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Randy Travis To Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award

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Legendary country singer Randy Travis is to be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award.

Travis will receive the prestigious award at the 57th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Country Music Awards, which take place on Monday, November 11.

"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," Williams added. "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."

Country Music Hall of Famer Travis holds seven Grammys, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards and three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country Recurrent Airplay chart.

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 Rodney Crowell, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Jackson Browne, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Neil Young, among others.

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