. Travis would later comment, “I think we discovered how much we needed each other.” He and Hatcher eventually came forward with their relationship and were married in a private ceremony in 1991.

Randy Travis

Randy Travis

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, where he performed under the name Randy Ray. 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 again, 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. In 1986, Warner Bros. re-released “On the Other Hand”, which became Travis’ first number-one hit.

In the late 1980s he had a string of hits, including “No Place Like Home” and “Diggin’ Up Bones”. His 1985 hit “Lazy Mooncricket Nights” was inspired by the birth of his cousin, William Garner “Spud” Simpson. 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 in 1988, and for Old 8×10 in 1989. He also won the ACM award for Best Country Newcomer in 1986.

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 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.”

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 and the hit single “Whisper My Name”. 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”. After good friend George Jones died in April 2013 Travis recorded “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum,” in Jones’ memory.

Randy Travis Age

He was born on May 4, 1959.

Randy Travis Wife

He married Mary Davis on March 21, 2015. This was after he and Lib Hatcher divorced on October 29, 2010 after a 19-year marriage, and their business relationship ended thereafter.

Randy Travis Children

This information about his children will be updated soon.

Randy Travis Stroke – Randy Travis Health

Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital On July 7, 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection. His condition was classified as critical. Three days later, Travis suffered a massive stroke and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. 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. He was released from Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, Texas on July 31, 2013, and entered a physical therapy facility. Travis was unable to sing or speak and for more than a year had to rely on a cane to walk following his stroke.

Randy Travis Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be about $32 Million.

Randy Travis Gospel Songs

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 (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. His album, Passing Through was released in November 2004 and included his song about mothers titled “Angels.” 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, 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 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.

  • Three Wooden Crosses
  • Forever and Ever, Amen
  • I Told You So
  • He Walked on Water
  • When Mama Prayed
  • Diggin’ Up Bones
  • Whisper My Name
  • On the Other Hand
  • Deeper Than the Holler
  • Peace in the Valley
  • Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  • Look Heart, No Hands
  • Baptism
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Are You Washed in the Blood
  • Promises
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  • Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart
  • Heroes and Friends
  • 1982
  • If I Didn’t Have You
  • Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man
  • Better Class of Losers
  • He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield
  • No Place Like Home
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Is It Still Over
  • Before You Kill Us All
  • Out of My Bones
  • Are We in Trouble Now
  • Few Ole Country Boys
  • Doctor Jesus
  • Honky Tonk Moon
  • Forever Together
  • Pray for the Fish
  • Point of Light
  • If You Only Knew
  • An Old Pair of Shoes
  • Too Gone Too Long
  • This Is Me
  • Shallow Water
  • The Box
  • Love Lifted Me
  • Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
  • Room at the Cross for You
  • Sweet by and By
  • I Won’t Need You Anymore
  • Through the Fire
  • Shall We Gather at the River
  • O How I Love Jesus
  • Nothing but the Blood

Randy Travis Movies

  • Texas Rangers
  • White River
  • John John In The Sky
  • The Trial Of Old Drum
  • Baby Geniuses
  • The Million Dollar Kid
  • Shooter
  • Black Dog
  • Boys Will Be Boys
  • Fire Down Below
  • John Grisham’s The Rainmaker
  • Annabelle’s Wish
  • Edie & Pen
  • Frank And Jesse
  • Dead Man’s Revenge
  • Young Guns

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