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   By Leah Brungardt, All Access Music Group

 Two-time GRAMMY nominated RCA/Inspiration recording artist Travis Greene kick offs 2018 with a U.S. tour beginning February 18 through March 1. Launching at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, the tour will hit Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta.

  Greene recently reached #1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart for his song, "You Waited," marking his third consecutive #1 single. Greene's current album, Crossover: Live From Music City, also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

  Greene, who launched his recording career with The More in 2007 - shares fresh material with eager audiences in Crossover: Live From Music City, for longtime and new fans alike to partake in an experience that captures the artist's passion, excitement and charisma onstage -- and his ability to reach hearts with the gospel through music.

  Greene has been nominated for two career GRAMMY Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, 13 Stellar Awards, three Dove Awards and one Soul Train Award. At the 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, he won in seven key categories, including "Song of the Year" (for Made A Way, which also hit #1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart), "Male Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year (The Hill, which also reached #1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart)," "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," "Recorded Music Packaging of the Year" and "Praise and Worship CD of the Year."
  In 2016, Billboard named him "Gospel Airplay Artist of the Year."

  Travis received a 2018 GRAMMY nomination for ďBest Gospel AlbumĒ for Crossover: Live From Music City. The upcoming 60th GRAMMYģ award ceremony will take place on January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

  Travis explains, ďAm I dreaming? This is so surreal. I am truly grateful to be recognized again, for simply doing what I love. All Iíve ever wanted to do is make a difference through music. I poured my heart into this album ĎCrossover,í and itís an honor to know that it has touched so many.Ē

Where does this interview find you?
Is there music playing in the background?
If so, what is it? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?
What is a song you are loving these days?

  Very interesting questions. Currently there is no music playing in the background. Because my life is so fast and so loud, I actually enjoy silence. I donít listen a lot of music.
  If I do need to get in a good mood I listen to Bethel Music or Hillsong United and it broadens my perspective on whatever Iím facing and it shows how big God is and how little my problems are.
  Thereís a song that Bethel just released written by Cory Asbury called Reckless Love and thatís been a song I keep on repeat.

Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time where you thought of doing something
completely different?

  Music is all I ever wanted to do. I had a love and passion for it at a young age. I was awestruck by musicians and anyone with musical talent growing up. Just always thought it looked cool and something I wanted to do.

  My earliest memory is attending a John Pee Kee concert when I was 12. He called and gave me a microphone and allowed me to sing his song ďShow UpĒ. That was about 21 years ago.

  I thought I would go to the NBA until I stopped growing. That ended that dream pretty quickly (laughing)
Overall, how do you think 2017 has been for you and music career? What are you most excited about for in 2018? Do you think you will make any New Yearís Resolutions?
2017 has been a year of expansion and unbelievable favor and seeing and experiencing this a I can only dream of. The platform because larger especially international. In 2018 Iím looking forward to my first domestic tour. Iím really really excited about that. Itís something Iíve always wanted to do. For New Years resolution, every top of the year I take a stab at eating cleaner and working out more.
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. Show do you think your hometown and current home has affected you and your music today?
I grew up primarily in a city called Columbus, GA and from there Warner Robins, GA. The neighborhoods were on opposite sides of the spectrum. One was very urban and the other was very rural.
Being from those two places have allowed me to adapt and helped me be internally diversified. Given me an edge to let me gifts to flow no matter where I am.

