Travis Benjamin Rush (born 15 January 1971) is a country music singer from Oregon.
Travis Rush was born in Orange, California, where he lived for 9 months. He then moved to Gold Beach, Oregon. By the age of 10, Rush was singing in contests and playing the piano for local fans in his home town. He starting writing his own music when he was 14 and recorded his first single in a small recording studio in Coos Bay, Oregon. The music was never released to radio.
After graduating from high school in 1989, Rush toured with Up With People. He performed over 200 concerts in 13 countries over the course of twelve months. After the tour, he moved back to Oregon to go to school at Oregon State University. In his second year, he dropped out and went back to Tucson, Arizona, where Up With People was based and was asked to go perform for Diet Coke in The Netherlands at the Floriada. After his 2 week performance, he came back to the U.S. As he continued to write and record music in Tucson, he began modeling with an agency in Phoenix, Arizona called the Robert Black Agency. He then moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked with another modeling agency, while writing more music, attending songwriter workshops and pitching his songs to major records labels. He continued to get turned down by every label he approached. Finally, Rush decided that he needed to find another way to break into the major music scene, so he sold all of his gear, moved back to Oregon and bought a restaurant in Portland, Oregon with a friend from home. He bought an $800 piano and put it in the bar where he would play and sing for customers every Saturday and Sunday nights. After 6 months, the restaurant was subjected to the Floods of '96 in Portland and he lost everything and was forced into filing bankruptcy. He then started an Internet business, which he had initially planned to use to promote talent. The website was called WebbTalent.com, which is no longer in existence now. That business grew into building and hosting websites for companies all over the country. And as of 2012, Rushweb Solutions, hosts 1000's of websites for small businesses, member based non-profits, such as Rotary International clubs, and has developed a suite of online tools for the Optometry profession. Throughout the next 8 years of his life, Travis continued to write music and perform in small venues, until he decided it was time to go for it again in 2005. He began to use his in-depth knowledge of the Internet to catapult himself back into the music scene. In May 2006, he finished his debut solo album "Come And Get It." In September 2006, Travis signed a 2 album licensing deal with a Los Angeles based independent record label called Broken Halo Records.
Late in 2007, Travis was released from his second album obligation with Broken Halo Records at the request of Thom King, co-partner in Broken Halo Records. In late 2008, Travis and Thom King started a co-owned independent record label called Mason Records, LLC.
In 2008, Rush recorded a Christmas album, shortly after being approached by Nashville manager, Jim Henson. Jim managed Joe Diffie and has also done tour and production management for other country acts, such as Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols and Restless Heart. Travis signed an artist management agreement with Henson and, in 2009, they teamed up with Nashville guitarist and producer Roger Eaton to begin the production of Travis new album titled "Feel," scheduled to be released March 16 of 2010. As of 2012, his Christmas album was still unreleased.
On June 31 of 2012, Travis and Cheyenne, welcomed their second child, Carter Daniel Rush, into the world. As a result, Travis decided to take a break from music, still writing as he could, and spent the next year at home with his wife, daughter, Avery, and her new brother.
As of 2006, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
In August 2009, Travis married Cheyenne Elizabeth Daugherty. In October 2009, he adopted Cheyenne's daughter Avery.
On June 31, 2011, Travis and Cheyenne gave birth to Carter Daniel Rush.
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