Travis Tritt Biography

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Travis Tritt was born on February 9,1963 in Marietta,Georgia to James Tritt, a bus driver and former farmer, and Gwen Tritt, bookkeeper and homemaker.

He fell in love with music as a child, teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight and beginning to write songs when he was 14. Travis was determined to have a musical career, but his parents didn't encourage him to follow his instincts. His mother didn't mind that he wanted to perform, but she wanted him to sing gospel (his first musical performances were made in children's choir at First Assembly Church of God); his father was afraid there was no money in singing. When he was 18, he tried to settle down, work and have a family but he was unsuccessful -- he was married and divorced twice before he was 27. He continued to play music while working various jobs, including one at an air-conditioning company. The company's vice-president was a guitarist who gave up hopes of a musical career and he urged Tritt to follow his dreams. Travis quit his job and began pursuing a career full-time.

In 1982, Tritt began his pursuit by recording a demo for a promotion man, who happened to be an executive at Warner Brothers. For the next several years, Travis recorded demos while he played the honky tonk circuit. The singer was developing a distinctive sound, adding elements of country-rock and Southern rock to his honky tonk.

Part way through in 1989, Warner Brothers' Nashville division signed Tritt and his debut album, Country Club, appeared in the stores in the spring of 1990. Their investment paid dividends immediately as Tritt's first single, Country Club (Windows Media Player), which still ranks among his top-selling singles, went Top 10 on the charts in 1989. The album Country Club came out in 1990, and songs like Put Some Drive In Your Country earned Tritt a reputation as a country singer with one foot in rock.

Despite his success, the Nashville music industry was hesitant to embrace Tritt. His music and stage show owed too much to rock & roll, and his image didn't conform with the behatted legions of new male singers. Nevertheless, Travis had a breakthrough success with his second album, 1991's It's All About To Change. Prior to its release, he had hired manager Ken Kragen, who also worked with Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, and We Are the World. Kragen helped market Tritt in a way that appealed to both country fans and a mass audience, sending It's All About To Change into multi-platinum territory.

T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Tritt's third album, was released in 1992. Although it didn't match the success of It's all About to Change ,it had the number one single Can I Trust You With My Heart (Windows Media Player) and went Gold. Travis bounced back to form in 1994 with Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof, which went Platinum, spawned the number one single Foolish Pride, and marked his highest position, number 20, on the pop charts. His 1995 compilation Greatest Hits -- From the Beginning went platinum within six months of its November release.

As he was becoming one of country music's most recognizable voices, Tritt was also becoming one of the genre's most visible entertainers. He won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1991 and won a Grammy in 1993 for his work with Marty Stuart. That partnership led to several chart-topping hits, as well as the acclaimed "No Hats" tour in 1992.

A part in the 1993 made-for-TV movie Rio Diablo led to feature film work in The Cowboy Way and Sgt. Bilko. Tritt also had a role in HBO's Tales From The Crypt, performed in the Atlanta area for a Disney concert special titled Coming Home, and provided half-time entertainment for a half-billion people at 1993's Super Bowl. The Rhythm, Country & Blues album, produced by Don Was, found Tritt singing with Patti LaBelle and he reunited The Eagles on the video shoot for Take It Easy from the Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles album. Tritt released a holiday album in 1992, A Travis Tritt Christmas: Loving Time Of The Year. His autobiography, Ten Feet Tall And Bulletproof, was released in conjunction with the album of the same name in 1994.

On his next album, The Restless Kind, Tritt decided not to use long-time producer Gregg Brown, instead sharing production duties himself with master producer Don Was and the two opted to go for a more traditional country sound, getting back to Tritt's musical roots. The result was a record that captures an artist at the peak of his creative powers, while keeping a personal and friendly feel. Among the many memorable performances were More Than You'll Ever Know and Where Corn Don't Grow.