Congrats on your Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Album for your collection, ďCrossover: Live From Music CityĒ! This marks your third career Grammy nomination so I am curious to know does it feel just as exciting and thrilling each time?
Absolutely! Every time its breathtaking. Thereís nothing like the first time. Itís something you donít get used to. Iím very honored to be highlighted by so many people.
When you were putting together, ďCrossover: Live From Music City,Ē did you feel that it was a special project and some of your best work? Can you talk about the process of putting together this collection? Were there any unexpected challenges or surprises about it all?
This process was a little different from the last. Iíve evolved as a writer, singer performer and a father. A lot in my life has changed. The music flows from that and the state that I am around the time that I was putting together the album. I felt very good about the album early on. Iím my worst critic. My motto is I never want any skipped tracks Ė I want every song to mean something to the listener.
I was very excited about this project. The production quality is increasingly better; we tried to be a bit edgier and more mainstream than your typical gospel music. I wanted it to flow, but yet I wanted it to have versatility. I wanted it to hit you in different moods and penetrate your heart.
While this may be difficult, can you pick out a few of your favorite songs from this album and talk about how they were created? How did they go from being just ideas in your head to full blown songs on this collection?
Ouch! Thatís really tough. Picking my favorite songs. I would say (long silence) it depends. Because Iím so invested in the process of writing and production i have different songs for different things. I have favorite songs that are my favorite lyrically, in production, I enjoy performing the most. Lyrically would be ďInstrumentĒ. I love the approach of it Ė itís very poetic. I like the metaphors throughout the song. My favorite song to perform is ďSee the LightĒ. Itís a song of hope. Itís fun to perform and itís very energetic and I have a lot of energy.
Production wise, ďDaddyís HomeĒ. I knew in my mind where I wanted to go with it, which was kind of a blue grass feel but yet still a urban production. Thereís something really unique about the music God allows me to do. The marriage of genres and the collision of different melodic forms, instruments and sounds.
How do you think that you have grown as an artist since your first release in 2007? Do you think that what motivates you to make music year after year has changed at all? If so, how has it changed?
I think as an artist I have grown a lot. God has expanded my gifts from writing to producing to singing and performing. Iíve seen more, so that goes into my well if inspiration. the miracles in my family, traveling the world and really seeing that heís not just a God of America. My worldview Ė all of those things have contributed to my evolution as a person and an artist.
My motivation is the same. To glorify the name of Jesus and lift him up. I have no personal ambitions except to do what He has caused me to do.
What do you think of the evolution of Gospel music? How do you think it has changed since you have been making this music? What do you have of other Gospel artists out there today? Do you find that the younger gospel artists are changing the game at all?
I think the gospel genre has evolved and is evolving. We are becoming bolder in our expressions. That is, we are taking more musical liberties and risk, and breaking the box of tradition. Iím happy to be a part of that. Not that it hasnít been done in the past, but I think a lot of people in the past bore the the criticism to be able to pave a road for people like myself and Todd Delaney and Jonathan McReynolds and many others. Contrary to the past when you had a rebel like Kirk Franklin or Fred Hammond of John Pee Kee to now, it was almost like one guy would rise up and push the envelope for a decade at a time, but now there isnít one Kirk for the generation; instead there are multiple artists willing to expand and push the genre of gospel beyond what it was.
I understand that you are kicking off 2018 with a US tour. Where are you really looking forward to playing at? Will this be the first time that you have performed at any of these venues?
I think it will be my first time performing at most of the venues, but not my first time in the cities. Thereís not many cities in America I havenít had the privilege playing in. I have a reason to be excited to play in each city as I have family or friends or something that has happened historically to me in each city.
What do you think of social media today and the importance of it for artists now? Do you find that itís hard to keep up with it all?
Social media today is everything. I think there has to be a balance. Anything that you donít control, controls you. So I think the balance is understanding the benefit of t hut not becoming an addiction of it. Itís necessary to keep up with. I only know how to use about three sites. I have a great management team that keeps up on everything and keeps me on the cutting edge in music and technology
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? How do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these difficult times?

