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About Buddy Travis

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Born Travis Johnson III in Houston, Texas. Early in life, Buddy captivated audiences with his beautiful voice, singing in the church choir. As he matured, so did his fascination for lyrics and music. He listened passionately to blues, jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues. All played an important role in his life.

Graduating from Phyllis Wheatley High School, Buddy moved to San Diego, California to his mother and family, who had relocated a few years earlier. The beauty of Southern California ignited his love for nature’s bountiful glory and led him to study horticulture while attending college in San Diego. However, his desire to sing continued and he left school to pursue that dream. While visiting in Northern California, he met a man who would become his singing partner and best friend, Leroy “Stacy” Johnson.

Stacy met with an untimely death. But while together, Buddy & Stacy became one of the hottest song and dance acts on the circuit. They performed with Little Richard, Jr. Walker and The All Stars, Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Pattie Bell and The Blue Bells, Johnny Taylor, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Jay and The Americans and many other entertainers. Their syncopated, dynamic dance routines, eye appeal and soulful voices placed them above others duos of the time. If you’re lucky enough to catch it, their amazing talent may be seen on repeats of MTV’s documentary of Jimi Hendrix, whose electrifying band played for Buddy & Stacy’s performances before Hendrix launched his own meteoric career.

After the loss of Stacy, Buddy continued singing, joining “The Ballads,” a Northern California singing group, who recorded such hits as “God Bless Our Love” Good Night My Love” “Can’t See Your Love” & “Confessing The Feeling”. Buddy also appeared in many of Norman Lear’s TV sitcoms. Buddy was also one of the principle operators of the original Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N’ Waffles Restaurant, located in Hollywood, California. Buddy also wrote and was the main character in the television commercials for Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N’ Waffles.

After many years on the road, Buddy reconfirmed his Christian faith and joined West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, California. Buddy’s younger brother, Pastor Kenneth and Pat Johnson of Eternal Life Christian Center in Oxnard, California, helped Buddy to discover that he was to articulate Christianity through his lyrics, music and life style. That was his revelation, his destiny. In his home town of Palmdale, California, Buddy was licensed in the Ministry while an associate Minister at Faith In The Word Christian Center in Quartz Hills, California.

Minister Buddy Travis is founder of Vision Missionary Ministry

Mission Statement

The mission of Vision Missionary Ministry is to assist individuals who have lost hope.  The ministries vision is to help improve the life of others through Spiritual enrichment and Biblical principals.  Vision Missionary Ministry believes that the word of God, heals, restores, repairs and rejuvenates the soul and spirit of man.  Through the restoration powers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Ministry reach’s out to people who do not attend organized churches.

Vision Missionary Ministry outreach program includes, churches, middle and high schools, youth groups, residential treatment facilities and other organizations of its kind through out the world.  We at Vision Missionary Ministry, under the leadership of Minister (Buddy) Travis Johnson III, has traveled the world ministering to thousands, bringing joy and love to all in need. His ability to reach out to our youth is uncanny and you must be there to believe it. Parents find themselves being enlightened on issues dealing with everyday life as well.

The power of love is truly a blessing to share, and this is what the ministry does for the people it comes in contact with. Hope is the nourishment in which faith acts on, for a people without hope, faith will wither.  Hope, Faith, Grace and the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are the corner stones of Vision Missionary Ministry.

Proverbs 29:18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Buddy Travis's Music is now available at CDBaby:

Buddy Travis can be reached at 818-339-8346
or E-Mail Buddy at buddy.travis@yahoo.com

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