Randy Travis, Dolly Parton and Janie Fricke via People/Luke Myszka
All celebrities are easily available for the incessant yet commonplace "media blitz" – whether it be positive or negative. With the advent of the Internet and social media, the mere wink of an eye is reported as major news and spreads as if it were a raging California wildfire. One subject of such a recent example is one whom is widely considered a king of country music. The man who marked a potent generational shift in the genre in the 1980s, progressing into the 2000s as a bonafide legend. That man is the legendary Randy Travis. A bonafide religious zealot and inspiration to everyone who hears his lyrics and verbal sermon, Randy has represented more than just the "one hit wonder" on the musical scene. He has successfully produced a song that touches every aspect of one's life whether it is a downfall, a celebration, family memories, sickness, praise of The Lord, regret, or uprising success. And after a courageous battle with unforeseen illness, the legend had just celebrated his 55th birthday on May 4, 2014. With the steadfast support of his significant other Mary by his side, Randy continues to rise above opposition as he always has. The naysayers who claimed his voice was too country for mainstream. The selective media who claimed him to be "old hat" before Three Wooden Crosses ripped the country scene to shreds in 2001, seemingly going on an "awards show tour".