Before we knew him as Randy Travis, he played and recorded music using the stage name Randy Ray.
He first moved to Nashville in 1982 and was rejected by every record label you could think of. He got a job at the Nashville Palace as a cook to support his dreams of being country music's next big star.
Not long after he arrived, Randy Ray recorded an independent album called Live at the Nashville Palace and it included his self-written love song, "I Told You So". The song became a local hit and the album helped secure him a recording deal at Warner Brothers Records.
He re-recorded "I Told You So" for his album, Always & Forever, his second with the new record label. After being released as a single, the song quickly reached the top spot on the Billboard country charts.
This rare video of Randy singing his iconic hit "I Told You So" five years before he recorded it is truly a gem. It begins with video of him working in the kitchen and is followed by an incredible performance of the song we love so much.
Thank goodness for Randy's resilience and determination or else we would have never known who he was, and that would be a tragedy.
Watch his incredible performance below.
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