Country Singers

Country singers may refer to a kind of singer who is involved in the production of music that has elements of both traditional and popular music. Country musicians or singers are thus involved in music that is generally of folk style generally concerning the rural United States or the music inspired by the cow boys of Western America. This genre of country music has its roots in Southern United States, where it originated in the 1920’s and gained worldwide acclaim around the 1940’s. With the development of television, radio and other forms of mass communication devices, country, and music began to be listed to across the world and slowly gained popularity in other countries. In the 21st century, there are many famous and prominent country music singers and even country music bands that are immensely popular among music audiences. Some of the main characteristics of country music include strong instrumental elements that are often complemented by ballads and dance tunes. Here is a list of the famous country music singers. To learn some of the most intriguing and fascinating facts about their lives, scroll down and continue to read their biographies along with trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Multifaceted personality, Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, author and businesswoman and is known mainly for her work in country music. She has received various accolades and awards in her very successful singing career spanning several decades and has composed over 3,000 songs. She has also worked in several movies and is a prolific songwriter.

 2 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

 3 Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: November 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

 4 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

 5 Johnny Cash

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

 6 Barry Gibb

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is known for his versatility. Barry ranks second on the Guinness World Records list of successful songwriters and has gifted his fans cult classics of pop/disco music of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Stayin’ Alive.

 7 LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Two-time Grammy-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes gained fame for her cover of the Bill Mack track Blue at 13. Apart from her multi-platinum debut album, Rimes is also known for the track How Do I Live, which was declared the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard
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 8 John Denver

John Denver
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 1997

John Denver was one of the highest-selling and most popular singers during the 1970s. He was known for folk, pop and country music. Some of his greatest songs are Take Me Home Country Roads, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on My Shoulders and Annie's Song. He died when a plane he was piloting crashed in California.

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 9 Jessie Buckley

Jessie Buckley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish

One of the most popular actresses from Ireland, Jessie Buckley was ranked 38th on Ireland's greatest film actors list published by The Irish Times in 2020. Also known for her singing abilities, Jessie Buckley is a member of the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra. She can also play the piano, clarinet, and harp.

 10 Morgan Wallen

Morgan Wallen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 11 Kane Brown

Kane Brown
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

An American singer and songwriter, Kane Brown first came into prominence as a social media celebrity, thereby inspiring several social media users all over the world. In 2017, he became the first artist whose music peaked at number one positions on all five principal Billboard country charts simultaneously.

 12 Shania Twain

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

Widely regarded as the Queen of Country Pop, Shania Twain is the best-selling female artist in the history of country music, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She is also one of the best-selling music artists ever. According to Billboard, Shania Twain is the 13th Greatest Music Video Female Solo Artist ever.

 13 Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian, British

A singer, actress, businesswoman and activist, Olivia Newton-John is an DBE honouree who has donned on many hats and shined in all of them. Her five Billboard No.1 singles and two Billboard No.1 albums made her a household name. Turning her personal pain into a global mission for cancer awareness, this four-time Grammy winner is truly a symbol of resilience.

 14 Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Carrie Underwood is an American singer-songwriter and one of the best female country music singers of all time. Dubbed Country Music's reigning Queen, Underwood has influenced several other singers, such as Kelsea Ballerini, Lucy Hale, Lauren Alaina, Mollie King, and Danielle Bradbery. In 2014, she was named on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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 15 Linda Ronstadt

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 16 Kenny Rogers

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers was an American singer-songwriter. He is among the best-selling musicians of all-time list, having sold over 100 million records. His songs and albums remain influential among country music lovers. A multi-talented personality, Rogers was also successful as an actor and entrepreneur; he was the co-founder of the Kenny Rogers Roasters chain of restaurants.

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 17 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 18 Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
The Queen of Country Reba McEntire initially performed with the family band the Singing McEntires. She was discovered by Red Steagall and has since delivered 24 number one singles and 16 number one albums. She has won 12 American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist, the highest to date.
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 19 Keith Urban

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander, American

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

 20 Robert Plant

Robert Plant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Regarded as one of the most influential music artists of all time, Robert Anthony Plant was the lead singer and song writer of the extremely successful rock group Led Zeppelin. After the band disbanded, the Grammy award winning artist, with his powerful and wide vocal range, established a successful solo career. He has also collaborated with other artists and bands.

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 21 Billy Ray Cyrus

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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Billy Ray Cyrus’s song Achy Breaky Heart was the first triple-platinum single in Australia. Its music video made the line dance a trend. Billy has eight top-10 Billboard Hot Country charters. His debut album, Some Gave All, spent the longest time by any debut artist on Billboard 200.