Tritt wrote or co-wrote five songs for No More Looking Over My Shoulder, his next release (with Stewart Harris, Bruce Ray Brown and fellow Grammy-winners Gary Baker and Frank J. Myers as his collaborators). Rising country star Michael Peterson, co-writing with Craig Wiseman, contributed the album's title cut. Bowing to his rock 'n' roll impulses, Tritt covered two songs written by Bruce Springsteen and Jude Cole. The remaining all-star writers on the album are J. P. Pennington and Les Taylor (of Exile fame), Larry Cordle (who wrote the Ricky Skaggs' hit, "Highway 40 Blues") and Leslie Satcher (composer of Pam Tillis' "I Said A Prayer").

The plaintive and heartfelt ballad, If I Lost You, was the first single from the new package. It also served as the soundtrack for the final music video in the trilogy that features Tritt as wounded war veteran Mac Singleton. "The first video, Anymore, dealt with the friendship of two injured Vietnam vets, Mac and Al," Travis says. "The second, Tell Me I Was Dreaming, concentrated on Mac and his pregnant wife, Annie, who is accidentally killed. But the baby, Annie, is saved. The third follows the story of Mac and Annie."

Most songs are written first and the concept for the video follows. "This was just the opposite," Travis says. "The other videos were so poignant and had such a strong message that I started thinking about what would Mac be doing right now? What kind of life would he have? I kept getting this picture of him watching Annie, now 5. I saw him thinking, 'I've lost the use of my legs. I've lost my wife. I've lost belief in myself. I've lost so many things in my life and I've learned to come to grips with all that. But I've built everything around you, Annie. There's no way in the world I could live if I lost you.'

Two more singles, No More Looking Over My Shoulder and Start The Car, followed. In the summer of 1999, after 10 years with the label, Travis asked to be released from Warner Bros. records citing the need for a change. The parting was amicable and Travis has since been pursuing several of his many interests besides music (participating in an unbelievably successful series of Radiothons with other country stars to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, as well as acting in a couple of TV shows: Touched By An Angel on CBS and Arli$$ for HBO).

Travis also spent some quality time at home in 1999 with his beautiful wife, Theresa, and their adorable children, Tyler and Tristan.

Recently, Travis signed a new record deal with SONY Nashville, allowing him to continue putting out the kind of music that has made Travis one of the most loved and respected musicians in the music business. When that happens, the road can't be far away and, once again, thousands of crazed fans will congregate in venues across America and the world to scream.

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Matt from Durango, CO. | Reviewer: M Beeman | 9/23/13

Travis came to our small town last Friday night. I haven't seen him in 20 years and he still puts on a great show. I have been a fan of his since "Country Club". I am glad he has settled down and has a family now. Now he knows what true happiness is. God Bless you Travis Tritt I wish you the best.

concert | Reviewer: deb | 9/16/12

travis you played in lima ohio on 9-15 2012 you were so awesome truley you really enjoy pleasing the crowd and u did just that i will continue to follow you hope u play in our area in the following future thank you with all my heart

The songs that had to do with the Annie storyline. | Reviewer: Joy Beck | 4/26/12

I have really enjoyed your music over the years,especially the storyline of Annie. So i'm trying to find out if i have the songs in the right order. 1st is: Anymore, than the 2nd is: Tell Me I Was Dreaming, than last is: If I lost You. I really enjoy that storyline.

ENCORRRRRRRRRRRE!!!!! MAGNIFICO!!!! BRAVOOOO!!!! | Reviewer: TOM | 11/23/11



Miss you Travis | Reviewer: Julie | 11/1/11

Travis please come to Canada. I have loved your music since your first album and I have all of them. I even convinced my daughter to name her baby after you. Anyways come to Canada (Calgary) and I will come and see you in concert again. God Bless you and your family.

Missing U | Reviewer: Barbara Haug | 9/4/11

Travis, I don't know what has happened to U .
My huasband and I love YOUR music,and your performaces,we miss you and hope soon to hear and see you perform again.
I have heard on different Christian stations someone who sounds like U, but never heard your name.Could that possibly be you? If not, he sure was Bless by God with the voice he has,because like YOU ,he has one wonderful voice. We MISS U "TRAVIS".

