Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina), better known as his stage name Randy Travis, is an American country singer, and, specifically one of the most influencing figures of Neotraditional Country.
While growing up, Travis was forced to take guitar lessons by his father, Harold Traywick, and Travis began performing at the age of eight with his brother, Ricky. Travis often fought with his father and soon dropped out of high school. He became a juvenile delinquent and was arrested for various offenses including auto theft and burglary.
Harold Traywick entered Randy and Ricky in a talent contest at a nightclub called "Country City, USA" in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ricky, who also had brushes with the law, was sentenced to jail and Randy had to complete the contest solo, but won anyway. The club's manager, Elizabeth Hatcher, took an interest in Travis and gave him a job singing at the club. Travis began focusing on music. He first recorded for Paula Records and released an unsuccessful single, "She's My Woman."