By Robyn Collins
Country icon and Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis will be honored with Country Radio Seminar’s 2016 Artist Career Achievement Award on June 22.
The award is presented every year to an artist that has significantly contributed to the development and promotion of country music and radio. Josh Turner, who has been compared to Travis many times, will sing a tribute in his honor.
Over his storied career, Travis has released 50 songs that have charted, including 16 number one singles. He has also won multiple times at the CMAs, ACMs, GRAMMYs and AMAs. The singer calls the CRS Award “an honor quite unlike any other.”
“The artist’s and the broadcaster’s relationship is one of unspoken respect,” Travis says in a press release. “I appreciate so much the kindness I have been shown over the years by radio… You have each become a part of my success and allowed my fans an opportunity to know me better—as an artist and as a person. Thank you for believing in me… and in my body of work. It is you which I take my hat off to.”
Travis’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame was announced at the end of March. He appeared at the announcement with his wife, Mary Davis, and was able to say thank you to the attendees. During and after the announcement, Davis noted that her husband’s recovery from a 2013 stroke has been, and continues to be, a series of “giant baby steps.”
“Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed,” Travis wrote in a note following an appearance at the 2015 ACM Awards.” The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me… and I still have a lot to share with you. It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans… my friends, who with God’s amazing grace, have brought me this far.”