Randy Travis is a popular country music artist who has recorded over 20 albums and 50 hit singles over the course of his career. As of 2015, he has sold over 20 million records worldwide and has had 22 number-one hits. He has also won 10 AMA awards, six Grammy awards, nine ACM awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Travis is considered a pivotal and influential figure in the world of country music.
Randy Travis's real name is Randy Bruce Traywick. He was born on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, North Carolina, to Harold and Bobby Traywick, the second of six children. Randy became interested in country music at a young age and began playing guitar and singing in his local church in 1967, with his father's encouragement.
As a teenager, Randy experimented with drugs and alcohol. He was eventually arrested on numerous occasions for breaking and entering, assault, and other charges, but he narrowly escaped a prison sentence. He spent the next several years attempting to make it in the world of country music, facing numerous rejections from record labels. Finally, he got a record deal and recorded his breakthrough album, "Storms of Life," in 1985, which stayed at number one on the charts for eight weeks and went on to sell over 5 million copies.