Crossing Over with Travis Greene

Written by on 29 January 2018

Gospel singer, musician, and songwriter Travis Greene earned so many Stellar Awards at this year’s ceremonies in Las Vegas that he could have used a shopping cart to carry them home.

Add a recent win at the Billboard Music Awards for his song, “Made a Way,” and there’s no doubt the Greene home now needs a bigger trophy case.

But has this newfound success changed his life, the Journal of Gospel Music asked Greene in a telephone interview earlier this month.

“What part?” he laughs. “The only real change is a busier schedule, but I’ve always been who I am. I’ve always had a lot of energy. I love people, so I get to do what I love doing, just on a bigger platform now. I can’t take any credit for it – it’s all Jesus.”

JGM first heard of Travis Greene with the release of his 2010 single, “Still Here.” Not long after, gospel artist Lisa McClendon name checked Greene as a singer she was following. “A lot of people think [my success] was overnight,” he said, “but I’ve been at this a little while.”

In fact, Travis Greene’s journey as a professional gospel artist began in earnest in 2007.

His chief inspiration was John P. Kee, but he also cites Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond as influences. “I’m a fan of gospel music,” he said. “More than listening to it, I’ve studied it all my life. Even now, I like to break down the science of it because I’ve been a student for so long.

More than listening and studying gospel, Greene wanted to get into music and ministry

“The big push I needed came from my piano instructor at Georgia Southern University. She was asking me what I was going to do after graduation. My plan was to go to grad school and get a master’s in business. She told me not to. She told me to do what was in my heart to do. I told her my heart was in music and ministry. She said, ‘Well go after it. Don’t bide time.’ That’s what I did. It took a while, but we’re here!”

Greene received an early confirmation of his faith walk at the release party for his debut album, The More, in 2007.

“I did my album release in a gym in Warner Robins, Georgia,” he said. “I was very surprised by the outcome. People packed it out. There were 300 to 400 people there, and it was probably one of the bigger events that year, honestly, in that city.”

That was just the start. His latest album, The Hill (RCA Inspiration), garnered him seven Stellar Awards, including Song of the Year (“Made a Way”) and Male Vocalist of the Year; and the Billboard Music Award for “Made a Way.”

But what makes Greene’s music so popular?

“It’s music full of passion and praise,” he explained. “It’s music that’s easy to worship to. It’s accessible energetic, fun, and liberating.”

By Bob Marovich

Read more at Journal of Gospel Music

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