by Matt Bishop | March 29, 2015
Today it was announced that Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, and Fred Foster are headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. The three country icons, who all hail from North Carolina, will be the 128th, 129th, and 130th inductees into the Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016.
“Each year, the announcement of the new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees is always a cause for celebration,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, in a statement. “This year’s class features three individuals who are revered for their respect of Country Music’s deep traditions, but are equally regarded for forging their own unique paths, taking the industry in new directions, and growing the fan base.”
Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band achieved massive success with their hit single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which earned the band the CMA Award for Single of The Year Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance. Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Randy Travis is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who’s success started with his 1987 album Always and Forever. In addition to winning a Grammy, the record won Album of the Year at the CMA Awards and Travis took him the trophy for Male Vocalist of the Year. Throughout his career, Travis has had 16 No. 1 hits and sold over 25 million albums. Fred Foster is a long-time music industry executive responsible for launching the careers of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, and others.