Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), better known as Randy Travis, is an American country singer and actor. Active since 1985, he has recorded more than a dozen studio albums to date, in addition to charting more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, of which 16 have reached #1. Travis, in addition to singing, holds several acting credits, starting with his television special, “Wind in the Wire,” in 1992. Since then, he has appeared in several movie and television roles, occasionally as himself.
His first six studio releases have all been certified platinum or higher by the RIAA, with the highest-certified being 1987's “Always & Forever” at 5× platinum certification for shipments of five million copies. Four more studio albums, including his first Christmas album, have been certified gold, and his first two Greatest Hits packages are each certified platinum.
Although Travis's first three singles (including two which were credited under his birth name of Randy Traywick) fared poorly, Travis broke through on the country charts in 1985 with the single “1982,” his second release for Warner Bros. Records. After this came a re-release of “On the Other Hand,” becoming his first #1 country hit in 1985. Throughout the 1980s, Travis reached #1 with all but two of his single releases. Some of his chart topping hits include, “On the Other Hand,” “Diggin' Up Bones,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever),” “Too Gone Too Long,” “I Told You So,” “Honky Tonk Moon,” “Deeper Than the Holler,” “Is It Still Over?” and “It's Just a Matter of Time.”
His chart success continued into the mid-1990s, interrupted only by the two single releases from the side project, “Wind in the Wire,” which both missed Top 40.
By 1996, Travis' chart success was waning, with none of the singles from his album, “Full Circle” reaching higher than #24. After this album, he switched to DreamWorks Records, where he charted three straight Top 10 hits from the 1998 album, “You and You Alone.”
After “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man,” however, he again lost chart momentum, and switched his focus to gospel music, signing to the Christian music label Word Records. Except for the #1 hit, “Three Wooden Crosses” in 2003, Travis' Word Records releases have been largely unsuccessful at country radio. In 2009, Travis once again found Top 10 success when Carrie Underwood covered his 1987 hit, “I Told You So,” and re-released it as a duet with him.
Out of Travis's 54 solo singles, 16 have reached #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and 13 more have reached Top 10. His longest-lasting #1, “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1990. Four of his solo singles have also had success on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with the highest being, “Three Wooden Crosses” at #31, although the Carrie Underwood duet reached #9 on the same chart.