Country Music star and icon Randy Travis was born in Marshville, North Carolina on May 4, 1959. His father forced him to learn to play the guitar as a small child, which eventually led him to a life of self destruction. Randy got his life together after a serious bout of drug abuse, which to this day he says that he seriously regrets ever getting involved and addicted. Randy Travis has appeared in several television shows some of which he has portrayed himself. He has been signed with several record labels throughout his career. In 1997, Travis left Warner Brothers and signed with DreamWorks Records, which caused him to decide to switch his musical focus from country music to gospel music. One of the most notorious hits Three Wooden Crosses became a number 1 hit and earned him several Dove Awards.
On November 30, 1978, Clay Aiken was born in Raleigh-Chapel Hill, N.C. Clay began his rise to stardom on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. He was offered a recording contract with RCA Records. Clay Aiken’s released a multi-platinum album in October 2003 called Measure of a Man and has released another four albums, with the last one as of date being On My Way Here, which was released on May 6, 2008. This album was his first, which contained all original material, since 2003. Clay has made several guest appearances on various talk shows and sit-coms. In 2003, Clay Aiken created the Bubel Aiken Foundation, which assists people with Intellectual Disabilities and accepted an ambassadorship with UNICEF in 2004.