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American country singer Randy Travis opened the door to young artists who sought to return to the traditional sound of country music. His 1986 album, Storms of Life, landed at No. 1 on the U.S. albums chart.
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In the 1990s, Travis concentrated on an acting career. He won roles in the made-for-TV movies Dead Man's Revenge (1994) and Steel Chariots (1997); and made appearances on some of TV's most popular series, including Touched By an Angel, Fraiser and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Most recently, Travis landed supporting roles in the feature films The Rainmaker (1997), T.N.T. (1998) and The Million Dollar Kid (1999). In addition to his acting efforts,
Travis's music career continued to thrive with the release of Full Circle (1996), You And You Alone (1998) and A Man Ain't Made Out Of Stone (1999).
During his career, Travis unintentionally opened the door for many young artists who sought to return to the traditional sound of country music. Known as a "New Traditionalist," Travis was credited with influencing the future country stars Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Travis Tritt.
In 1991, Travis married his long-time manager Elizabeth Hatcher in a private ceremony on the island of Maui.
In August 2012, a 53-year-old Travis was arrested for drunk driving in Texas. According to a report by ABC News, police were called to the scene by another driver, who witnessed Travis, who was shirtless, and was allegedly taking a nap on the side of the road. The country star had been involved in a single-car accident, according to the report, and when police arrested him on a DWI charge, he received a separate charge of retaliation and obstruction for threatening to shoot and kill officers at the scene.
The singer was taken by officers to the police station, naked (the details of how he became naked are unclear), and was released the following day, after posting a $21,500 bond, according to ABC News.
In July 2013, a 54-year-old Travis made headlines when he was admitted to a Texas hospital after reportedly suffering from complications related to a heart condition. The singer was diagnosed with having congestive heart failure. While undergoing treatment for his condition, Travis suffered a stroke that left him in critical condition.
According to his publicist, Kirt Webster, Travis underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain following his stroke. "His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," Webster said in a statement. The health scare caused the country star to miss at least one scheduled performance, in South Dakota.
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