Inspired through your soul | Reviewer: Bobbie rice | 1/22/11

Travis,I love all your songs,you have sucha wounderful gift.I can defintely relate to your songs.Your songs you sing with thhe beautiful rythum is free flowing about life situations,we can all relate to.My first church was Sheffield Assembly of God church,I can feel the Inspriation of your soul when you sing your songs.Your songs bring truth and light to your soul and to others.My boyfriend is a big fan and has alot of your songs.He has shared them with me and I love them I can feel the warmth of you soul.I love writting poetry with the simiular life events I have experienced myself, you sing about in your songs.I want to say your awsome you have a special ability.THANK YOU for sharing your wounderful gift.

need to see and hear from you more | Reviewer: elice | 8/26/10

I have been fortunate enough to see Travis twice in concert. As anyone who has seen him in concert, my goodness, what a show!!
I am so happy that he is settled down and happy, I haven't forgotten his success and wonderful diversity and ability as an artist and songwriter. Some of the videoes were the most poignant out there.
So Travis, we'd love to see more of you, you certainly rock as a performer. Maybe you and Marty ought to pair up again!
Nevertheless, much happiness,professionally and personally.

Awesome Entertainer | Reviewer: Sandra Lori Allan | 7/25/10

I just saw Travis at The Thunder Bay Auditorium lastnight and I thought his concert was awesome! He has been an ultimate favorite of mine in country music, and I was impressed at how down to earth his personality was,along with his wonderful voice and music! I would definately want to see another of his concerts and hope one day to talk with him in person :) Keep up the great music Travis! :)God Bless!

New Hamphsire brampton beach casino, july 17 2010 | Reviewer: nicole leblanc | 7/20/10

OMG Travis being my idle country singer, since he started singing, doing tours etc. I was so happy to see him in person last july 17 2010 at the hampton beach casino in new hampshire. I'm from new-brunswick a small town called grand-falls, how i would be very please to see travis coming to grand-falls for a concert. I love all of his song and bought all of his cd's. I would like one day to talk to him in person that i could shake a very traditional man, because i'm a country girl too. so travis if you read this e-mail, i wish that you could answer me back. love all of your music. e-mail on july 20, 2010.

Barbara | Reviewer: Barbara | 7/2/10

I am getting ready to see Mr.Tritt on July 8th.I already know he will be wonderful. I just wanted to thank him for being such a GREAT entertainer.
Also for helping keep a relationship between myself and my sister,you are our common intrest. God Bless you and thank you

Travis Tritt at Mavericks in Jacksonville, FL | Reviewer: Roberta Denzie | 8/22/09

I saw Travis Tritt in Jacksonville, Florida on August 16, 2009, and he was great. He was up close and personal - just his guitar and him. I had always liked him but I really loved him after that. He inspired me to continute on with my quest for music. Roberta

Greatttt Performer | Reviewer: melanie | 12/18/08

Travis is a wonderful singer and performer.I have been a big fan of his since his first album and will always love his music.I am from the same county that he is from and am proud to be from the same neck of the wood as he is.

I was at the watermelon festival, Travis was awesome | Reviewer: Casey Raynor | 10/23/08

To the person who wrote the review of Travis being drunk, you must of been the one drunk! Travis put on an amazing show and was the fourth time I've seen him. He played for 2 hours and twenty minutes!!! No one else does that, your just a dumbass. The whole field was packed with people and everyone loved the show.

The Storm | Reviewer: Colleen J. Courtoreille | 8/7/08

I listened to Travis's latest CD and I must say "he's still got it..." This CD is a must buy for all of "us" Travis Tritt fans...whih I plan to do. My only hope and wish is that one day soon I am able to see him live and in Concert!! That is my one and only wish for ME here in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
#1 Travis Tritt fan always!

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