- Performed with his older brother Ricky when they were both younger.
- Worked as a cook and dishwasher (when he wasn't singing on stage) at the Nashville Palace in the early 1980s.
- Storms of Life, his 1986 debut album, sold more than 4 million copies.
- Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1986.
- Has an uncredited cameo in Young Guns (1988).
- Appeared in seven episodes of Touched By An Angel and also lent the song "When Mama Prayed" to the series finale.
- Released Anniversary Celebration in 2011, a collection of duets and collaborations in honor of the 25 years since the release of his debut album.
- Suffered a stroke in 2013.