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Randy Travis Biography

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

He initially appeared on Billboard's Hot Country Songs list in 1978.[1] His 2014 album was on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. 

Several hits propelled him into the mainstream in the mid-1980s. He appeared in The Rainmaker (1997) and others. 

Randy Travis is largely responsible for modern country music's popularity. 

His entrance sparked the mid-1980s “new country” sales boom. 

Randy Travis was the first country musician to go Platinum and Multi-Platinum with his debut album. 

Both were made possible by his 1986 LP Storms of Life. This milestone recording has sold over three million copies and been nominated for the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album included career-launching songs like “On the Other Hand,” “1982,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “No Place Like Home.” 

Warner Music Nashville is reissuing Storms of Life in a Deluxe Edition for its 35th anniversary. For better sound, its 10 original tracks were remastered.  

Randy Travis started the “new traditionalist” music style with this record. Storms of Life, the ACM's Album of the Year, put him at the forefront of country's youth movement.  

Storms of Life inducted Randy Travis into the Grand Ole Opry in 1986. Other honors included a 2004 Hollywood Walk of Fame star and a 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame induction. 

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