 22 Lisa Hartman Black

Lisa Hartman Black
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 23 Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

 24 Christopher Stapleton

Christopher Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 26 Luke Combs

Luke Combs
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Luke Combs is an American singer-songwriter. The two studio albums, which he has released so far, have produced nine number-one songs on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. In his relatively short country music career so far, Luke Combs has had a major impact by winning prestigious awards, such as Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.

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 27 Roy Orbison

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 6, 1988
Six-time Grammy-winner Texan rocker Roy Orbison gained fame with songs such as Oh, Pretty Woman and Drove All Night. His shyness and stage fright made him dye his hair black and wear sunglasses. The "Caruso of Rock" was part of the Traveling Wilburys, along with legends such as Bob Dylan.

 28 Jerry Lee Lewis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.

 29 Jennette McCurdy

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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

An American actress, singer, songwriter, filmmaker, writer, and YouTuber, Jennette McCurdy is truly an inspiration to several young girls and women; despite suffering from conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia, and bulimia, McCurdy has managed to establish herself as a successful entertainer. As a writer, she has contributed immensely to publications like The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Seventeen.

 30 Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 32 Clint Black

Clint Black
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 33 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 34 Loretta Lynn

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Loretta Lynn is an American singer known for her groundbreaking contribution to country music. In a career spanning six decades, she has released multiple gold albums and has won Grammy Award thrice. Apart from being the most decorated female country singer, Loretta is also the only female Academy of Country Music (ACM) Artist of the Decade (the 1970s).

 35 Maren Morris

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Maren Morris is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Many of her songs and albums have performed well on Billboard charts; her album Hero peaked at the fifth position on Billboard 200. As a songwriter, Maren Morris has contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jessie James Decker, and Aubrey Peeples.

 36 Kacey Musgraves

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 37 Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings
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Famous As: Singers
Birthdate: June 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 2002
Waylon Jennings was one of the pioneers of outlaw country music. He began performing on KVOW radio, at age 12, and then performed with several bands, such as The Texas Longhorns, The Waylors, and The Highwaymen. He also contributed to Wanted! The Outlaws, the first platinum country album. 

 38 Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Trisha Yearwood is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, author, and celebrity chef. She is credited with releasing several chart-busting albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. Also known for her philanthropic activities Trisha Yearwood has been supporting Habitat for Humanity, a charity home building group, for many years now.

 39 Sheryl Crow

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 40 Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian folk-rock sensation Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. is best known for his chart-topping tracks such as If You Could Read My Mind and Ribbon of Darkness. He set the tone for the folk-pop genre in the 1960s and 1970s. The 16-time Juno-winner has earned the Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

 41 Glen Campbell

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell was an American TV host, actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. Regarded as one of the most successful musicians ever, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, which included a double-platinum album, four platinum albums, and 12 gold albums, in a career spanning 50 years. In 2014, he became the subject of a documentary titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

 42 Sturgill Simpson

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Sturgill Simpson is an American actor and country music singer-songwriter. Often compared to Waylon Jennings, Simpson has recorded some critically-acclaimed albums, such as Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and A Sailor's Guide to Earth. Sturgill Simpson's journey from being a drug peddler, who experimented with LSD during high school, to becoming a famous musician is quite inspiring.

 43 Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1963

Patsy Cline was an American singer widely regarded as one of 20th century's most influential, celebrated, and respected vocalists. Her singing style helped influence several artists and musical genres. She also helped define the Nashville Sound style associated with country music. She has been a major influence on artists, such as Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt, and Dottie West.

 44 Vince Gill

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 45 Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Faith Hill

Faith Hill
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Country music legend Faith Hill is best known for her hits This Kiss and Breathe. Her track There You'll Be was part of the Pearl Harbor soundtrack. She has won five Grammys and 15 ACM Awards and has appeared in movies such as Dixieland and The Stepford Wives.

 47 Billy Joe Shaver

Billy Joe Shaver
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Country singer Thomas Rhett, son of singer Rhett Akins, has delivered countless chartbusting tracks such as Crash and Burn, Unforgettable, and It Goes Like This. The Grammy-nominated singer has also won honors such as the BMI Award, the Billboard Music Award, and the Academy of Country Music Award.

 50 Randy Travis

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Famous As: Country & Gospel Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Randy Travis is a country music singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded as an important figure in country music history and his debut studio album Storms of Life played a major role in the neotraditional country movement. Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million records and has several prestigious awards under his belt.
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