Country artist Travis Tritt seems to sing a wide range of music. Can you tell me something about his career as a singer?
—George C., Louisiana
The singer and songwriter has had 12 Number 1 hits, two Grammy awards, three Country Music Association awards, and sold more than 18 million albums. Born in Marietta, Ga., Tritt taught himself how to play guitar at age 8 and began writing songs when he was 14. He sang in a gospel youth choir and played in bands as a teenager. A friend who had wanted to be a musician encouraged Tritt to follow his dreams and Tritt quit his job and struggled with music, finally signing a record deal. His first Top 10 hit was Country Club. Tritt, 40, has had songs on nine major movie soundtrack albums and has had acting roles on television and in movies. He took a two-year hiatus from music in 1998 to spend time with his wife, Theresa, and their new daughter. (They have since added a son to their family.) Tritt returned in 2000 with the million-selling album Down the Road I Go. He recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His latest album, Strong Enough, was released last September.