Three Wooden Crosses

Album: Rise and Shine (2002)
Charted: 31
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  • Written by Nashville songwriters Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, this narrative number about the redemption of a prostitute was the 2003 Country Music Association Song of the Year.
  • The song was released on the inspirational record label Word Records, and it became the first Christian label release to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. It was Travis' sixteenth #1 single in total, and his first since "Whisper My Name" in 1994. It was also Travis' highest charting single to date on the Hot 100.
  • The story recounted in this song is symbolic of Travis' own conversion. He explained to Christian Music Today: "I came from a background that was heavy with drugs and alcohol and arrests. I've heard people speak about how a vision or something hit them, like a light turned on, right then and there. For me, I was into my early twenties, and I went to bed one night and just started reading the Bible. That's how the slow process of coming to understand that I needed to know more about the Word of God began, and then coming to the point of accepting Christ and water baptism."

Comments: 3

  • Camille from Toronto, OhNo only no is now November 2012...about 10 years after Three Wooden Crosses was hit...I just saw Randy Travis and the Avett Brothers sing this song on a new CMT Crossroads and it is incredible. I predict their collaboration will propel the song into the music charts again, and rightly so. The vocals, so rich, so layered, so wonderful to listen to.
  • Joe from Grants Pass, Orgreat song and i love the fact that theres no haters but theres only 1 comment ....................acward still awsome song
  • Karen from Manchester, NhThe twist ending to this song always brings tears to my eyes. Great song.
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