I think the power of music is that itís a universal language. It doesnít matter whether youíre in a remote village or populated city. The rhythm of music can change your mood and get you smiling and get you dancing. Sometimes you donít even know hope has stirred in your heart until the song is ending. In a dark world, instead of complaining or confirming to whatís around why Iím called to do is to engage against it and move upstream to be the voice of change?
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
There are a few people that Iíd love that I will never have the opportunity to work or perform with such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. They are both individuals that I have admired for a long time.
Alive? Most of my favorite heroes Iíve been able to work with. I would also still love to be a fly on the wall and watch Kirk Franklin work because I like the way his kind works in production. But I have had the privilege of being around most of my heroes which is awesome because Iím a gospel fan through and through.
What do you hope your fans take away from your music? Do you think there is a greater music in your songs?
Ultimately what i want supporters to take from my music is the message of hope and peace. I would like to be remembered and known as someone who helped redefine the future of worship in our churches. How we can be creative and free. Thatís something Iíve been called to and am excited about.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers? ​
Simply, you are in pursuit of a music career or any career Ė if success if on your radar Ė make it about Jesus, everything else is a facade and the only truth is found in who He is because he is the way to truth and to life. That would be my words of encouragement. Heís the only thing that can sustain and satisfy.


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  As a high level executive responsible for day-to-day operations at Greene's label, Thornton revealed that Greene is continuing to make efforts to bridge any racial gaps that may exist with music - like one race gravitating more toward CCM music while another may favor gospel. For Thornton, it's important for his artists to blur those lines by being intentional with their collaboration efforts.

 "Gospel is one of those genres while some people want to associate it with one race or demographic but it's for everybody. I think gospel music will be very instrumental in helping to bridge the gap globally," Thornton said. "We're working on Travis Greene's forthcoming record now and we're encouraging Travis to have some collaborations on his album. We're even exploring features for other artists with Travis specifically and just creating the dialogue."

  For Greene, who is also the pastor of Forward City Church in Columbia, South Carolina, it's important to use his craft as a means to spread the gospel beyond his comfort zone.

  "We have the greatest message on the planet and we have to get uncomfortable enough to take that message out of our churches, into the world that needs it. The Bible says in Matthew 5 very plain that we are the salt and light of the world ... not in church," Greene told CP. "So we've got to get out of the salt shaker. We've got to get out of this concentrated place and take it to the world."

  Thornton is using his industry contacts and experience to make that happen by reaching out to well-known mainstream artists such as R. Kelly and Bruno Mars for collaboration efforts with songwriting. But before the world witnesses the fruits of that, Thornton insisted that they have a lot to be excited about with the double disc and DVD collection release of "WOW Gospel 2017."

  The 20th edition record features hits from the biggest names in the gospel music industry like Kirk Franklin, Anthony Brown, Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Marvin Sapp, Shirley Caesar, Tamela Mann, Donnie McClurkin, William Murphy and Greene, among others. When the collection began 20 years ago, Greene's mother was fighting for her life and played the WOW Gospel CD constantly.

  "It is really kind of surreal, it's one of those things where as a fan of gospel I had to take a step back and take a deep breath. I remember my mother ... we were planning for her funeral and we would listen to WOW Gospel every day," he recalled. "Now 20 years later, she's still alive calling to interrupt my studio sessions to let me know I have toilet paper in my closet. It's such a joy and I think that's what makes this record so special."

  While it is a gospel record, Thornton and his team at RCA made sure to include sounds that would inspire the contemporary and traditional listeners.

  "I'm a believer in spreading the good news and giving people music they can listen to in tough times. That doesn't mean music you can just listen to one day a week when you're headed to church on Sunday morning," Thornton told CP. "This is the music that's life music. If you can just pop in this CD and it gives you a little bit of comfort in that time that's the goal."

   ~ from www.ChristianPost.com ~



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Join rising star Travis Greene for an exceptional live performance. Recorded in Nashville, Crossover: Live from Music City includes the hit single "You Waited."

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Gospel singer Travis Greene's hit song "Intentional" was the top selling gospel track in the country according to both SoundScan and Billboard.com. The song also holds the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart. An inspiring and melodic track, the talented singer-songwriter helps his audience believe that everything that happens is part of a bigger plan. 
In reference to the single's latest status, Travis says, "When I heard the news about Intentional reaching Number 1, I was stunned and ecstatic. My prayer for this song was that it would simply encourage people around the world to trust God more and know that He does everything intentionally for our good!" "Intentional" is the first single off of Travis' highly-anticipated debut album "The Hill," which was live recorded late last year in his hometown of Charlotte, NC. "Intentional"
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