Randy and Mary Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors: “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2002). To date, he has 22 No. 1 singles, 31 Top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Four of his albums are Gold Records. Four are Platinum. One has gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. In 2017, Randy was honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds™ Nashville. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and rigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing. For more information please visit randytravis.com
Sohayla was born Tehran, Iran in 1982 during the war between Iran and Iraq. Sohayla’s family arrived in Canada in 1988. At 9 years of age Sohayla was sexually abused and was terrified to tell her family. She tried many times to commit suicide and in the 8th grade was introduced by a teacher to the occult. In grade 10 Sohayla connected with Scott (now her husband), who was a Christian, and instantly she knew that he had something she was missing. Scott started telling her about the Bible and who Jesus but, being a Muslim at the time, and coming from a very morally strict family, she knew that she was not allowed to date Scott, and especially believe in Jesus. One day Sohayla realized that “if I died right now, I would be going to hell”. She immediately called Scott and began to ask “how someone becomes a Christian?” and he said “you just pray and declare that Jesus is Lord, and that you want Him to be your Savior!”. The next day she and Scott walked out back of their high school, to a little forest area, found a bench to sit on, and Scott led her to Christ. Sohayla has experienced many poignant moments along her Christian journey and one of the most recent miraculous experiences was in 2015 when she was given a diagnosis of Stage 3 invasive breast cancer. Her prognosis was bleak and Sohayla decided to keep the severity of the diagnosis from everyone. Sohayla was miraculously healed from cancer after one year of journeying with this disease.