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Randy Travis grew up in Marshville as Randy Traywick. The 61-year-old has won eight Grammy awards. He has reached the top of the Billboard Country Music Songs charts 16 times.

MARSHVILLE — In February of this year, a North Carolina artist proposed the idea of painting a mural of Randy Travis in Marshville as a way to honor the eight-time Grammy award winning country music performer. The Marshville Town Council approved the proposal about a month ago.

According to an email from Marshville Mayor Larry B. Smith Jr., “The work will be accomplished by the town with the use of a dollar for dollar matching grant from an anonymous donor (as well as perhaps with some other possible private donors in the community to help with the remaining half).”

Scott Nurkin owns The Mural Shop, which honors the state’s most recognizable musicians with murals in their hometowns. Nurkin founded the Mural Shop 15 years ago. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and attended Lorenzo de’ Medici School of Art in Italy.

To complete the mural, Nurkin’s shop is seeking partnerships. The estimated total cost of the project is $8,000. The mural itself is estimated to cost $4,000. A lift ($1,800), materials ($1,000), travel and accommodations ($1,000) and insurance ($200) make up the remaining budget.

According to a proposal by The Mural Shop: “Once location is identified, The Mural Shop will determine necessary steps prior to painting. These can include, but are not limited to: loose brick and mortar, cracks, removal of extraneous wires or non-essential equipment as well as any exterior repair work. We guarantee a 10-year lifespan of the mural after proper preparation of the wall and clear-coat sealing. We retain a standing contract to correct any issues that may occur to the mural (graffiti, external damage) within that lifespan which covers up to 3 independent returns for corrections.”

This story was updated on August 4, 2020. The original report credited Mayor Smith with approving the proposal. It should have stated Town Council made the approval.