It’s been 25 years since Randy Travis released his triple-platinum major-label debut album, “Storms of Life.” But it doesn’t feel like nearly that long for the 52-year-old country music icon from North Carolina.
“It seems like it’s been about that many minutes, maybe,” Travis, who was born Randy Traywick 52 says with a laugh. “I don’t know ... it seems like we’ve been doing this for about five years, maybe. It went so quick, I can’t believe it.
“Y’know, I’d been singing in clubs for a little over 10 years before I got my record deal. This 25 went by a whole lot quicker than that 10 did, I can tell you that.”
In that time, Travis has racked up six platinum or better albums as well as 29 Top 10 country hits — 16 of which went to No. 1. He’s won three Grammys and nine American Music Awards. And he’s commemorating his silver anniversary with an audio party, “Anniversary Celebrations,” a 17-track set of new songs and newly recorded versions of old favorites sung with a who’s who of country guests including Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, the Zac Brown Band and more.
“What a case of characters — some really wonderful, wonderful singers,” Travis says of the album, which was in “the talking stages” for nearly two years. “We figured we’d do a few duets with people, friends I’ve met in the business over the years, maybe re-do a few old songs and do a few new songs.
“We kept on making this wish list, and it kept growing and growing and growing. One day Kyle (Lehning, Travis’ producer) called and said, ‘You have to stop now. If we’re going to finish this album this year, you have to stop.’ It could’ve gone on forever.”
Randy Travis, Josh Turner and Greg Bates perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $15-$39.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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