Randy Travis Records for Word

On October 1st, country superstar Randy Travis will release his first album
for Word Records. Titled Rise and Shine, the album will feature thirteen songs of faith, each one performed and six of them co-written
by the celebrated singer.
Titles on Rise and Shine include “Raise Him Up,” “Rise And Shine,” “When Mama Prayed,” “I’m Ready,” “Three
Wooden Crosses,” “That’s Jesus,” “Pray For the Fish,” “Jerusalem’s Cry,” “If You Only Knew,” “Everywhere We
Go,” “The Gift,” “Keep Your Lure in the Water,” and “Valley Of Pain.” From up-tempo celebrations to intimate,
whispered ballads, each track offers a unique statement of belief, conveyed in Travis’s familiar, rawboned yet
expressive style.
“I wanted to record another inspirational CD for several reasons, ” explains Travis. “One being the response from
the first CD, Inspirational Journey. The many letters and calls concerning the effect it had on people’s lives, also
the love for writing and recording a Christian message. And probably the most rewarding is the performance for an
audience that loves the Lord.”
For 16 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 Assn.
Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and ten American Music Awards. Travis also heralds two Dove
Awards, the Gospel Music Association’s highest honor, in the Country Recorded Song category for “Baptism” and
also Bluegrass Album of the Year. Both of these accolades were earned with his Inspirational Journey release on
Warner Bros/Atlantic.
“Witnessing firsthand Randy’s passion for these songs and his faith is truly a remarkable experience,” says Mark
Lusk, senior vice president of marketing and artist development for Word Entertainment. “This album will positively
impact a lot of people and extend our reach as a label.”
Travis comes to Word in part through his association with Word Label Group President Barry Landis. While serving
as Atlantic Christian vice-president and general manager, Landis worked closely with Travis on Inspirational
Journey, a collection of gospel tunes released by Warner Bros./Atlantic in 2000.
Rise and Shine is produced by Kyle Lehning, whose previous credits include Waylon Jennings, Dan Seals, Bryan
White, and Neal McCoy.
Word Records, is a division of Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb Company, and has long been the leading label for
contemporary Christian music.
For further information, contact MPR/Brenda McClain, 615.248.4444.
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