Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster Are Country Music Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016
March 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM (PT)
Inductees for the 2016 class of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME include RANDY TRAVIS in the Modern Era category; CHARLIE DANIELS in the Veteran Era category; and FRED FOSTER in the Non-Performer category. The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) announced the 2016 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME inductees TODAY (3/29) during a ceremony at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM (CMHOF)'s rotunda. Country legend BRENDA LEE was on hand to announce the inductees.
Inductions were made in the following three categories: Modern Era, Veterans Era, and Non-Performer. Candidates are considered eligible for induction to the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME into the Modern Era category twenty years after they first achieve National prominence and into the Veteran Era category forty years after they first achieve National prominence.
"I marvel at the contributions of these three pathfinders who make up the class of 2016 COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME inductees," said CMHOF CEO KYLE YOUNG. "FRED FOSTER, CHARLIE DANIELS, and RANDY TRAVIS came along in different eras and specialized in different things, but they each arrived with inventive, highly individualistic creative approaches. They ran against the grain of history, and in so doing they created their own indelible, historic marks."
Modern Era inductee RANDY TRAVIS is known for his heartfelt Country and Gospel songs. He began gaining attention in the 1980s and went on to have 16 #1 hits, sell more than 25 million albums, win seven career GRAMMYs, and have a successful acting career. TRAVIS is known for hits such as "On The Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "Three Wooden Crosses," and many more. TRAVIS' career was put on hold in 2013 when he suffered from a stroke (NET NEWS 7/11/13).
Veteran Era inductee CHARLIE DANIELS formed the CHARLIE DANIELS BAND in the early 1970s, after meeting JOY BYERS and co-writing "It Hurts Me," recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY. DANIELS is most known for his hit, "The Devil Went Down To GEORGIA," a song which became a cultural phenomenon. The multi-instrumentalist continues to create music and perform, and in 2015 released, "Live at BILLY BOB'S TEXAS," an album featuring WILLIE NELSON, MERLE HAGGARD, RANDY ROGERS BAND, and more.
Non-Performer inductee FRED FOSTER is known for his career as a producer and MONUMENT RECORDS label owner. He brought MONUMENT RECORDS to NASHVILLE from WASHINGTON, D.C. in 1960 and signed ROY ORBISON, who went on to have hits including, "Only The Lonely," "In Dreams," "Running Scared," and many more. FOSTER also helped launch the careers of fellow COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME inductees KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, DOLLY PARTON, and WILLIE NELSON, among others. FOSTER, now 84, sold MONUMENT and his publishing house COMBINE MUSIC in 1990, but he has continued to produce music, including WILLIE NELSON and RAY PRICE's "Last of a Breed," for which he won a GRAMMY in 2008.
The induction ceremonies for TRAVIS, DANIELS, and FOSTER will be held at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM in the CMA THEATER later this YEAR during an invitation-only medallion ceremony. Details of that ceremony will be revealed at a later date. For additional information, visit the CMHOF website.