Before inking a major deal, Randy Travis had been denied by almost every single record label in Nashville.
The companies cited him as being "too country" in the demo tapes he presented them with.
His manager, Lib Hatcher, took a job as a manager at a local nightclub called The Nashville Palace. There, Randy worked as a cook and often sang.
During his time there, he recorded a live album under a new name (Randy Ray), Live at the Nashville Palace. It was this record that Hatcher used to help convince Warner Bros. that they needed to sign him.
With that, Randy Travis landed his first major recording contract and was able to become the amazing artist we know and love today!
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