Randy Travis made a special appearance on the Opry stage Saturday night (May 4) to celebrate his 60th birthday. In honor of the big day, Travis fans Charles Esten, Josh Turner, and Charlie Worsham all performed on the Opry singing some of their favorite Travis songs, along with fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Don Schlitz, who wrote or co-wrote a number of Travis’ biggest hits.
At the end of the special evening, Travis joined Schlitz, other performers on the show, and a number of friends and family members to sing his classic, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Following that, the sold-out audience joined in a singalong of “Happy Birthday” to the legend.
The Opry’s flagship radio station 650 AM-WSM and its digital counterpart named Travis their Artist of the Month and marked the Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member’s 60th with a week of special promotions and programming, including Travis’ Opry birthday appearance. More good news, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life will be released on May 14.
Travis signed a Nashville record deal in 1985, became a country music sensation with the release of his landmark album Storms Of Life, and joined the Opry in 1986. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016.
His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 18 No. 1 singles, 29 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit.
Ten of his albums are Gold Records. Eight are Platinum. Two have gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, Randy was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds™ Nashville. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. For more information please visit randytravis.com.
Charles Esten snaps a selfie with Randy Travis and Josh Turner during Travis' birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry.
Photo by Chris Hollo