Randy Travis' Hit Nabs Country Music Award - Song of the Year

( [email protected] ) Nov 12, 2003 09:58 AM EST

Nashville, TN- At the 37th Annual Country Music Association award ceremony, Word Records artist and Country music legend Randy Travis claimed the “Song of the Year” honors for his No.1 radio hit “Three Wooden Crosses.”

"Three Wooden Crosses", from the gold-selling Rise And Shine album, was penned by songwriters Doug Johnson and Kim Williams. "Three Wooden Crosses," also was recently named "Song Of The Year" by The Nashville Songwriters Association. The single achieved No. 1 status at country radio (Billboard, R&R and Music Row charts) earlier this year, an unprecedented achievement by a Christian record label on the Country charts. Travis himself is a five-time CMA Award winner himself, two of which were for "Male Vocalist Of The Year".

"It's been exciting to watch Randy's success story unfold over the past year," says Mark Lusk, senior vice president of marketing and artist development at Word Label Group. "Randy believed in the power of this song from the start and it's wonderful to see so many people impacted by it."

Travis is currently gearing up for his newest Worship And Faith release on November 11th, including both a CD and live DVD. Worship And Faith, the album, is a 20-song collection of beloved worship standards as well as classic hymns. This all-acoustic record captures the bluegrass and country sounds that Travis has built a career on. Songs included are "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "Blessed Assurance", and "How Great Thou Art", as well as "You're Worthy", "Open The Eyes Of My Heart Lord", and "Above All". Worship And Faith, the DVD, was recorded during the CBA Convention 2003 at Calvary Assembly of God church in Orlando, Florida with over 4,000 people in attendance. This live performance by Travis and band showcases songs from Rise And Shine as well as the Worship And Faith album.

For 17 years Travis has been a dominant force in country music. The first country artist to break the multi-platinum sales barrier, he has sold more than 21 million albums and received three GRAMMYS, five Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and 10 American Music Awards. Travis also now heralds three Dove Awards, the Gospel Music Association's highest honor. Travis is also an actor and has appeared in over 20 television movies for TV and theater. He has made a guest appearance on Nickelodeon's "Blues Clues" along with narrating a handful of children's books.