“Whisper My Name”
Written by Trey Bruce
#1 (1 week)
September 3, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 26, 1994
Randy Travis earns his final No. 1 single from his Warner Bros. era.
The Road to No. 1
“Before You Kill Us All” reached No. 1 as the lead single from This is Me, and the second release from the album did the same.
The No. 1
“Whisper My Name” fully engages the spiritual side of Travis, which would become a bigger part of his public persona in his later years as a recording artist.
The gospel-tinged hit finds a greater purpose and meaning embedded in the simple act of the woman he love whispering his name. True to the lyric, the song is performed in an understated way, with Travis often singing barely above a whisper, especially on the verses.
This felt like the moment when Travis fully transitioned from young New Traditionalist star to an elder statesman of the genre, despite him still being pretty young himself in 1994. By this time, he was a veteran compared to most of the artists on the radio, and this mature and purposeful record distinguished him from the pack as such.
The Road From No. 1
This is Me produced two additional top ten hits with the title track and “The Box,” pushing the album to gold status. Despite the success at radio, it was his first studio album to fall short of platinum sales. His next album for Warner Bros., Full Circle, failed to produce a top twenty single or earn certification of any kind. Travis departed the label and resurfaced on a new upstart imprint in 1998. We’ll see him again with two chart-toppers from that run.
“Whisper My Name” gets an A.
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