Randy Travis will soon be honored with a prestigious songwriting award.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently announced that the Country Music Hall of Fame member will receive the ASCAP Founders Award at the upcoming 57th annual ASCAP Awards. The legendary entertainer will receive the honor on Monday, November 11 during the exclusive, invitation-only gala in Nashville. A number of special guest performances, which have yet to be announced, will take place during the gala to honor Travis.
“Randy 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.”
According to a press release, 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.” Previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Neil Young (among others).
Randy Travis has been an ASCAP member for nearly four decades. The longtime Grand Ole Opry member recently announced plans to embark on his first tour since 2013 with the help of fellow country singer James Dupré. Click HERE for additional information on The Music of Randy Travis Tour.