With the renaissance of the neotraditional style of country music which went sought to go back to its roots in terms of vocal styling and instrumentation, there is one name that contributed to this change and that is none other than Randy Travis.
While mainstream country music was being diluted as the years went by, the dawn of Randy’s career established him as a neotraditionalist country music act that brought back the ‘glory days’ of good old country music, and which was well demonstrated in his first album “Storms of Life” released through Warner Bros. selling almost 4 million copies.
But the journey to the top was not been easy as juvenile deliquency in his childhood and outright rejection by almost every record label in Nashville in being ‘too country’ would’ve finished his career prematurely, had it not been for a club manager who went on to be his wife, Lib Hatcher. The 80s saw platinum and multi-platinum album success among a slew of hit singles such as ‘Diggin’ Up Bones’ and ‘No Place Like Home’.
With the 90s, Randy’s success in country music began to decline, and which resulted in him making the crossover to gospel music in the year of 1997. Since then, Randy has only one country hit single “Three Wooden Crosses” to his name but has garnered a large number of Dove awards that signifies his success in gospel music over these years.
And while it’s been almost a decade since he has been recording gospel music, the 2008 album known as ‘Around the Bend’ and his upcoming album titled ‘Duets’ will perhaps, see Randy make his presence felt in the genre that he began his career with no so long ago.