New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Amid a galaxy of country music stars gathered in downtown Nashville for its annual awards shows, industry VIPs will celebrate one of the brightest when Country Music
Hall of Fame member Randy Travis
receives the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 57th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music
Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most-performed country songs of 2018, takes place on Monday, November 11 and will include special guest performances to honor Travis.
is the seminal country artist of a generation," said ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams. "His meteoric rise to the top of the country charts was fueled by that unmistakable baritone and a talent for traditional country music that spoke to everyone. As a new artist, Randy garnered international attention at a time when such exposure for country artists was reserved for an iconic few. His music and devotion to classic country sounds are a cornerstone in the genre and it is an honor to present him with this year's Founders Award."
The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include Rodney Crowell, George
Strait, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Jackson Browne, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty
and Neil Young, among others.
An ASCAP member for almost four decades, North Carolina-born Randy Travis
is an unsuspecting trendsetter who influenced the future of country music. With more than 25 million albums sold, he has collected every major music award including seven Grammys, 11 Academy of Country Music
Awards, 10 American Music
Awards, eight Dove Awards, five Country Music
Association awards and two People's Choice Awards. Travis
has racked up 22 #1 singles including signature hits like "On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Diggin' Up Bones" and "I Told You So," "Look Heart, No Hands," and "Whisper My Name."
By the early '90s, Travis
was earning roles in major motion pictures and television series including multiple episodes of Touched by An Angel. By the turn of the century, he focused on gospel music, immediately scoring a #1 Christian and country hit, "Three Wooden Crosses."
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986, Travis
was inducted to the Country Music
Hall of Fame in 2016 and has been honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Music
City Walk of Fame in Nashville. The Music
of Randy Travis
Tour begins on October 16 in Indianapolis, with guest vocalist James
Dupré and Travis's longtime touring band Steve Hinson, Dave Johnson, Lance Dary, Bill Cook, Joe Van Dyke and Herb Shucher, rejoining "Hoss," as they affectionately call Travis, on the road for the first time since his stroke in 2013.