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Travis Tritt Biography

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Birth Name: James Travis Tritt
Born: 1963/02/09
Birth Place: Marietta, Georgia, USA
Years Active: 1989-present
Genres: Country

James Travis Tritt (born February 9, 1963 in Marietta, Georgia) is a Grammy award-winning American country music artist and occasional actor, commonly known as Travis Tritt.

Tritt signed to Warner Bros. Nashville division in 1987. Tritt's contract with Warner Bros. was a singles contract, meaning that he was signed to record six songs, and three of them would be released as singles. According to the contract, he would not be signed on for a full album unless one of the three singles became a hit.

His first single was "Country Club." Recorded in late 1988 and released in September 1989, the song spent 26 weeks on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, peaking at #9. It was the title track to his 1990 debut album “Country Club,” produced by Gregg Brown. Second single "Help Me Hold On" became his first #1 single in 1990. The album's third and fifth singles, "I'm Gonna Be Somebody" and "Drift Off to Dream," respectively peaked at #2 and #3 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. "Put Some Drive in Your Country," which was released fourth, peaked at #28 on the Hot Country Songs chart. “Country Club” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in July 1991, and double-platinum in 1996. In 1990, he won the Top New Male Artist award from Billboard

In 1991, Tritt released his second album, “It's All About to Change.” The album went on to become his best-selling, with a triple-platinum certification from the RIAA. All four of its singles reached the Top 5 on the country singles chart. "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" and the Marty Stuart duet "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," both reached #2, with the #1 "Anymore" in between. "Nothing Short of Dying" was the fourth single, with a peak at #4. "Bible Belt," another cut from the album (recorded in collaboration with Little Feat), appeared in the 1992 film “My Cousin Vinny.” Although not released as a single, it peaked at #72 country based on unsolicited airplay and was the b-side to "Nothing Short of Dying." Stuart and Tritt won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'.” Tritt and Stuart charted a second duet, "This One's Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)," which went to #7 in mid-1992 and appeared on Stuart's album “This One's Gonna Hurt You.” This song won the 1992 CMA award for Vocal Event of the Year.

In 1992 Tritt released the album “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” Its first single was "Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man," a song written by Kostas. This song, which featured backing vocals from Brooks & Dunn, T. Graham Brown, George Jones, Little Texas, Dana McVicker, Tanya Tucker and Porter Wagoner, peaked at #4. Its follow-up, "Can I Trust You with My Heart," became Tritt's third country #1 in early 1993. The album featured an additional three singles, the title track (a cover of an Elvis Presley song) peaked at #13, followed by "Looking Out for Number One" at #11 and "Worth Every Mile" at #30. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” became the second album of his career to achieve double-platinum certification.

One month after the release of “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Tritt issued a Christmas album titled “A Travis Tritt Christmas: Loving Time of the Year,” for which he wrote the title track. He also joined the Grand Ole Opry, and filled in for Garth Brooks at a performance on the American Music Awards. By year's end, Tritt and several other artists appeared on George Jones's "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair," which won all artists involved the next year's CMA Vocal Event of the Year award.

In early 1994, after "Worth Every Mile" fell from the charts, Tritt charted at #21 with a cover of the Eagles' "Take It Easy.” He recorded this song for the tribute album “Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles” which featured country music artists' renditions of Eagles songs.

His fourth album, “Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof,” was released in May 1994. Its lead single, "Foolish Pride,” went to #1, and the fourth single, "Tell Me I Was Dreaming," reached #2. Other singles released between these songs were the title track which peaked at #22 and "Between an Old Memory and Me" which peaked at #11. The album included guest vocals from Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, Jr. on the cut "Outlaws Like Us." The album achieved platinum certification in December of that year, and later became his third double-platinum album.

1995's “Greatest Hits: From the Beginning” included most of his singles to that point, as well as two new cuts, the Steve Earle composition "Sometimes She Forgets" and a cover of the pop standard "Only You (And You Alone).” The former was a Top 10 hit at #7, while the latter spent only eight weeks on the country charts and peaked at #51. “Greatest Hits” was certified platinum.

In April 1996, Tritt and Stuart charted a third duet, "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best," which appeared on Stuart's album of the same name and peaked at #23 on the country chart. The song won both artists that year's Country Music Association award for Vocal Event, Tritt's third win in this category.

Tritt charted at #3 in mid-1996 with "More Than You'll Ever Know," the first single from his fifth album, “The Restless Kind.” Unlike his previous albums, all of which were produced by Gregg Brown, Tritt produced “The Restless Kind” with Don Was. The album accounted for one more Top 10 hit, a cover of Waylon Jennings's "Where Corn Don't Grow," which Tritt took to #6 in late 1996. This song's chart run overlapped with that of "Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture)," a novelty release combining snippets of comedian Bill Engvall's "Here's Your Sign" routines with a chorus sung by Tritt. "Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture)" peaked at #29 on the country chart and #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, accounting for Tritt's first entry on the Hot 100.

In 1998, he and several other artists contributed to Stuart's "Same Old Train," a cut from the collaborative album “Tribute to Tradition.” The song charted at #59 on Hot Country Songs and won Tritt his second Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. He also performed on Frank Wildhorn's concept album of the musical “The Civil War,” singing the song "The Day the Sun Stood Still.”

By year's end, Tritt also released his final Warner Bros. album, “No More Looking over My Shoulder.” It was led off by the ballad "If I Lost You," which peaked at #29 on the country chart and #86 on the Hot 100. Michael Peterson co-wrote and sang backing vocals on the title track, which went to #38 country in early 1999. The album's third and final single was a cover of Jude Cole's "Start the Car" which peaked at #52.

Late in 1999, Tritt recorded a cover of Hank Williams's "Move It On Over" with George Thorogood for the soundtrack to the cartoon “King of the Hill.” This cut peaked at #66 country.

Soon after leaving Warner Bros. Records, Tritt signed to Columbia Records and released the album “Down the Road I Go” in 2000. He produced the album with Billy Joe Walker, Jr. The album's first release was "Best of Intentions," his fifth #1 country hit. It was also his most successful entry on the Hot 100, where it reached #27. The next two singles, "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" and "Love of a Woman," both peaked at #2 on the country chart in 2001, followed by "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" at #8. All three songs also crossed over to the Hot 100. Tritt wrote or co-wrote seven of the album's songs, including "Best of Intentions," and collaborated with Charlie Daniels on two of them.

In September 2002, Tritt released his second album on Columbia Records, “Strong Enough.” Its first single was "Strong Enough to Be Your Man" (an answer song to Sheryl Crow's 1993 single "Strong Enough") which reached #13. The only other release was "Country Ain't Country," which peaked at #26 on the country charts.

Tritt's tenth studio album, “My Honky Tonk History,” was released in 2004. This album included three charting singles, "The Girl's Gone Wild" at #28, followed by the John Mellencamp duet "What Say You" at #21 and "I See Me" at #32. Other songs on the album included a cover of Philip Claypool's "Circus Leaving Town" and songs written by Gretchen Wilson, Benmont Tench and Delbert McClinton.

Tritt exited Columbia in July 2005, citing creative differences over “My Honky Tonk History,” and signed to the independent Category 5 Records in February 2006, serving as the label's flagship artist. Tritt released his first single for Category 5 in May 2007, a cover of the Richard Marx song "You Never Take Me Dancing." It was included on his only album for Category 5, “The Storm,” which “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson produced. The album featured a more rhythm and blues influence than Tritt's previous works. "You Never Take Me Dancing" peaked at #27 on the country charts. A second single, "Something Stronger Than Me," was released in October, but it did not chart.